The Miscellaneous Works of Oliver Goldsmith. GOLDSMITH. Oliver.

The Miscellaneous Works of Oliver Goldsmith.

London: 1832.

Six volumes duodecimo, bound in uniform contemporary polished sheep with gilt spines.

Quaint original Sydney Town colonial binding

Choice example of colonial Sydney bookbinding, with each volume bearing the ticket of stationer William Moffitt of Pitt Street (most often remembered as printer and distributor of the New South Wales Calendar and General Post Office Directory). Moffitt was also a skilled engraver, credited with creating the first banknotes for New Zealand. His life is a good example of the opportunities for personal and class advancement available in New South Wales. Transported for larceny in 1827, he was assigned to the Engineer's Department and married a free immigrant. A devoted and intelligent businessman, Moffitt's retail premises on Pitt Street were considered the grandest in Sydney Town on the eve of the gold rush, and he died in 1874 with a staggering personal fortune valued in excess of £200,000. Happily, success never changed his style: 'he avoided public life, devoting himself to his business and to unobtrusive acts of private benevolence' (ADB).

Choice example of colonial Sydney bookbinding, with each volume bearing the ticket of stationer William Moffitt of Pitt Street (most often remembered as printer and distributor of the New South Wales Calendar and General Post Office Directory). Moffitt was also a skilled engraver, credited with creating the first banknotes for New Zealand. His life is a good example of the opportunities for personal and class advancement available in New South Wales. Transported for larceny in 1827, he was assigned to the Engineer's Department and married a free immigrant. A devoted and intelligent businessman, Moffitt's retail premises on Pitt Street were considered the grandest in Sydney Town on the eve of the gold rush, and he died in 1874 with a staggering personal fortune valued in excess of £200,000. Happily, success never changed his style: 'he avoided public life, devoting himself to his business and to unobtrusive acts of private benevolence' (ADB).

Price (AUD): $1,100.00  other currencies     Ref: #2408657

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