London: George G. Harrap and Company, Limited, 1929. [English Literature] FIRST RACKHAM EDITION. Quarto (26 x 20cm), pp.232. With twelve plates in colour and several black and white illustrations. Publisher's original blue cloth with gilt titles and floral decoration to, top edge gilt, illustrated end papers. Contents fine, discreet gift note to verso of endpaper, cloth lightly handled and toned. A near fine copy. The classic romantic novel, so much admired by the Victorians, in which the humanitarian vicar is brought low by a sequence of misfortunes and the petty evils of others. Risking ruin, he continues to exemplify Christian virtues and is duly rewarded for his faith. Beautifully illustrated by the genius of Rackham's pen. Item #59227
Book Collector No.271, 'The Great Illustrators' 31.
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