New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1908. First Thus. The Turk's Head Edition. Limited to 1,000 numbered sets (this being #552), signed by the publisher. Ten octavo volumes (8 3/4 x 6 inches; 220 x 150 mm.). Contemporary full green crushed levant morocco. Covers decoratively panelled in gilt, with cream morocco floral onlays, spines lettered and tooled in gilt in compartments with cream morocco floral onlays, turn-ins decoratively tooled in gilt, blue morocco doublures decoratively bordered in gilt, blue watered silk liners, top edge gilt, others uncut. Spines very lightly and uniformly sunned. Photogravure frontispieces, vignette titles, and plates. Descriptive tissue guards. A superb set.
"The Turk's Head - A London tavern, was a favorite haunt and a kind of social headquarters of the men of letters in Goldsmith's day. It was at this place of entertainment, too, that the Literary Club, the most famous organisation of its kind in the history of English letters, held its meetings… The illustrations are from designs by Mr. Frederick Simpson Coburn, who has so well earned the enviable reputation as an illustrator which is now his" (Publisher's note). (Item #3654)