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Book - “Pinnock's Improved Edition of Dr. Goldsmith's History of England
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Title: Book - “Pinnock's Improved Edition of Dr. Goldsmith's History of England"
Identifier: 979.6.1376
Donor: Geoffrey Sayers
Item Date: 1855
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: A book entitled "Pinnock's Improved Edition of Dr. Goldsmith's History of England" (1855) by William Taylor. The book has plain black cover with gold lettering on the spine. The inscription handwritten in black ink on the second front fly leaf reads: "Arthur B. Harris, August 19th 1856". The book has a tassel (remnants of a book mark) in between the two front fly leaves.

Oliver Goldsmith (1730 -1774) was an Irish writer, poet and physician known for his novel The Vicar of Wakefield (1766), his pastoral poem The Deserted Village (1770) (written in memory of his brother), and his plays The Good-Natur'd Man (1768) and She Stoops to Conquer (1771, first performed in 1773). He also wrote An History of the Earth and Animated Nature. He is thought to have written the classic children's tale The History of Little Goody Two-Shoes, the source of the phrase "goody two-shoes".

William Pinnock (1782 - 1843) was a British publisher and educational writer. In partnership with Samuel Maunder he published cheap educational works. The firm's first productions were a series of Catechisms, planned by Pinnock, consisting of short popular manuals, arranged in the form of question and answer, of the different departments of knowledge. They were followed by abridged editions of Goldsmith's histories of England, Greece and Rome, and a series of county histories. Http://

William Cooke Taylor (1800 -1849) was a miscellaneous writer. He wrote for pay for various publications. He edited several of the catechisms of William Pinnock and the various histories which had been compiled by Oliver Goldsmith. He also produced original works. Taylor was a Whig and was passionate about the causes he sided with. Http://,_William_Cooke_(DNB00)

Arthur Beveridge Harris (1843-1932) was the only surviving son of Elizabeth (née Molony) (1829-1884) and Captain James Beveridge Harris (1797-1884). He later married Mary Magrath (1859-1954) and they had three children, Annie (1882-1986), Naomi (1883-1968), and Margaret (1887) who died shortly after birth. Arthur helped his father with the daily tasks of maintaining a farm. He inherited the Benares in 1884, upon the death of his father, Captain Harris. In the same decade, both Arthur and Mary received a number of inheritances that made life easier at Benares.
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