The Seasons, By James Thomson With the Original Steel Engravings From the Designs of Richard Westall, R.A.
Thomson, James

New York, N.Y.: Frederick A. Stokes & Brother, 1889. 215 pages; tissue-guarded frontispiece engraving and others within the text, a total of 6, collated complete; each 'Season' prefaced by an illustrative scene and also the 'Hymn' final piece; limited edition No. 61 of 1500; James Thomson (1700 - 1748) British poet "...The Seasons provided subjects for Haydn's oratorio and for artists as various as William Kent, Richard Wilson, Thomas Gainsborough, J. M. W. Turner, Henry Fuseli, William Etty, and Richard Westall. It did much to establish natural description as a proper subject and blank verse as a normal medium for long serious poems. Though not strictly a didactic or topographical poem itself, it gave impetus to a stream of blank-verse georgics and loco-descriptive poems in the second half of the eighteenth century..." (James Sambrook in the DNB); nicely printed on quality Van Gelder watermark paper by Robert Maclerose at the University Press Glasgow; previous owner inscription on the title page from Mrs. A.M. & Mr. J.C. Russell to Daisy (Mrs. Clendinin Thompson); approx. 4 1/2" x 7" size; bound in the original marbled-paper covered boards, brown cloth spine and corners, gilt rules, top edge gilt, others untrimmed, spine with gilt titles; some edge, tips wear and rubbing to the boards, spine ends with a bit of wear; in very good condition. Good Hardcover (Item ID: 24324)


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