The Seasons. James Thomson.
The Seasons
The Seasons

The Seasons

London: Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts, & Green, 1863. Octavo, original pebbled green cloth ruled and decorated in gilt, gilt medallion to center of upper board, yellow endpapers, all edges gilt. Engraved frontispiece by Henry Vizetelly, seventy-seven engraved illustrations in text. Engraved bookplate and 1866 ownership signature of Frederick Edlmann, later bookplate of Anthony Estill. A few tiny stray marks to cloth. Housed in a custom clamshell box.

Handsome illustrated edition of one of the most influential English nature poems, first published between 1726 and 1730; this is the third edition to feature engravings throughout the text by members of The Etching Club. Thomson described natural phenomena with a heightened sensitivity that directly inspired the Romantics: “The reeling clouds / Stagger with dizzy poise, as doubting yet / Which master to obey: while, rising slow, / Blank, in the leaden-colour'd east, the moon / Wears a wan circle round her blunted horns." This edition includes Patrick Murdoch's life of Thomson and William Collins's “Ode on the Death of Mr. Thomson." A bright, near-fine copy, in a decorative cloth binding by Edmonds & Remnants.

Price: $175.00

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