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The seasons; with The castles of indolence by James Thomson. Embellished with engravings from the designs of Richd. Westall R A.

Thomson, James.

Published by W. B. Gilley (Daniel Fanshaw, printer), New York, 1817
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Later American edition and in early American printed boards, now VERY scarce as such. James Thomson (1700?48), Scottish poet and dramatist, was one of the most influential poets of his day; he is perhaps best remembered for "The Seasons" whose sections were published separately ? Winter in 1726, Summer in 1727, Spring in 1728, and Autumn in 1730. The complete poem was published in 1730 and inspired numerous imitators and admirers, such as Coleridge and Haydn, who composed an oratorio from its German translation. The added engraved title-page here is embellished with engravings from the designs of Richard Westall, and the frontispiece and added title-page were engraved by John Scoles. Among the four wood-engraved illustrations for the seasons, three are definitely by Alexander Anderson. => "Spring" and "Summer" are signed "Anderson" and "Winter" is signed "A." 12mo. Front., added engr. t.-p., 287, [1 (blank)] pp.; 4 plts. Shaw & Shoemaker 42282; Pomeroy, Alexander Anderson, 565a. Uncut and partially unopened copy. Publisher's printed paper over boards softly rubbed, obscuring some printing detail; very fragile, with joints cracked and weak, paper of spine cracked and chipped. Initials "JSH" inked on front free endpaper; a different monogram inked at top of title-page. All plates in nice impressions and frontispiece with protective tissue guard; some foxing/offsetting to this and engraved title-page opposite. Very evocative. Bookseller Inventory # 9907

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Title: The seasons; with The castles of indolence ...

Publisher: W. B. Gilley (Daniel Fanshaw, printer), New York

Publication Date: 1817

Binding: Hardcover

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

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