1850 · London
Handsome second edition of this collection of poetry by James Thomson (1700–48), writer of the British patriotic song, "Rule, Britannia!" and best known as author of "The Seasons" — a tetralogy of lengthy blank-verse celebrations of the countryside's landscape that influenced not only poets but artists such as Thomas Gainsborough, J.M.W. Turner, and Joseph Haydn.
Patrick Murdoch's short biographical piece on Thomson is included here, as well as a preface by James Nichols and notes from the editor. => Stunning engravings signed by English engravers John Gilbert and William Greatbach appear throughout, protected by tissue guards.
Binding: Dark teal(?) morocco darkened to black with beveled boards and intricate decoration in blind; gilt lettering and additional blind decoration to spine. Marbled endpapers, all edges gilt and gauffered. Binder's ticket of Poulter of Leamington on front pastedown.
Evidence of Readership: Two rather interestingly late-dated notes of reading completion (August and September 1942), in pencil in margins.
Provenance: Signature and initials of V.C. Turnbull on verso of front free endpaper; another owner's notes on place/price of purchase on the same page. Bound as above, refurbished. Lacks half-title; frontispiece and several plates lightly foxed, offsetting to tissue guards from plates, and small, sparse spots of staining to several leaves. Pencillings as above plus one pencilled marginal rule. => A lovely collection, delicately detailed plates, and an excellent binding. (Inventory #: 37350)