first editionfull straight grain burgundy morocco, decorated and lettered in gilt, all edges gilt, brown endpapers
by THOMSON James and MURDOCH P
London: Printed for Wilkie and Robinson; et al, 1811. First edition. full straight grain burgundy morocco, decorated and lettered in gilt, all edges gilt, brown endpapers. Very slight rubbing of edges, spine a tad darkened, else fine. Octavo. Illustrated The Seasons is a series of four poems written by the Scottish author James Thomson. The first part, Winter, was published in 1726, and the completed poem cycle appeared in 1730.The poem was extremely influential, and stimulated works by John Christopher Smith, Joseph Haydn, Thomas Gainsborough and J. M. W. Turner among many others.The lengthy blank verse poem, reflecting on the landscape of the countryside, was highly influential and much liked for at least a century after its writing. Especially lavish editions were produced between 1830 and 1870 in Britain and America.A dispute over the publishing rights to The Seasons gave rise to two important legal decisions (Millar v. Taylor; Donaldson v. Beckett) in the history of copyright. In 1750, the London bookseller Andrew Millar reprinted the 1746 edition of The Works of James Thomson vol. 1. and included a prefatory note that emphasized the author’s preference for the 1746 edition. Millar may have referred to the 1744 edition because it was the first expanded version of Thomson’s famous poem, it sold quickly, and it may have helped to clarify for Millar that he owned the highly valuable copyright of this book in perpetuity.Thomson's The Seasons was translated into German by Barthold Heinrich Brockes (1745). This translation formed the basis for a work with the same title by Gottfried van Swieten, which became the libretto for Haydn's oratorio The Seasons.Artists such as Thomas Medland, Anker Smith and John Neagle (1792) created engravings to accompany the poems.
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