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The Seasons / by Mr. Thomson

James Thomson

RA Collection: Book

Record number




London: [s.n.], Printed in the year M.DCC.XXX

Physical Description

[12], 252 p., [5] leaves of plates : ill. ; 28.5 cm.

General Note

Titlepage in red and black.
First collected edition, containing the first issue of "Autumn".
Five plates and title-page vignette engraved by Nicolas Henri Tardieu after drawings by William Kent.
Issue includes: "A hymn" to the seasons" and "A poem sacred to the memory of Sir Isaac Newton", but not "Britannia"
A subscription edition.


[T.p.] - The Names of the Subscribers -- Errata - Spring. Inscrib'd to the RIGHT HONOURABLE the Countess of Harford -- Summer. Inscribed to the RIGHT HONOURABLE Mr. Dodington. -- Autumn. Inscribed to the RIGHT HONOURABLE Arthur Onslow, Esq; Speaker of the House of Commons. -- Winter. Inscribed to the RIGHT HONOURABLE the Lord Wilmington. - A Hymn. -- A POEM Sacred to the MEMORY of Sir Isaac Newton. Inscrib'd to the RIGHT HONOURABLE Sir Robert Walpole.


Foxon, T236
ESTC, T153055
S. Jung, James Thomson's The Seasons: print culture, and visual interpretation 1730-1842. (2015).


The front pastedown carries the 19th-century Armorial bookplate of George Soaper with motto "Esse quam videri" and the booklabel of Douglas Grant.

Copy Note

The front pastedown is inscribed in black ink "The subsequent Editions differ in many parts from this --"

Name as Subject


English poetry - 1660-1788 - Works


William Kent, artist/designer
Nicolas Henri Tardieu, engraver
Paul Fourdrinier, engraver

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