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THOMSON, James (1700--1748)
The seasons, by James Thomson. Illustrated with engravings by F. Bartolozzi, R.A. and P.W. Tomkins, ... from original pictures painted for the work by W. Hamilton, R.A.
London: printed for P.W. Tomkins. The letter-press by T. Bensley. The types by V. Figgins, 1797 [i.e. 1798?].
[12], 244 p., engr. frontis., engr. dedic., [6] pl. : engr. illus. ; 47.1 cm. (2°)

The first combined issue of The four seasons was published in 1730. The engravings are dated 1792-1798. The plates and pages in Soane's copy do not correspond to the printed list of the engravings. Tomkins's Angel striking the silver lyre, listed as a vignette, is printed as a plate in this copy. With a list of subscribers. ESTC t146637.

Binding C19th diced russia, gilt-ruled and tooled borders of Greek key pattern and scrolled foliage with gilt-tooled anthemion and leaf corners, gilt-tooled greek key turn-ins, edges of boards tooled in bellflower design, gilt-tooled spine. With the orange binder's label of 'C. Kalthoeber, London', pasted down on the verso of the front free-endpaper.

Reference Number 3449


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