The Seasons 1842 Thomson illustrated deluxe leather gift book ornate gilt A+Brian DiMambro- Antiquarian Books, Maps & Prints
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The Seasons, by James Thomson.
Published 1842, New York, by Harper & Brothers.
320 pages. Text in English. Frontis portrait protected by original tissue guards.
Profusion of small wood engraved illustrations throughout by E. Bookhout.
Period decorative gift leather binding, raised and gilt bands, gilt tracery decorated compartments, beautiful elaborate gilt cover designs including a central fountain, cover edges and turn ins with ornate decorative gilt patterns. All edges gilt. Printed patterned end papers.
Some scuffing and perhaps slight weakening to front joint, but covers firmly attached and sturdy, binding remains square, clean, tight, and sound. Interior contents bright and clean, largely free of any age-spotting.
Overall, a lovely if not exceptional antiquarian survival with a wonderful shelf appearance. Any age flaws are easy to overlook or forgive.
Book measures: 8" H X 6 1/2" W.