The Seasons 1816 James Thomson illustrated poetry decorative leather bookBrian DiMambro- Antiquarian Books, Maps & Prints
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The Seasons by James Thomson.
Published 1816, London for John Sharpe.
215 pages. Text in English. Engraved half title protected by original tissue guards. Illustrated with six engraved plates protected by original tissue guards. Early book binders tag of C. Hinton, Blackfriar's Road, London.
Period full leather binding, raised bands, gilt title lettering & compartment decorations, gilt ruled covers, all edges & turn ins gilt.
Book is physically old and shows some signs of handling and time. Item is not new or in "new" condition.
Binding gently age worn, leather slightly rubbed with some minor surface scratches, but still supple, joints slightly scuffed, remains overall very attractive as a hand made object of the early 19th century.
Text block paper is gently toned, light to moderate scattered age spotting to plates, evidence of old bookplate removal from front pastedown, internally still well preserved, tight, sound.
Still attractive on the shelf. Book displays a pleasing and unique age patina and is in nice antiquarian condition, any age flaws easy to overlook or forgive.
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Book Measures c.6 5/8" H x 4 1/8" W.