“COME, GENTLE SPRING…”
THOMSON, James. Complete Poetical Works. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1908. Small octavo, contemporary three-quarter red morocco gilt, raised bands, marbled endpapers, to edge gilt. $400.
“Oxford” edition, featuring Thomson’s classic “The Seasons.”
Thomson’s poetry anticipates the Romantic movement, so much so that “The Seasons may be regarded as inaugurating a new era in English poetry” (DNB), laying the groundwork (while still in the age of Pope) for the work of Wordsworth and other extollers of the natural world. “One of the most popular of English poems… immensely influential” (Drabble, 979). First published 1726-30.
A fine copy.