DescriptionJames Thomson. [Liberty. A Poem]
Antient and Modern Italy Compared: Being the First Part of Liberty, A Poem.
Greece: Being the Second Part of Liberty.
Rome: Being the Third Part of Liberty. London: A. Millar, 1735. Krown & Spellman retail: $150. First Editions of the first three parts (of five). 4to. ¹1, B-I2,K1[lacks ad leaf];[¹2, B-E4;¹1,B-F4.[Lacks half-titles] ,v-vii, ,-37; , 10-42; , 10-48pp. Disbound, in paper wraps, first part paper toned. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
Thomson, James (1700-1748), poet. "Thomson's new long blank-verse poem, Liberty, was ... dedicated to Frederick (Prince of Wales). This whiggish historical narrative traces the rise and fall of liberty in ancient Greece and Rome and in modern Europe until its perfection in England at the revolution of 1688. The poem ends, however, as it had begun, among the ruins of Rome, with an implicit warning that luxury and political corruption might ruin even Britain. Thomson set great store by Liberty; so did Andrew Millar, who paid £250 for the copyright in December 1734. The poem was published in five parts, three in early 1735, the remaining two a year later, and its ill-success is measured by a print order that diminished from 3250 copies of the first part to 1250 of the last two parts. Even so, Thomson wished to be known as the author of this poem, for his portrait by Stephen Slaughter shows him holding a drawing of personified Liberty. " [ODNB]This is the first three parts only. ESTC n473330. Foxon T187,192,195. BM 238:308. CBEL II:306.
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