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all this is charming, but

back flyleaf, Aristotle’s Treatise on Poetry
(contents of circulation slip(s) — and all but an “o” in the watermark — removed)

Refreshing shades, cool fountains, the singing of birds, sweet smells, boughs laden with fruit, the hum of bees, &c. — all this is charming, but it is not a landscape...

As for [the] preface, it is not yet fabricated, or rather not finished; for I have made a sort of a sbozzo, somewhat like such a landscape as rain makes upon an old wall, or coffee leaves behind in a cup. I never set about any task so à contraggenio. As to...

Sbozzo — draft, rough outline, sketch, sketch out, rough hew

...that Cambridge is not safe; because, if the French should land upon the Norfolk coast, it would be on their road to London (a man is just come to put up a telegraph upon my steeple). I should relish your Boccacio party...

  1. ex Thomas Twining (1735-1804 *), “On Poetry considered as an Imitative Art,” in his Aristotle’s Treatise on Poetry, translated : with notes on the translation, and on the original; and two dissertations, on poetical and musical imitation. Second edition, Vol. I (of two; 1812) : 45
    University of California copy, digitized January 3, 2007
  2. from letter To Dr. Burney (Fordham, August, 1788)   / 140 and
  3. from letter to Dr. Hey (Colchester, October 31, 1803)   / 237
    ex Recreations and Studies of a Country Clergyman of the Eighteenth Century, being selections from the correspondence of the Rev. Thomas Twining, M.A. (London, 1882)
    University of California copy, scandate 20071026

24 September 2016
tags: Thomas Twining; landscape; not a landscape; sbozzo; telegraph