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  • " the most alluring place..."
    A GARDEN IN VENICE. by (Gardens, Venice) EDEN, F.
    (Gardens, Venice) EDEN, F.
    A GARDEN IN VENICE.

    London: "Country Life" 1903. The original edition of a first hand account of the creation, at the hands of English expatriates, of what would become a legendary Venetian garden, giardino eden, on La Guidecca in the Venetian lagoon. Located behind the Redentore, this one-time vegetable patch was transformed by Frederic (great uncle of the Prime Minister, Sir Anthony Eden) and Carolyn Eden ( the sister of Gertrude Jekyll) into a little English pleasure ground of pollarded willows, roses, Madonna lilies, irises, etc. beginning in 1884. While importing their own native tastes, the Edens took care to respect the local character of their grounds, " Building on formal lines made by the canals, an abandoned orchard had been crossed with straight…

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    London: "Country Life" 1903. The original edition of a first hand account of the creation, at the hands of English expatriates, of what would become a legendary Venetian garden, giardino eden, on La Guidecca in the Venetian lagoon. Located behind the Redentore, this one-time vegetable patch was transformed by Frederic (great uncle of the Prime Minister, Sir Anthony Eden) and Carolyn Eden ( the sister of Gertrude Jekyll) into a little English pleasure ground of pollarded willows, roses, Madonna lilies, irises, etc. beginning in 1884. While importing their own native tastes, the Edens took care to respect the local character of their grounds, " Building on formal lines made by the canals, an abandoned orchard had been crossed with straight walks covered by 600-700 yards of square-topped vine-clad pergola." (Festing, S. GERTRUDE JEKYLL p. 154). Traditional structures and ornaments were used. Eden includes an interesting account of well-making on the island and in the garden. The prominence of the Edens in the expatriate community brought notable guests to the garden, as did the caché of later residents such as Princess Aspasia of Greece and her daughter and son-in-law, the King and Queen of Yugoslavia. Henry James, Anna de Noailles, Maurice Barres and Jean Cocteau are also associated with the spot. D'Annunzio set a scene there in his IL FUOCO. In LES DELICES DE L'ITALIE, Jean Louis Vaudoyer calls the garden "the most alluring place in the world to abandon oneself to melancholy." (as quoted in Weal, M.T., POSTFACE; A GARDEN IN VENICE ). The garden was locked up after the death of its last occupant, but garden historian John Hall obtained entrance and wrote a description for HORTUS, Autumn 2003. Small 4to (23 x 18 cm); (vi) +135 + (1) pp. with decorative head and tail pieces, initial letters and text figures, from older engravings, including some from the Dream of Polyphilis, + frontispiece and 16 full page illustrations from photographs, with tissue guards, hors texte.

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    Original publisher's decoratively embossed leather"Venetian" style, some scuffing to extremities, pictorial endpapers; apart from light scuffing, a very good copy.

    Book ID: 16156
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  • A PHILOSOPHICAL TREATISE OF HUSBANDRY AND GARDENING: by BRADLEY, Richard; AGRICOLA, G(eorg). A(ndreas).
    BRADLEY, Richard; AGRICOLA, G(eorg). A(ndreas).
    A PHILOSOPHICAL TREATISE OF HUSBANDRY AND GARDENING: Being A New Method of Cultivating and Increasing all sorts of Trees, Shrubs, and Flowers. A Very Curious Work: Containing many Useful Secrets in Nature, for helping the Vegetation of Trees and Plants, and for fertilizing the most Stubborn Soils... Translated from The High-Dutch, with Remarks: and Adorned with Cuts. The whole Revised and Compared with the Original, together with a Preface, confirming this New Method, By RICHARD BRADLEY.

    London: P. Vaillant, and W. Mears and F. Clay 1721. First English edition, translated, with additions, by Richard Bradley. "This was the first treatise on cuttings and graftings, and it made Agricola famous." (Hunt 452). Georg Andreas Agricola was a German doctor from Regensburg whose discoveries regarding plant propagation aroused significant interest at the beginning of the eighteenth century. In a book entitled NEU- UND NIE ERHÖRTER DOCH IN DER NATUR UND VERNUNFFT WOHLGEGEGRÜNDETER VERSUCH DER UNIVERSAL VERMEHRUNG ALLER BÄUME, STAUDEN UND BLUMEN-GEWÄCHSE (1716-1717) he first published details of his methods, including the use of a plaster he called "vegetable mummy," to refute exaggerated claims made about his discoveries by another writer. Bradley prepared this English translation and added to…

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    London: P. Vaillant, and W. Mears and F. Clay 1721. First English edition, translated, with additions, by Richard Bradley. "This was the first treatise on cuttings and graftings, and it made Agricola famous." (Hunt 452). Georg Andreas Agricola was a German doctor from Regensburg whose discoveries regarding plant propagation aroused significant interest at the beginning of the eighteenth century. In a book entitled NEU- UND NIE ERHÖRTER DOCH IN DER NATUR UND VERNUNFFT WOHLGEGEGRÜNDETER VERSUCH DER UNIVERSAL VERMEHRUNG ALLER BÄUME, STAUDEN UND BLUMEN-GEWÄCHSE (1716-1717) he first published details of his methods, including the use of a plaster he called "vegetable mummy," to refute exaggerated claims made about his discoveries by another writer. Bradley prepared this English translation and added to it his own preface as well as a translation of the preface from the French edition. The text is illustrated with copies of the plates from the original German edition. These plates depict examples of the regenerative process described by Agricola along with the grafting techniques, tools and structures employed in the various operations. In publishing Agricola's discoveries in England Bradley was doing what he seemed to do best: publicizing the latest horticultural advances and theories at a moment close to their inception. Hunt 452; Henrey 411 Royal 4to (27 x 22 cm); (xxiv) + 300 + (iv) pp. + 22 plates (some folding) with 34 engravings.

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    Original full calf, blind-stamped on upper and lower covers, with raised bands and gilt ruling on spine; lettering to spine faded; outer hinges partially split and spine ends worn; two old small library stamps on edges of title page.

    Book ID: 14522
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  • (FORESTIER, Jean Claude Nicolas)
    BAGATELLE ET SES JARDINS.

    Paris: Librarie Horticole 1910. First edition. Forestier was in charge of the restoration of the gardens at Bagatelle located in the Bois de Boulogne. The text presents a history of the Chateau and its gardens from the 18th century up to their purchase by the city of Paris in 1905, and concludes with a 12 page chapter entitled "Quelques Idées Sur Les Jardins Modernes." 8vo (21 x 15 cm); 96 pp. (including 6 pp. ads) with occasional text illustrations (+ 22 additional pp. of ads at front and back) + 16 half-tone plates from early engravings, paintings and photographs.

    Original paper wraps.

    Book ID: 15782
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  • (Rheinsberg) (HENNERT, Carl Wilhelm).
    BESCHREIBUNG DES LUSTSCHLOSSES UND GARTENS SR. KÖNIGL. HOHEIT DES PRINZEN HEINRICHS, BRUDERS DES KÖNIGS, ZU REINSBERG. Wie auch der Stadt und der Gegend um dieselbe.

    Berlin, Freidrich Nicolai, 1778 (1991). Facsimile reprint of this 18th century guide book to the royal gardens at Rheinsberg located northwest of Berlin. 12mo (17 x 10 cm); 95 pp. + folding plan of the garden loosely inserted.

    Original paper-covered boards.

    Book ID: 15145
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  • CATALOGUE DES PLANTES DU JARDIN DE Mrs. LES APOTICAIRES DE PARIS. by (DESCEMET, Pierre)
    (DESCEMET, Pierre)
    CATALOGUE DES PLANTES DU JARDIN DE Mrs. LES APOTICAIRES DE PARIS. Suivant Leurs Genres & Les Caracteres Des Fleurs, Conformément A La Méthode De Monsieur Tournefort, Dans Ses Instituts.

    (Paris:) 1759. Second and enlarged edition of this complete catalogue of the plants growing in the Jardin Des Apothicaires in Paris. First published in 1741. In addition to being a major source of medicinal plants in the city, this important Parisian physic garden, whose origins dated to the late 16th century, was used extensively by medical students and botanists for the study of plants and herbs. The printed catalogue was compiled specifically as a guide for those students and was sold at the gardens for their use. The listings provide Latin and common (French) names classified according to the system of Tournefort then in use by the apothecaries . The entries include Latin and common names together with, in most…

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    (Paris:) 1759. Second and enlarged edition of this complete catalogue of the plants growing in the Jardin Des Apothicaires in Paris. First published in 1741. In addition to being a major source of medicinal plants in the city, this important Parisian physic garden, whose origins dated to the late 16th century, was used extensively by medical students and botanists for the study of plants and herbs. The printed catalogue was compiled specifically as a guide for those students and was sold at the gardens for their use. The listings provide Latin and common (French) names classified according to the system of Tournefort then in use by the apothecaries . The entries include Latin and common names together with, in most cases, citations of listings in earlier botanical works and brief notations regarding the primary medicinal properties of the listed plant. Jean Descemet, the famous Parisian physician, is often incorrectly cited as the author of this work. The correct attribution is to Pierre Descemet, who ran the gardens for many years before his death in( 1762 or 1763). His son, Jacques-Louis, succeeded him. (For a lengthy account of the gardens see: Constans, Martine, ed., JARDINER A PARIS AU TEMPS DES ROIS pp. 209-216). Pritzel 2168 incorrectly ascribing this to Jean; Cleveland 395 for the first edition of 1741. 8vo (18.3 x 11.7 cm); xxii + (ii) + 136 pp. with printer's ornaments.

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    Bound in full contemporary leather with decoratively gilt panels and gilt lettering piece on spine; corners and extremities scuffed, slight worming (half centimeter) to edge of upper cover; contemporary marbled endpapers; dated notations to title page, a pen inscription on verso bleeds through to title, title verso, and final text page before index; very old and faded damp-staining to gutter at upper margins of a few pages of the Preface, not affecting text; one text page loosened from sewing just at the upper gutter only.

    Book ID: 16438
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  • CIVIC ART. by MAWSON, Thomas H.
    MAWSON, Thomas H.
    CIVIC ART. Studies In Town Planning, Parks, Boulevards and Open Spaces.

    London: B.T. Batsford 1911. First edition. Mawson's enormous success as a landscape architect led him to town planning projects in Bolton, Southport, Athens, Calgary and Vancouver. He served as president of the Town Planning Institute and became one of Britain's foremost early town planners. His CIVIC ART provided an impressive text book on his ideas for town planning, similar in character to the later editions of his better known ART AND CRAFT OF GARDEN MAKING, the fourth edition of which appeared in the following year and which greatly resembled CIVIC ART in format and style of illustration. Mawson stressed the need for a deliberate system of aesthetics for town planning and relied heavily on examples from his own practice to…

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    London: B.T. Batsford 1911. First edition. Mawson's enormous success as a landscape architect led him to town planning projects in Bolton, Southport, Athens, Calgary and Vancouver. He served as president of the Town Planning Institute and became one of Britain's foremost early town planners. His CIVIC ART provided an impressive text book on his ideas for town planning, similar in character to the later editions of his better known ART AND CRAFT OF GARDEN MAKING, the fourth edition of which appeared in the following year and which greatly resembled CIVIC ART in format and style of illustration. Mawson stressed the need for a deliberate system of aesthetics for town planning and relied heavily on examples from his own practice to illustrate his theories. The volume is divided into four parts: the theory of Civic Art; the practice of Civic Art; examples of town planning; and examples of public parks and town gardens. Appendices concerning trees and shrubs are also included. Folio (35.6 x 26.5 cm); (vi) + 376 pp. with color frontispiece and one color plate, decorative chapter titles, numerous reproductions of plans, engravings, drawings, and photographs.

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    Original cloth gilt ruled and lettered on upper cover and spine, extremities very gently worn, slight separation of cloth along 2 inches of spine edge, else a very good copy.

    Book ID: 15837
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  • LIGNE, Prince (Charles) de.
    COUP D'OEIL SUR BELOEIL Et Sur Une Grande Partie Des Jardins De L'Europe.

    Paris: Editions Bossard 1922. An annotated reprint, edited by Ernest de Ganay, of the enlarged second edition of 1786, with appendices incorporating additional material from the rare edition included in de Ligne's MÉLANGES MILITAIRES, LITTÉRAIRES ET SENTIMENTAIRES published in 1795. Ganay has also added his own 34 page introduction. Ganay 110. 16mo (19.3 x 13.5 cm); (5)-333 pp. + frontispiece portrait.

    Original printed paper wraps, well preserved; text unopened.

    Book ID: 15586
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  • DE LA COMPOSITION DES PARCS ET JARDINS PITTORESQUES, by LALOS, J.
    LALOS, J.
    DE LA COMPOSITION DES PARCS ET JARDINS PITTORESQUES, Ouvrage Utile et Instructive Pour Les Proprietaires et Les Amateurs, et ...

    Paris: chez l'auteur et Le Normant, Pelicier 1817. First edition of a popular early 19th century French work on bourgeois villa gardens. Lalos, who identifies himself as an architect on the title page, succeeded with 5 editions of this work describing, in varying degrees of detail, numerous parks or gardens in various departments of France where he wholly or partly contributed to the creation. His work preceded that of Thouin, but, as Michel Conan has pointed out, depended almost entirely on the theoretical work of René Louis Girardin. "This was clearly a book of aesthetic theory aimed at potential patrons. In this respect, the fact that it was republished five times may be taken as an indication of garden tastes…

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    Paris: chez l'auteur et Le Normant, Pelicier 1817. First edition of a popular early 19th century French work on bourgeois villa gardens. Lalos, who identifies himself as an architect on the title page, succeeded with 5 editions of this work describing, in varying degrees of detail, numerous parks or gardens in various departments of France where he wholly or partly contributed to the creation. His work preceded that of Thouin, but, as Michel Conan has pointed out, depended almost entirely on the theoretical work of René Louis Girardin. "This was clearly a book of aesthetic theory aimed at potential patrons. In this respect, the fact that it was republished five times may be taken as an indication of garden tastes among landowners from 1817 to 1832, many of whom belonged to the bourgeoisie." (Michel Conan in HUNT, J.D. AND CONAN, Michel, TRADITION AND INNOVATION IN FRENCH GARDEN ART, p. 168.) The engraved plates show an artificial waterfall, a plan of the cascades and the lake of Lamotte, a section of a cascade and a plan of the pond of the park at Liverdy. Ganay 184. 8vo (19 x 12.5 cm); viii + 216 pp. + 4 folding engraved plates including two plans.

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    Contemporary quarter leather with leather corners, marbled paper over boards, spine edges scraped, but hinges still firm, gilt tooled partially raised bands, gilt lettered pink leather title piece on spine; marbled endpapers, previous owner's bookplate on front paste-down; small tear repaired near gutter of larger plan with no loss of image.

    Book ID: 16042
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  • LABORDE, Alexandre de.
    DESCRIPTIONS DES NOUVEAUX JARDINS DE LA FRANCE. Et De Ses Anciens Chateaux Mêlée D'Observations Sur La Vie De La Campagne Et La Composition Des Jardins.

    Paris: Delance, 1808 (reprinted, Paris: Connaissance et Mémoires 2004). An excellent facsimile reprint of this important pictorial record of the major picturesque gardens of France at the turn of the nineteenth century. Among the 30 properties that are illustrated here are Ermenonville, Méréville, Mortfontaine, Malmaison and Le Raincy, each represented with at least nine different views accompanied by a descriptive text in French, English and German. Laborde also provides an introductory text discussing the history of French gardens and a concluding chapter with observations on the theory of garden design. Added to this edition is a lengthy preface by Michel Baridon. Limited to 500 numbered copies. Folio (48.5 x 34 cm); 24 + (ii) + 226 pp. + 95 plates. (*Postage bille at cost)

    Publisher's cloth with gilt title on cover and spine. New.

    Book ID: 15107
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  • ÉLÉMENS DE PERSPECTIVE PRATIQUE, A L'USAGE DES ARTISTES, by VALENCIENNES, Pierre Henri de.
    VALENCIENNES, Pierre Henri de.
    ÉLÉMENS DE PERSPECTIVE PRATIQUE, A L'USAGE DES ARTISTES, Suivis De Réflexions et Conseils à un Elève sur la Peinture, et particulièrement sur le genre du Paysage.

    Paris: Chez L'Auteur, An VIII (1800). First edition. A student of Joseph Vernet, influenced by Claude Lorrain and Nicolas Poussin, Valenciennes was the most prominent French historical landscape painter of his day as well as being an original and influential theorist on the art of landscape painting. "In the late 18th century, Pierre-Henri de Valenciennes changed the tide for landscape painting in France. Like Poussin, he saw landscape painting as worthy of the status of history painting and worked to convince the Academy and his contemporaries. In 1800 he published a groundbreaking book on landscape painting, Elémens de perspective practique. The book emphasized the aesthetic ideal of the 'historic landscape,' which must be based on the study of real nature.…

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    Paris: Chez L'Auteur, An VIII (1800). First edition. A student of Joseph Vernet, influenced by Claude Lorrain and Nicolas Poussin, Valenciennes was the most prominent French historical landscape painter of his day as well as being an original and influential theorist on the art of landscape painting. "In the late 18th century, Pierre-Henri de Valenciennes changed the tide for landscape painting in France. Like Poussin, he saw landscape painting as worthy of the status of history painting and worked to convince the Academy and his contemporaries. In 1800 he published a groundbreaking book on landscape painting, Elémens de perspective practique. The book emphasized the aesthetic ideal of the 'historic landscape,' which must be based on the study of real nature. The success of the book pushed the Academy to create a prize for 'historic landscape' in 1817. The next generation of French landscape painters would benefit greatly from Valenciennes' efforts." ["Brief History of the Landscape Genre," www.getty.edu]. Of particular importance in his treatise is its final chapter, devoted entirely to garden design. Valenciennes considered the landscape painter to be uniquely qualified for the design of gardens, and provides precepts to follow in creating them. His insistence on Nature as the primary model for landscape painting is echoed in his views on landscape gardening. The alignment or trimming of trees is completely rejected. The importance of respecting the requirements and opportunities of the individual site is continually stressed. Italian gardens are singled out for their picturesque qualities (Valenciennes spent much time there) and English gardens are also considered, though not without some criticism. Even such French picturesque gardens as the Petit Trianon, Bagatelle and the Désert de Retz are faulted, but with the allowance that with complete neglect and the passage of time they might arrive at a suitable imitation of Nature. Ermenonville, however, is regularly singled out for praise and seems to stand as the perfect example of the type of garden Valenciennes attempted to promote. 4to (25.7 x 20 cm); (ii) + xxxii + 644 + xii pp. + 36 folding engraved plates.

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    Recased in later quarter vellum with glazed marbled boards; minor repairs at board edges; title written in ink on spine; marginal damp stain on last 12 plates, barely touching image on 6 of them.

    Book ID: 15693
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  • ESSAI SUR LES JARDINS. by CURTEN (Aîné).
    CURTEN (Aîné).
    ESSAI SUR LES JARDINS. Suivi Du Plan De La Presqu'Ile Perrache, Située Au Midi De La Ville Lyon, Traitée En Jardin Pour Accompagner Le Palais Ordonné Par Sa Majesté Impériale Et Royale Dans Cet Emplacement.

    Lyon: Chez Reymann 1807. First edition. The author was a garden architect and engineer from Grenôble and Lyon. His "Essay On Gardens" begins with a general discussion of contemporary European garden design, including observations drawn from visits to gardens in Germany, England and France, followed by reflections on garden design in general (especially the jardin anglais) and specific recommendations for the layout and planting of gardens and parks. The second section of the book presents the author's plans for the Imperial gardens to be built next to the planned Napoleonic palace on the peninsula between the banks of the Saône and Rhône near the center of Lyon. The folding engraved plan for this project shows an extensive landscape garden in…

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    Lyon: Chez Reymann 1807. First edition. The author was a garden architect and engineer from Grenôble and Lyon. His "Essay On Gardens" begins with a general discussion of contemporary European garden design, including observations drawn from visits to gardens in Germany, England and France, followed by reflections on garden design in general (especially the jardin anglais) and specific recommendations for the layout and planting of gardens and parks. The second section of the book presents the author's plans for the Imperial gardens to be built next to the planned Napoleonic palace on the peninsula between the banks of the Saône and Rhône near the center of Lyon. The folding engraved plan for this project shows an extensive landscape garden in the "style anglais" to the south of the palace and a smaller and more formal area to the north. Ganay 164. 8vo (21 x 13.5 cm); viii + 119 pp. + folding plan.

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    Bound in older glazed boards and glazed cloth spine; inked title lettering on upper cover; some scattered foxing, mostly to upper margins.

    Book ID: 15838
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  • (Pratolino) DELLA BELLA, Stephano.
    ETCHING. "View Of The Grotto Of Pan And Fame."

    . The first state, before the number (of two). Vesme no. 841. Chone/Grivel. STEPHANO DELLA BELLA 1610-1664, no. 42-4. A richly evocative etching of Pan and Fame's grotto in the Renaissance Italian villa garden at Pratolino. The impression is a double view, presenting opposite ends of the grotto side by side. On opposite sides of the statue representing the river Mugrone are seen Pan playing his flute and Fame sounding her trumpet, both of them animated as hydraulic automatons. This is one of six views by Della Bella which depict this stunning Medici garden, created by the Florentine architect Buontalenti. "In terms of hydraulic wonders, the fountains and grottoes of Pratolino are surely the apogee... Buontalenti emerges as the foremost…

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    . The first state, before the number (of two). Vesme no. 841. Chone/Grivel. STEPHANO DELLA BELLA 1610-1664, no. 42-4. A richly evocative etching of Pan and Fame's grotto in the Renaissance Italian villa garden at Pratolino. The impression is a double view, presenting opposite ends of the grotto side by side. On opposite sides of the statue representing the river Mugrone are seen Pan playing his flute and Fame sounding her trumpet, both of them animated as hydraulic automatons. This is one of six views by Della Bella which depict this stunning Medici garden, created by the Florentine architect Buontalenti. "In terms of hydraulic wonders, the fountains and grottoes of Pratolino are surely the apogee... Buontalenti emerges as the foremost inventor of grottoes in Italy." (Miller HEAVENLY CAVES, pp. 47, 49) Impression measuring 25 x 37 cm; signed SD Bella between the two views

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    Excellet condition, freshly mounted and matted, overall dimensions 45 x 53.

    Book ID: 14582
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  • "Cottage gardens - small, packed, and picturesque."
    FIVE CHRISTMAS CARDS FROM EAST LAMBROOK MANOR. by FISH, Margery.
    FISH, Margery.
    FIVE CHRISTMAS CARDS FROM EAST LAMBROOK MANOR.

    South Petherton, Somerset 1960s. "Margery Fish and Vita Sackville-West were their own head gardeners... their great accomplishment as garden writers was to make the English cottage-garden style a design paradigm for gardeners whose properties were only somewhat larger than those of the cottagers of old." (ROGERS, Elizabeth Barlow. WRITING THE GARDEN p. 176.) Each of the cards offered here from Fish shows a scene, photographed or drawn, from her famous Somerset garden or cottage, East Lambrook Manor. Two of the photographs are identified as being from the publication, " The Field". One is from a wood engraving by D.P. Fishur. In one card Fish writes a note telling the recipient that she is at work on a new book, COTTAGE…

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    South Petherton, Somerset 1960s. "Margery Fish and Vita Sackville-West were their own head gardeners... their great accomplishment as garden writers was to make the English cottage-garden style a design paradigm for gardeners whose properties were only somewhat larger than those of the cottagers of old." (ROGERS, Elizabeth Barlow. WRITING THE GARDEN p. 176.) Each of the cards offered here from Fish shows a scene, photographed or drawn, from her famous Somerset garden or cottage, East Lambrook Manor. Two of the photographs are identified as being from the publication, " The Field". One is from a wood engraving by D.P. Fishur. In one card Fish writes a note telling the recipient that she is at work on a new book, COTTAGE GARDENS. She says here, " I want to illustrate it with typical cottage gardens - small, packed and picturesque." Five separate cards, four signed in pen; one dated 1964. One card contains the signed messsage opposite the card's printed message; all are identified as being issued from East Lambrook Manor. The cards vary in size from 17.2 x 12.2 cm to 14 x 8.9 cm and are printed in black and white.

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    In very good condition.

    Book ID: 16399
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  • DU CERCEAU, Jacques Androuet.
    FRENCH CHATEAUX AND GARDENS IN THE XVIth CENTURY. A Series Of Reproductions Of Contemporary Drawings Hitherto Unpublished By Jacques Androuet Du Cerceau Selected and Described With An Account Of The Artist & His Works by W.H. WARD.

    LONDON: B.T. Batsford 1909. First edition of this important reproduction of a selection of Du Cerceau's original drawings, now in the British Museum, for his 1517 and 1579 volumes published as LES PLUS EXCELLENTS BASTIMENTS DE FRANCE. According to Ward," The illustrations of the present volume present a fairly complete picture of architectural evolution in France during the sixteenth century, and comprise some of the finest specimens of each phase." Ward says that the drawings are richer in detail and larger in scale than the old engravings, and "some of these also vary considerably from the published version..." The reproductions are supplemented by Ward's account of Du Cerceau's life and work, descriptions of the chateaux and gardens designed by various…

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    LONDON: B.T. Batsford 1909. First edition of this important reproduction of a selection of Du Cerceau's original drawings, now in the British Museum, for his 1517 and 1579 volumes published as LES PLUS EXCELLENTS BASTIMENTS DE FRANCE. According to Ward," The illustrations of the present volume present a fairly complete picture of architectural evolution in France during the sixteenth century, and comprise some of the finest specimens of each phase." Ward says that the drawings are richer in detail and larger in scale than the old engravings, and "some of these also vary considerably from the published version..." The reproductions are supplemented by Ward's account of Du Cerceau's life and work, descriptions of the chateaux and gardens designed by various architects, and an index of persons. Scarce in this condition. Folio (39.5 x 28 cm); xi + (iii) + 36 pp. with text illustrations mostly from plans and with 27 plates from drawings.

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    Original paper covered boards printed in brown with with cream colored paper spine also printed in brown; bookseller's ticket on front past-down, original glassine; a fine copy but for small tears to the glassine.

    Book ID: 15886
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  • Presentation copy
    GARDEN DESIGN. by CROWE, Sylvia.
    CROWE, Sylvia.
    GARDEN DESIGN. Line Drawings By Carol Moller.

    London: Country Life Limited (1958). Presentation copy, signed by Crowe, of the first edition of this standard study by one of the world's most prominent female landscape architects. Part One is an eight chapter history of garden design; Part Two discusses the principles of design; Part Three, the materials of design; Part Four examines specialized gardens such as private and communal gardens, parks and wild gardens. Sylvia Crowe figures among the talented woman designers influencing landscape architecture and planning in the early and mid twentieth century. She was very active for her profession, having worked for the foundation of the International Federation of Landscape Architects and serving as president of the Landscape Institute. In recognition of her work she was…

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    London: Country Life Limited (1958). Presentation copy, signed by Crowe, of the first edition of this standard study by one of the world's most prominent female landscape architects. Part One is an eight chapter history of garden design; Part Two discusses the principles of design; Part Three, the materials of design; Part Four examines specialized gardens such as private and communal gardens, parks and wild gardens. Sylvia Crowe figures among the talented woman designers influencing landscape architecture and planning in the early and mid twentieth century. She was very active for her profession, having worked for the foundation of the International Federation of Landscape Architects and serving as president of the Landscape Institute. In recognition of her work she was made a Dame of the British Empire. Very scarce in dust jacket. 8vo (23.5 x 15.6 cm); 229 pp. with 35 diagrams in the text + 61 black and white plates, largely from photographs.

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    Original cloth, gentle shelfwear, in pictorial dust jacket by Phillip Gough; jacket shows some wear at extremities and some soiling on the back.

    Book ID: 16124
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  • HABITATIONS CHAMPÊTRES by PETIT, Victor.
    PETIT, Victor.
    HABITATIONS CHAMPÊTRES Recueil De Maisons, Villas, Châlets, Pavillons, Kiosques, Parcs et Jardins, Dessinées Par Victor Petit.

    Paris: Monrocq frères, n.d. (ca. 1855). Victor Petit was an artist and chromolithographer who documented the picturesque architecture and gardens built in and around Paris during the Second Empire. He was also a member of numerous archaelogical associations. Habitations Champêtres was one of four complementary works directed at the newly wealthy and culturally ambitious bourgeoisie of the time: the others were MAISONS DE COMPAGNE DES ENVIRONS DE PARIS, PARCS ET JARDINS DES ENVIRONS DE PARIS, AND PETITES CONSTRUCTIONS PITTORESQUES. In the present work the focus is on the variety of country house styles found in different regions of France and, to a small extent, in England and Italy. The parks, grounds arrangements, garden structures and outbuildings are also depicted. Belvederes,…

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    Paris: Monrocq frères, n.d. (ca. 1855). Victor Petit was an artist and chromolithographer who documented the picturesque architecture and gardens built in and around Paris during the Second Empire. He was also a member of numerous archaelogical associations. Habitations Champêtres was one of four complementary works directed at the newly wealthy and culturally ambitious bourgeoisie of the time: the others were MAISONS DE COMPAGNE DES ENVIRONS DE PARIS, PARCS ET JARDINS DES ENVIRONS DE PARIS, AND PETITES CONSTRUCTIONS PITTORESQUES. In the present work the focus is on the variety of country house styles found in different regions of France and, to a small extent, in England and Italy. The parks, grounds arrangements, garden structures and outbuildings are also depicted. Belvederes, garden pavilions, rustic cabanas and the like are shown along with views of parks such as the Parc de Pinon in Picardie or the Parc du Marchais in Burgundy. Distinctions are made among maisons champêtres, maisons de plaisance, and maisons bourgeoises; all are shown in grounds settings. The work was available from the publishers in simple black and white lithography or in color lithography; individual plates could also be ordered separately, either colored or in black and white. The present copy offers 30 plates in black and white and the remaining 70 finished to varying degrees in light color. They offer an interesting contrast to the forceful colors available as shown in sample plates from Petites Constructions and Parcs Et Jardins Des Environs De Paris which are laid in here. Ganay 254, but our copy does have a title page. 4to (36.5 x 27 cm) Loose in portfolio, as issued. Partially colored title page + 100 lithographed plates, 70 of which are colored to varying degrees, 30 are in black and white, plus, 8 color lithographed plates from PETITES CONSTRUCTIONS PITTORESQUES and one from PARCS ET JARDINS laid in.

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    Original cloth backed portfolio with paper paste-downs; upper cover printed with title and author; paste-down on inner portfolio board annonces the forthcoming work by Petit, and the rear board inner paste down provides bibliographic detail of 7 different works, by Petit alone, detailing the title of each plate and how individual plates or complete sets could be ordered; portfolio scuffed and rubbed, lacking front tie, but with all letterpress intact; plates are fresh and bright with just some minor foxing at margin edges. An uncommon survival.

    Book ID: 15943
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  • HERRN ALEXANDER BLONDS NEUERÖFNETE GÄRTNER-AKADEMIE by (DEZALLIER D'ARGENVILLE, A. J.) DANREITER, Franz Anton (translator).
    (DEZALLIER D'ARGENVILLE, A. J.) DANREITER, Franz Anton (translator).
    HERRN ALEXANDER BLONDS NEUERÖFNETE GÄRTNER-AKADEMIE Oder die Kunst Pracht- und Lust- Gärten samt dererselben Auszierungen und Wasserwerken wohl anzulegen mit drei- und dreissig Kupfer-Taffeln versehen / und aus dem Französischen ins Deutsche übersetzet von Franz Anton Danreitter.

    Augsburg: Johann Andreas Pfeffel 1753. Second German edition of Dezallier's LA THÉORIE ET LA PRATIQUE DU JARDINAGE. This edition is complete with the full complement of 39 plates, including frontispiece. The work was first published in French in 1709 and then reprinted and enlarged in several later editions. It effectively codified the design principles of the French formal garden as established by LeNôtre and continued in print for nearly three-quarters of the eighteenth century. "France did not become mistress of Europe in garden art merely because of such of her examples as could be copied; of almost equal importance was the wide popularity of a book which first appeared anonymously in France in 1709 under the title THEORIE ET PRATIQUE…

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    Augsburg: Johann Andreas Pfeffel 1753. Second German edition of Dezallier's LA THÉORIE ET LA PRATIQUE DU JARDINAGE. This edition is complete with the full complement of 39 plates, including frontispiece. The work was first published in French in 1709 and then reprinted and enlarged in several later editions. It effectively codified the design principles of the French formal garden as established by LeNôtre and continued in print for nearly three-quarters of the eighteenth century. "France did not become mistress of Europe in garden art merely because of such of her examples as could be copied; of almost equal importance was the wide popularity of a book which first appeared anonymously in France in 1709 under the title THEORIE ET PRATIQUE DU JARDINAGE... Never before did a book lay down the principles of any style so surely and so intelligibly in instructive precepts." (Gothein, HISTORY OF GARDEN ART, volume II, pg 111). The most prominent Germanic exponent of the French formal style was the Austrian F. A. Danreiter, who spent several years in France in the 1720s before returning to Salzburg, where he passed the remainder of his career serving as Garden Director of the major gardens there. Danreiter's translation of Dezallier, first published in 1731, was the single most important source for the spread of the French formal style across German-speaking Europe during the eighteenth century. While the title page of this edition calls for only 33 plates, the present copy includes a full set of 39 plates. The plate count varies among different copies of this work, even within the same edition, with many copies having either 33 or 35 plates. Copies with all 39 plates are uncommon. Berlin Cat 3464 (1731 ed); Springer pg. 37. 8vo (18 x 11.5 cm); folding title + (vii) + 368 + (2) pp. + 38 folding engraved plates + engraved frontispiece.

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    Contemporary paper-covered boards, worn at extremities; spine worn, with some loss at head; text clean and tight; internally a well-preserved copy.

    Book ID: 15062
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  • HISTOIRE GÉNÉRALE DES JARDINS. by (Flanders and Lille, Gardens) HOCQUETTE, Maurice.
    (Flanders and Lille, Gardens) HOCQUETTE, Maurice.
    HISTOIRE GÉNÉRALE DES JARDINS. Jardins Flamands Et Lillois.

    Lille: Bibliothèque Universitaire 1951. A survey history of European garden design, with particular focus on the garden history of Flanders and Lille, and the foreign influences on the development of gardens there. A substantial bibliography is included. 8vo (25 x 16.5 cm); 161 pp. + 20 half-tone plates with 2 ilustrations each from reproductions of older prints and paintings.

    Original printed paper wrappers; covers darkened around borders. Ink presentation inscription on front fly leaf.

    Book ID: 16343
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  • A signed presentation copy
    JARDINS. by FORESTIER, J(ean). C(laude). N(icolas).
    FORESTIER, J(ean). C(laude). N(icolas).
    JARDINS. Carnet de plans et de dessins.

    Paris: Emile-PAULE, 1920.. First edition, presentation copy to Gordon Knox, signed by Forestier. "(Forestier's) friends noted his talents and asked him to design their grounds, and as a preparatory study for this he planned seventeen imaginary gardens, which later formed the central portion of his book "Jardins"." (Fox, Helen Morgenthau. in "Jean C.N. Forestier", LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE, 1930, pp. 93). Forestier was Conservateur of the Paris parks, city planner, designer of modern gardens, such as the rose and iris gardens at Bagatelle in the Bois de Boulogne, and authority on the design of Spanish and Arabic gardens. In JARDINS, Forestier went beyond the imaginary gardens proposed for friends to cover details of his approach to terraces, lawns, stairs, fountains, bassins, benches…

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    Paris: Emile-PAULE, 1920.. First edition, presentation copy to Gordon Knox, signed by Forestier. "(Forestier's) friends noted his talents and asked him to design their grounds, and as a preparatory study for this he planned seventeen imaginary gardens, which later formed the central portion of his book "Jardins"." (Fox, Helen Morgenthau. in "Jean C.N. Forestier", LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE, 1930, pp. 93). Forestier was Conservateur of the Paris parks, city planner, designer of modern gardens, such as the rose and iris gardens at Bagatelle in the Bois de Boulogne, and authority on the design of Spanish and Arabic gardens. In JARDINS, Forestier went beyond the imaginary gardens proposed for friends to cover details of his approach to terraces, lawns, stairs, fountains, bassins, benches and tilework. A long list of his recommendations for best roses is included. Additionally, he offers illustration and commentary on gardens that made his fame: that of Joseph Guy at Beziers; of Montjuich at the Barcelona exposition; and of La Casa Del Rey Moro in Andalousia. "In his designs, plants partially erase, rather than reinforce, the rigor of the plan. This play between the grace of the vine and the strict line of the post situated Forestier precisely at the juncture of the jardin à la française and the cubist/modernist garden." (Imbert, THE MODERNIST GARDEN IN FRANCE, p. 25) Small folio (32.5 x 25.2 cm); 240 unnumbered pp., profusely illustrated from drawings and plans, full page and in text.

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    Original paper wraps with title printed on upper cover, illustration or design on upper and lower covers; covers darkened and soiled; final few pages lightly soiled at margins.

    Book ID: 16158
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  • JARDINS DE LA COTE D'AZUR. by GODARD, Octave.
    GODARD, Octave.
    JARDINS DE LA COTE D'AZUR.

    Paris: Ch. Massin, n.d. ca 1927. First edition. Godard started his career working under Édouard André in Paris, but in 1906 he left to establish his own practice on the French Riviera, where he opened an office in Nice in 1910. He continued there until the 1940s, during which period he worked almost exclusively designing gardens on the Côte D'Azur in the new Mediterranean style which he helped to establish along with Peto, Forestier and Bac. His JARDINS DE LA COTE D'AZUR is the most impressive contemporary publication featuring his gardens, which figure prominently among the 21 gardens it presents, including Les Palmiers at Nice and La Croix des Gardes at Cannes. Altogether nine of his gardens are shown along…

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    Paris: Ch. Massin, n.d. ca 1927. First edition. Godard started his career working under Édouard André in Paris, but in 1906 he left to establish his own practice on the French Riviera, where he opened an office in Nice in 1910. He continued there until the 1940s, during which period he worked almost exclusively designing gardens on the Côte D'Azur in the new Mediterranean style which he helped to establish along with Peto, Forestier and Bac. His JARDINS DE LA COTE D'AZUR is the most impressive contemporary publication featuring his gardens, which figure prominently among the 21 gardens it presents, including Les Palmiers at Nice and La Croix des Gardes at Cannes. Altogether nine of his gardens are shown along with others by Peto, Gréber, Duchêne and others. The selection favors, in particular, large formal gardens of the sort in which Godard specialized. His introductory text includes a history of mediterranean gardens and a chapter on the "Principes Généraux De Composition Du Jardin Moderne Sur La Côte D'Azur." Folio (44.5 x 32.5 cm); 11 pp. + 44 heliogravure plates from photographs.

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    Loose, as issued in original three quarter cloth portfolio with paper covered boards, all ties present; gilt titling on upper cover and spine; a few scuff marks, and some discoloration to cloth and paper covers, internally fine; a very good copy.

    Book ID: 16275
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