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  • LA THEORIE ET LA PRATIQUE DU JARDINAGE. by (DEZALLIER D'ARGENVILLE, A. J.)
    (DEZALLIER D'ARGENVILLE, A. J.)
    LA THEORIE ET LA PRATIQUE DU JARDINAGE. Ou L'On Traite A Fond Des Beaux Jardins appellés communément Les Jardins De Propreté, Comme sont Les Parterres, Les Bosquets, Les Boulingrins, &c...

    First Dutch edition of the most influential work on garden design of the eighteenth century. It effectively codified the design principles of the French formal garden and continued in print for at least six decades. "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.) This edition, published in Holland, is the first…

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    First Dutch edition of the most influential work on garden design of the eighteenth century. It effectively codified the design principles of the French formal garden and continued in print for at least six decades. "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.) This edition, published in Holland, is the first of many pirated editions to appear outside of France. It carefully follows the original Paris edition, even in its pagination, and the plates are nicely engraved by J. Lamsvelt with strong dark impressions.

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    Recent quarter vellum with red leather spine label and gilt lettering; marginal foxing of a few plates, but generally a clean and attractive copy.

    Book ID: 15660
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  • DU MONT de COURSET.
    LE BOTANISTE CULTIVATEUR, Ou Description, Culture Et Usages De La Plus Grande Partie Des Plantes Étrangeres, Naturalisées et Indigènes, Cultivées En France, En Autriche, En Italie Et En Angleterre, Rangées Suivant La Méthode De Jussieu.

    Seconde Edition, "Entièrement Refondue Et Considerablement Augmentée." A massive catalogue resulting from the author's ambitious objective of compiling a complete list of all plants currently cultivated in France, Austria, Italy and England. In addition to its considerable enlargement, this edition also includes a folding plan of de Courset's own extensive botanical gardens near Boulogne. Extensive general observations take up most of the first volume, and the entries for each specific species and variety also include notes on cultivation and remarks on the best and most popular varieties for different purposes. A supplement volume (not present here) was also issued in 1814.

    Contemporary quarter sheep with marbled boards, lightly scuffed; occasional browning and foxing of text.

    Book ID: 13909
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  • (Chantilly)
    LE BOUQUET DE CHANTILLY. by Ganay, Ernest de.
    Ganay, Ernest de.
    LE BOUQUET DE CHANTILLY.

    First edition; No. 1 of 6 copies printed on Japan paper at the press of Jacques et Demontrond in Besançon. With a signed ink presentation inscription to le comte (René Philipon ) on the free endpaper and a posted note from de Ganay to Philipon laid in. An essay in praise of the beauties of garden, landscape and architecture at Chantilly and the interventions there of great designers, gardeners and architects by France’s distinquished bibliographer of French garden literature. Ganay 1925/9 “Bibliographie Des Travaux D’Ernest De Ganay” in Mosser & Sartre, BIBLIOTHèQUE ET JARDIN. ERNEST De GANAY. In OCLC we locate only the British Library copy. “C’est que Chantilly réunit tous les agréments.”

    Original paper wrappers with upper cover title, border and design printed in red; in contemporary glassine. Fine.

    Book ID: 16464
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  • LE JARDIN DE L'ANTERIEUR. by LASSUS, Bernard.
    LASSUS, Bernard.
    LE JARDIN DE L'ANTERIEUR.

    One of 300 copies hand-printed by Kerversau imprimeur. LE JARDIN DE L’ANTERIEUR was Lassus's entry in a competition to design a garden for the new town of L'Isle d'Abeau. His plan won the competition but the project was never realised. LE JARDIN DE L'ANTERIEUR counts among Lassus's earliest published garden projects and both its text and its drawings demonstrate what the OXFORD COMPANION TO GARDENS (p. 205) calls his "approach to landscape which rejects empiricism in favour of exploring the non-measurable realm of the imagination." Stephen Bann says of his projects: "It seems to me beyond question that Lassus's highly inventive descriptions of garden projects function as utopian texts: Arcadia is conjured up, as it were, in the interstices of…

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    One of 300 copies hand-printed by Kerversau imprimeur. LE JARDIN DE L’ANTERIEUR was Lassus's entry in a competition to design a garden for the new town of L'Isle d'Abeau. His plan won the competition but the project was never realised. LE JARDIN DE L'ANTERIEUR counts among Lassus's earliest published garden projects and both its text and its drawings demonstrate what the OXFORD COMPANION TO GARDENS (p. 205) calls his "approach to landscape which rejects empiricism in favour of exploring the non-measurable realm of the imagination." Stephen Bann says of his projects: "It seems to me beyond question that Lassus's highly inventive descriptions of garden projects function as utopian texts: Arcadia is conjured up, as it were, in the interstices of the design, and the charming line drawings that he provides are the exact graphic correlate to this state of potentiality." ("Arcadia as utopia in contemporary landscape design: the work of Bernard Lassus”, HISTORY OF HUMAN SCIENCES Vol. 16 No. 1 p. 117). Accompanying the Lassus text is an essay on the garden by Michel Conan. “garden projects..as utopian texts”

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    In leather-backed custom portfolio; just about a fine copy with only the faintest hint of occasional foxing commencing.

    Book ID: 16433
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  • (BETZ)
    LES JARDINS DE BETZ, POÈME, by CÉRUTTI, Joseph Antoine.
    CÉRUTTI, Joseph Antoine.
    LES JARDINS DE BETZ, POÈME, Accompagné de Notes instructives sur les travaux champêtres, sur les arts, les lois, les révolutions, la noblesse, le clergé, etc.; Fait En 1785 Par M. Cérutti, Et Publié en 1792 Par M. ****,

    The gardens at Betz were built by Marie-Catherine Brignolé, princess of Monaco, between 1780 and 1789. They formed an important parc à fabriques, created at least partly by a collaboration of Hubert Robert and the duc d'Harcourt. Cérutti visited the gardens in 1785 and composed this poem while there to recite as an entertainment for his host and fellow guests. It narrates a promenade through the park in the course of which each of its many picturesque fabriques and features is carefully described. It is easily the most detailed and complete contemporary account of this important jardin anglais, which was abandoned during the Revolution and later lost to neglect. Though not originally written for publication, the poem was eventually published…

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    The gardens at Betz were built by Marie-Catherine Brignolé, princess of Monaco, between 1780 and 1789. They formed an important parc à fabriques, created at least partly by a collaboration of Hubert Robert and the duc d'Harcourt. Cérutti visited the gardens in 1785 and composed this poem while there to recite as an entertainment for his host and fellow guests. It narrates a promenade through the park in the course of which each of its many picturesque fabriques and features is carefully described. It is easily the most detailed and complete contemporary account of this important jardin anglais, which was abandoned during the Revolution and later lost to neglect. Though not originally written for publication, the poem was eventually published shortly before the author's death together with the extensive footnotes on the gardens which more than double the text. The present copy is marked as "Seconde Édition," although its imprint gives a date of January 1792, the same date as the first. Ganay 538.

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    Recently bound in marbled paper over boards with gilt leather titling piece on spine; recent endpapers; rubber stamp at bottom of final page of ads; some browning to text.

    Book ID: 16033
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  • STEIN, Henri.
    LES JARDINS DE FRANCE Des Origines A La Fin Du XVIIIe Siecle.

    This portfolio of plates reproducing early garden engravings was published at the time of the 300th anniversary of the birth of André Le Nôtre. Its purpose was to furnish models of the formal French garden for architects and gardeners, as well as amateurs and garden proprietors. As such, it is a valuable resource for any student of French gardens because its 393 reproduced engravings document important design elements in French gardens from the Middle Ages to the beginning of the landscape garden period. Of particular interest is the large selection of parterre designs. With a brief historical text, an index of the localities represented in the plates, a table of artists or engravers and, sometimes, locations of the plates, and…

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    This portfolio of plates reproducing early garden engravings was published at the time of the 300th anniversary of the birth of André Le Nôtre. Its purpose was to furnish models of the formal French garden for architects and gardeners, as well as amateurs and garden proprietors. As such, it is a valuable resource for any student of French gardens because its 393 reproduced engravings document important design elements in French gardens from the Middle Ages to the beginning of the landscape garden period. Of particular interest is the large selection of parterre designs. With a brief historical text, an index of the localities represented in the plates, a table of artists or engravers and, sometimes, locations of the plates, and with a bibliography of works on garden art in France. Ganay 388

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    Loose in publisher's original cloth portfolio with title printed in green on upper cover and spine, printed medallion illustration on upper cover; original portfolio ties,the very faintest foxing to edges only, otherwise very fine.

    Book ID: 15947
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  • (Parks - Paris)
    HENARD, Robert.
    LES JARDINS ET LES SQUARES.

    First edition. An illustrated historical survey of all the parks, public gardens and open spaces in Paris. Chapters are arranged by arrondissement, with additional chapters on the Bois de Boulogne and Bois de Vincennes. An appendix provides a listing of the city's public statues, fountains and decorative monuments along with their respective artists.

    Contemporary half morocco with marbled boards, gilt lettering and art nouveau gilt design on spine; leather scuffed corners slightly worn; marbled endpapers; some light browning or yellowing to margins, but still a very good clean copy.

    Book ID: 15864
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  • LES JARDINS SUSPENDUS DE COLAS by LASSUS, BERNARD. IFLA Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Gold Medal Award Winner, 2009.
    LASSUS, BERNARD. IFLA Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Gold Medal Award Winner, 2009.
    LES JARDINS SUSPENDUS DE COLAS

    With texts by Stephan Bann, Michel Conan, John Dixon Hunt, Axel Sowa, Massimo Venturi Ferriolo, Joachim Wolschke-Bulmahn, Franco Zagari. "...gardens have almost always foretold in advance the relationships between man and nature, and between society and nature." (Bernard Lassus) Colorful documentation of the highly imaginative garden designed by Lassus for the French motoroute company Colas's siege social in Boulogne-Billancourt, bordering Paris. In his uniquely sensitive interaction with the architecture of Pierre Riboulet, Lassus has created a world of four stages: "Le Jardin du Jeu des Saisons;" "Les Jardins de Pins;" " Le Jardin de Verdure;" and "Le Jardin de l'Attente" all of which are illustrated here by Lassus's photographs, drawings, plans and elevations. Additional photographs are by Michel Biteau, Marie-Clare…

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    With texts by Stephan Bann, Michel Conan, John Dixon Hunt, Axel Sowa, Massimo Venturi Ferriolo, Joachim Wolschke-Bulmahn, Franco Zagari. "...gardens have almost always foretold in advance the relationships between man and nature, and between society and nature." (Bernard Lassus) Colorful documentation of the highly imaginative garden designed by Lassus for the French motoroute company Colas's siege social in Boulogne-Billancourt, bordering Paris. In his uniquely sensitive interaction with the architecture of Pierre Riboulet, Lassus has created a world of four stages: "Le Jardin du Jeu des Saisons;" "Les Jardins de Pins;" " Le Jardin de Verdure;" and "Le Jardin de l'Attente" all of which are illustrated here by Lassus's photographs, drawings, plans and elevations. Additional photographs are by Michel Biteau, Marie-Clare Bordaz, Fabien Calcavechia, Michel Conan, Andrea Koenecke, Frank Schalaster and Ferriolo Massimo Venturi.

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    Fine.

    Book ID: 16029
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  • (Liancourt)
    COURVILLE, Xavier de.
    LIANCOURT. Sa Dame Et Ses Jardins.

    Signed presentation inscription on half-title.

    Original printed paper wraps.

    Book ID: 15572
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  • MANUEL FLOREAL DES PLANTES, by BUC'HOZ, P(ierre). J(oseph).
    BUC'HOZ, P(ierre). J(oseph).
    MANUEL FLOREAL DES PLANTES, Ou Traité De Toutes Les Plantes Qui Peuvent Servir D'Ornement Dans Les Jardins, Les Orangeries, Les Serres Chaudes, Et Principalement Dans Les Parterres; Auquel On A Joint, En Forme De Supplément, une Notice Sur Celles Qui Se Cultivent Dans Les Grandes Indes, Pour La Beauté, Tant De Leurs Feuillages, Que De Leurs Fleurs; Une Dissertation Sur Les Plantes Des Environs De Paris, Qui Peuvent Servir Pareillement D'Ornement Dans Les Jardins, Et Une Autre Sur Les Plantes, Arbustes Et Arbrisseaux Propres A Faire Les Haies Et Clôtures Des Jardins Et Autres Enclos Champêtres.

    First edition. Though not highly esteemed as a scientific botanist, Buc'hoz was an energetic naturalist and an indefatigable compiler of botanical fact who stands as one of the most prolific French writers on this subject during his day. The primary objectives in his most important works were comprehensiveness and utility. In the present volume he provides an annotated catalogue of all plants useful in ornamental gardening or for display in orangeries and greenhouses. Over a thousand different varieties are listed, nearly all of which are accompanied by commentary on their special qualities and use in gardens. The work is divided into two main parts: the first is a general listing of both domestic and exotic plants; the second confines itself…

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    First edition. Though not highly esteemed as a scientific botanist, Buc'hoz was an energetic naturalist and an indefatigable compiler of botanical fact who stands as one of the most prolific French writers on this subject during his day. The primary objectives in his most important works were comprehensiveness and utility. In the present volume he provides an annotated catalogue of all plants useful in ornamental gardening or for display in orangeries and greenhouses. Over a thousand different varieties are listed, nearly all of which are accompanied by commentary on their special qualities and use in gardens. The work is divided into two main parts: the first is a general listing of both domestic and exotic plants; the second confines itself to hardy plants native to the region around Paris. A final chapter is devoted specifically to plants useful in the creation of hedges and enclosures.

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    Contemporary full mottled sheep, scuffed and worn; lower corner of rear cover heavily worn into pasteboard; some foxing.

    Book ID: 14328
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  • PARCS ET JARDINS. by DE CÉRIS, A.
    DE CÉRIS, A.
    PARCS ET JARDINS.

    A volume in the series, "Bibliotheque Du Jardinier." After beginning with a little thumb-nail history of garden style which culminates in the jardin paysager, the text addresses technical matters of surveying and preparing a plan in Part One, and, then, the principles of planning and ornamentation in Part Two. The movement of the sun across the landscape, the use of water, and the formation of allées are discussed, as well as the formation of woods, the use of flowers, choice of structures and types of fountains. A concluding chapter describes examples of jardins paysagers such as Parc Monceau, Parc de Morainville, Parc de Saint-James, etc.

    Original printed paper covers with engraved vignette on upper cover; spine ends chipped, affecting spine lettering; scattered light to heavy foxing in text; in appendix of publisher's ads, small tear to lower margin slightly affecting a bit of text.

    Book ID: 15951
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  • (Vichy)
    FOURNIER Jeune, M.
    RAPPORT SUR LES PARCS ET JARDINS DE VICHY.

    A short descriptive account of the gardens of Vichy, France, written by the librarian of the horticultural society of Orleans after his recent visit there.

    Original printed paper wraps.

    Book ID: 15709
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  • (Versailles)
    RECUEIL DES FIGURES, GROUPES, THERMES, FONTAINES, VASES, STATUES, ET AUTRES ORNEMENS DE VERSAILLES. by THOMASSIN, Simon.
    THOMASSIN, Simon.
    RECUEIL DES FIGURES, GROUPES, THERMES, FONTAINES, VASES, STATUES, ET AUTRES ORNEMENS DE VERSAILLES. Tels Qu'ils Se Voyent A Present Dans Le Chateau & Parc. Gravé D'Après Les Originaux.

    Thomassin was sent by Colbert to study in Rome for four years before returning to France in 1680 and becoming court engraver to Louis XIV. Among his first projects after his return was to draw and publish illustrations of all the sculpture, ancient and modern, used to decorate the palace and gardens at Versailles. The first edition of this work appeared in Paris in 1694. It was quickly reissued, in the edition offered here, by Pierre Mortier in Amsterdam. This Dutch edition includes the same text and plates, but adds a folding engraved plan of the gardens of Versailles and a translation of the text into Latin, Italian and Dutch. The plates depict not only the statuary, but also the…

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    Thomassin was sent by Colbert to study in Rome for four years before returning to France in 1680 and becoming court engraver to Louis XIV. Among his first projects after his return was to draw and publish illustrations of all the sculpture, ancient and modern, used to decorate the palace and gardens at Versailles. The first edition of this work appeared in Paris in 1694. It was quickly reissued, in the edition offered here, by Pierre Mortier in Amsterdam. This Dutch edition includes the same text and plates, but adds a folding engraved plan of the gardens of Versailles and a translation of the text into Latin, Italian and Dutch. The plates depict not only the statuary, but also the fountains, hermae and vases distributed throughout the gardens. A rare second Paris edition with 26 additional plates was published in the same year as the first, but that edition also appeared without the garden plan. Ganay 37; Berlin Cat 4212.

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    Contemporary full calf, rubbed; minor worming in rear joint and back board, not affecting text, but generally a well preserved copy.

    Book ID: 14398
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  • REEF POINT GARDENS BULLETIN. by (FARRAND, Beatrix)
    (FARRAND, Beatrix)
    REEF POINT GARDENS BULLETIN.

    First collected edition. Reef Point on Mt. Desert Island, Maine, was built for Farrand's family in 1883. The gardens and library were eventually opened to the public, and when her husband died in 1945 Beatrix established the Max Farrand Memorial Fund to expand the activities of the gardens and library. For this organization she wrote and published 16 issues of the Reef Point Gardens Bulletin and included in it a variety of articles on horticulture and natural history, in general, and the gardens and grounds of Reef Point in particular. The Reef Point Garden horticulturist, Amy Magdalene Garland, also contributed articles to the bulletins. The bulletins were collected (together with the unpublished 17th bulletin in which Farrand writes her own…

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    First collected edition. Reef Point on Mt. Desert Island, Maine, was built for Farrand's family in 1883. The gardens and library were eventually opened to the public, and when her husband died in 1945 Beatrix established the Max Farrand Memorial Fund to expand the activities of the gardens and library. For this organization she wrote and published 16 issues of the Reef Point Gardens Bulletin and included in it a variety of articles on horticulture and natural history, in general, and the gardens and grounds of Reef Point in particular. The Reef Point Garden horticulturist, Amy Magdalene Garland, also contributed articles to the bulletins. The bulletins were collected (together with the unpublished 17th bulletin in which Farrand writes her own memorial) and issued in 1963 as a tribute.

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    Original cloth backed, paper covered boards in original glassine wrapper.

    Book ID: 16379
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  • (Parks - New York, Central Park)
    SEVENTH ANNUAL REPORT OF THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF THE CENTRAL PARK, FOR THE YEAR ENDING WITH DECEMBER 31, 1863. by BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF THE CENTRAL PARK.
    BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF THE CENTRAL PARK.
    SEVENTH ANNUAL REPORT OF THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF THE CENTRAL PARK, FOR THE YEAR ENDING WITH DECEMBER 31, 1863.

    This seventh annual report of the Central Park Commissioners is a part of an ensemble of reports, all issued separately over the years, which constitute the one essential documentary resource for the study of America's first and most important major urban park. As reported here, in April, 1863, the Commissioners finally gained the right through the courts to acquire land between 106th and 110th streets between Fifth and Eighth avenues for extension of the park. The Board reaffirms its aim to preserve the site's natural ruggedness and views of distant landscapes. Additional work which occupied the Board this year, in addition to extending drives and walks through newly acquired land, was constructing portions of the enclosing wall, completing most of…

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    This seventh annual report of the Central Park Commissioners is a part of an ensemble of reports, all issued separately over the years, which constitute the one essential documentary resource for the study of America's first and most important major urban park. As reported here, in April, 1863, the Commissioners finally gained the right through the courts to acquire land between 106th and 110th streets between Fifth and Eighth avenues for extension of the park. The Board reaffirms its aim to preserve the site's natural ruggedness and views of distant landscapes. Additional work which occupied the Board this year, in addition to extending drives and walks through newly acquired land, was constructing portions of the enclosing wall, completing most of the unfinished surface of the ground below One Hundred and Second street and the stone-work of the terrace and masonry of the ravine's rustic bridge. A large colored fold-out map of Central Park shows progress of work up to January 1st, 1864. Other plates illustrate the archway under the foot-path for the bridle road south of the meadows, another archway east of the lake and another northwest of the Ramble. There are views of the casino or ladies refreshment saloon and the boat landing, north east of the lake. The whole concludes with a 33 page catalogue of trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants in the park as of Dec. 31, 1863" with the months of Flowering and Fruiting of such as have conspicuous blossoms or fruits."

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    Older rebinding in cloth, gilt lettered spine, with original wrappers bound in along with blanks for notes at end; light shelf-wear, small chip at corner of front wrapper; torn map folds neatly repaired.

    Book ID: 16098
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  • (Stowe)
    STOWE: A DESCRIPTION OF THE MAGNIFICENT HOUSE AND GARDENS by (SEELEY, Benton).
    (SEELEY, Benton).
    STOWE: A DESCRIPTION OF THE MAGNIFICENT HOUSE AND GARDENS Of The Right Honourable Richard Grenville Temple, Earl Temple... Embellished with a General Plan of the Gardens, and also a separate Plan of each Building, with Perspective Views of the same.

    Stowe, in Buckinghamshire, was the most celebrated English landscape garden of the eighteenth century. "Much visited and publicized, it had enormous influence on garden design, especially after experiments there in 'natural' gardening in the 1730s. It is historically important because it remained at the growing point of taste throughout the 18th c., exhibiting every stage of the garden revolution. Its final phase of idealized landscape survives relatively intact." (OXFORD COMPANION TO GARDENS, page 537). Stowe's fame brought it many visitors, and Benton Seeley, a local bookseller and engraver, published its first guide book in 1744. Seeley's guides went through several editions, being continually revised and enlarged over the course of the century, and did much to spread the influence of…

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    Stowe, in Buckinghamshire, was the most celebrated English landscape garden of the eighteenth century. "Much visited and publicized, it had enormous influence on garden design, especially after experiments there in 'natural' gardening in the 1730s. It is historically important because it remained at the growing point of taste throughout the 18th c., exhibiting every stage of the garden revolution. Its final phase of idealized landscape survives relatively intact." (OXFORD COMPANION TO GARDENS, page 537). Stowe's fame brought it many visitors, and Benton Seeley, a local bookseller and engraver, published its first guide book in 1744. Seeley's guides went through several editions, being continually revised and enlarged over the course of the century, and did much to spread the influence of Stowe as a model for the English landscape garden. Jefferson owned at least two of them. In 1797 Seeley's son completely revised the work, including a new and different series of plates.

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    Original full sheep, worn at spine ends; clean tear in folding plan, neatly repaired without loss; browning in margins of a few leaves at front and rear.

    Book ID: 15766
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  • (Japanese Gardens)
    THE GARDEN OF JAPAN by PIGGOTT, F.T.
    PIGGOTT, F.T.
    THE GARDEN OF JAPAN A Year's Diary Of Its Flowers

    First edition. Piggott's personal floral diary of Japan describes not only the seasonal progression of flowers in his own garden there, but also native flowers, trees and plants as they appear in the country's landscape and as they appear as decorations or symbols in Japanese ceremonial and everyday life. In addition to describing his own garden, he takes the reader on a tour of Count Okuma's garden at Waseda near Tokyo and on a June walk in the mountains around Miiyanoshta. Illustrated with reproductions of drawings by Alfred East and sketches by the author, including two full page color reproductions from his sketchbook. The entire design of the book is also a lovely example of Japonisme with color decorative designs…

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    First edition. Piggott's personal floral diary of Japan describes not only the seasonal progression of flowers in his own garden there, but also native flowers, trees and plants as they appear in the country's landscape and as they appear as decorations or symbols in Japanese ceremonial and everyday life. In addition to describing his own garden, he takes the reader on a tour of Count Okuma's garden at Waseda near Tokyo and on a June walk in the mountains around Miiyanoshta. Illustrated with reproductions of drawings by Alfred East and sketches by the author, including two full page color reproductions from his sketchbook. The entire design of the book is also a lovely example of Japonisme with color decorative designs adapted from Japanese lacquer boxes, flower-types cast from Japanese models by Messrs. Clowes, etc.

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    Original paper covered boards, gilt titling and printed decoration along upper edges, heavily soiled, including some ink staining and scuffing; original decorative endpapers, internally very good.

    Book ID: 16010
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  • THE LANDSCAPE, A DIDACTIC POEM. by KNIGHT, R(ichard) P(ayne).
    KNIGHT, R(ichard) P(ayne).
    THE LANDSCAPE, A DIDACTIC POEM. In Three Books. Addressed To Uvedale Price, Esq.

    omamin Pouncy iFirst edition of this important manifesto marking the outbreak of the "picturesque controversy" that continued to dnate landscape gardening theory and practice at the outset of the nineteenth century. Knight attacked the Brown/Repton school in favor of the rough and irregular style also advanced by Price in his theories of the picturesque, that is, gardens which imitate the wild natural scenery in the paintings of Claude and Salvatore Rosa. His lengthy poem provides practical advice for obtaining these results and includes two folding etchings by Benjfrom drawings by Thomas Hearne which illustrate a rural estate laid out in the contrasting styles.THE LANDSCAPE, A DIDACTIC POEM. “No decoration should we introduce, That has not first been nat’raliz’d by use”…

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    omamin Pouncy iFirst edition of this important manifesto marking the outbreak of the "picturesque controversy" that continued to dnate landscape gardening theory and practice at the outset of the nineteenth century. Knight attacked the Brown/Repton school in favor of the rough and irregular style also advanced by Price in his theories of the picturesque, that is, gardens which imitate the wild natural scenery in the paintings of Claude and Salvatore Rosa. His lengthy poem provides practical advice for obtaining these results and includes two folding etchings by Benjfrom drawings by Thomas Hearne which illustrate a rural estate laid out in the contrasting styles.THE LANDSCAPE, A DIDACTIC POEM. “No decoration should we introduce, That has not first been nat’raliz’d by use” Henrey 900.

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    Contemporary green calf spine, gilt ruled and ornamented spine compartments; gilt lettered red leather title piece; marbled boards; head of spine worn with slight separation along a half inch of the back edge, extremities rubbed; very little foxing; a very good copy; with the bookplate of Geo. Armytage.

    Book ID: 16435
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  • (Garden Design)
    THÉORIE DES JARDINS, by MOREL, J(ean)-M(arie).
    MOREL, J(ean)-M(arie).
    THÉORIE DES JARDINS, Ou L'Art Des Jardins De La Nature.

    The enlarged and partially revised second edition, which includes significant material supplementing the original version of 1776. The newly added preface (128 pages) provides, among other things, an extended commentary on writings on garden design published since the first edition. There are also 75 pages of end notes and a new 100 page section on trees, consisting primarily of a "Tableau Dendrologique" listing the various features of over 1000 varieties of trees. Morel's THEORIE, following shorter works by Girardin and Watelet, presented the most thorough treatise on the new theories of natural garden design which dominated French taste at the end of the 18th century. It was also the first treatise on garden design in the natural style (French or…

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    The enlarged and partially revised second edition, which includes significant material supplementing the original version of 1776. The newly added preface (128 pages) provides, among other things, an extended commentary on writings on garden design published since the first edition. There are also 75 pages of end notes and a new 100 page section on trees, consisting primarily of a "Tableau Dendrologique" listing the various features of over 1000 varieties of trees. Morel's THEORIE, following shorter works by Girardin and Watelet, presented the most thorough treatise on the new theories of natural garden design which dominated French taste at the end of the 18th century. It was also the first treatise on garden design in the natural style (French or English) to have been written by a professional rather than an amateur. Morel's practical experience is evident throughout, which may help account for the high esteem in which the book was held by French landscape gardeners far into the nineteenth century. Drawing heavily on Whately's OBSERVATIONS ON MODERN GARDENING, Morel rejected the formal symmetry of classical French gardens in favor of the picturesque and "natural" style associated with the English. He did not, however, actually visit England and its gardens until after the publication of the first edition, and the comments he added to this edition are the first to reflect first-hand experience of the places Whately had described. All these additions make this the generally preferred edition for purposes of study. The preferred edition for study. Ganay 98.

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    Original blue paste paper wraps with printed spine labels; extremities rubbed; last three leaves of volume one stained; some margin soiling of the first two leaves of volume two; a wide-margined set with edges untrimmed.

    Book ID: 15171
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    LONG, Frank C.
    THESIS: PLANS FOR THE BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS OF A RURAL HOME.

    An interesting original photo-illustrated typed manuscript presented for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Horticulture and Forestry at Ohio State University. Asserting that "the one who takes the most interest in home surrounding lays the best foundation for other undertakings," Long proposes solutions to making a country home where no previous improvements exist and discusses, to a lesser extent, conditions where old improvements are in need of change and improvement. His chapters cover: selecting the site (for convenience and beauty); laying out the grounds and arranging the buildings (outbuilding the neighbors is "an unworthy motive"); planning the country residence (convenience, beauty, economy of space and durability); grading and general improvements (re-use excavated soil and aim for luxuriant lawn and…

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    An interesting original photo-illustrated typed manuscript presented for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Horticulture and Forestry at Ohio State University. Asserting that "the one who takes the most interest in home surrounding lays the best foundation for other undertakings," Long proposes solutions to making a country home where no previous improvements exist and discusses, to a lesser extent, conditions where old improvements are in need of change and improvement. His chapters cover: selecting the site (for convenience and beauty); laying out the grounds and arranging the buildings (outbuilding the neighbors is "an unworthy motive"); planning the country residence (convenience, beauty, economy of space and durability); grading and general improvements (re-use excavated soil and aim for luxuriant lawn and shrubbery); planting trees and shrubs (plant common trees of the forest rather than "puffed up varieties of catalogs" and plant with an eye to the vista); designing walks, drives and entrances (no right angles!) improving older homes (the lawn is of paramount importance). Following the text are nine full-page original photographs mounted on heavy stock with text opposite offering commentary. Long considers these as supplementary to his thesis. Figure 1 is a perfectly planted lawn with a woman in turn-of-the century dress holding a basket of flowers; Figure 2 displays successful street planting and a horse-drawn carriage; Figure 3 is a tree and shrub planting on small grounds; Figure 4 shows planting as background and protection; Figure 5 demonstrates planting for a "cozy corner" with two figures in period dress; Figure 6 - the placement of a large home within the grounds; Figure 7 - a well-planted lawn sweeping around to the rear of the house; Figure 8 is the scene at Figure 1 from a different viewpoint; Figure 9 reveals the open effect created by continuing planting around the house. These amateur photographs have great appeal and certainly demonstrate widely applied principles which created much of the middle class residential American landscape at the turn of the century.

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    Bound in blue buckram with gilt lettered and decorated leather title piece pasted down on upper cover; tissue guards removed from three of the photographs, but kept and laid into the book; a few of the photographs show some spots from development process and there is occasional light fading, mostly along edges; otherwise very well preserved.

    Book ID: 16007
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