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