THE LANDSCAPE, A DIDACTIC POEM. In Three Books. Addressed To Uvedale Price, Esq.
London: W. Bulmer and Co. 1794. First edition of this important manifesto marking the outbreak of the "picturesque controversy" that continued to dominate 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 Benjamin Pouncy from drawings by Thomas Hearne which illustrate a rural estate laid out in the contrasting styles. Henrey 900. 4to (28.5 cm. x 22 cm.); (iv) + 77 pp. + 3 plates (2 folding).
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.
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