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Anon
Stowe A Description of the House and Gardens of the Most Noble and Puissant Prince Richard Grenville Nugent Chandos Temple, Marquess of Buckingham
ont> J Seeley : London, 1817. A scarce, remarkably bright copy of this guide to this important Buckinghamshire country house, Stowe. The landscape gardens were designed by eminent landscaper, Capability Brown. This work discusses the grounds in great detail, with plans and illustrations of all the bridges, follies, grottos and temples. An important work, which was first published under a slightly different title of 'Stowe: A Description of the Magnificent House and Gardens of the Right Honourable Richard Grenville Temple'. This guide was important in spreading the influence of Stowe as a modl for the English landscape garden. It was Seeley's guide books on Stowe that influenced the planning of Catherine the Great's Park at Tsarskoe Selo, St Petersburg. Thomas Jefferson owned at least two of Seeley's guidebooks and visited the gardens with John Adams. These guidebooks went through several editions which traces the development of the site over many years. With a frontispiece and twenty-nine plates. Including two double page engravings of the house and plans of the grounds and gardens. Collated, lacking the ground plan of the house. Prior owner's inscription to the recto of front endpaper. The plates to this work remain extremely bright. Condition: In the publisher's original paper covered boards. Externally, generally smart. Loss to the spine and to the extremities due to rubbing. Larger loss to the tail of spine. A few marks to boards. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are bright. Occasional scattered spots to pages. Overall Condition: Good [Attributes: Hard Cover]
Bookseller: Rooke Books PBFA [Bath, United Kingdom]
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