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Repton, Humphry."
Observations on the theory and practice of landscape gardening including some remarks on Grecian and Gothic architecture, collected from various manuscripts, in the possession of the different noblemen and gentlemen, for whose use they were originally written.London, printed by T. Bensley for J. Taylor, 1803. Large 4to (35 x 26 cm). With stipple engraved portrait of the author, 27 aquatint plates (15 hand-coloured or tinted and some with movable overlays), 11 aquatints in text and numerous woodcuts and wood engravings in text. Early 20th-century brown half morocco, richly gold-tooled spine (Sangorski & Sutcliffe)."
1752. 16, 222, [2] pp.First edition of Repton's longest and most important work (Bal) on landscape design. Repton became the century's most important practitioner of picturesque gardening (Mallgrave). This work can be seen as an answer to the criticisms of Uvedale Price and Payne Knight concerning the term picturesque, which for Repton still meant the pictorial, the wild and the rugged in nature (Mallgrave), as opposed to Price and Knight, who thought of it as an aesthetic category next to beautiful and sublime. The many beautiful plates depict, among other things, a view from the fort near Bristol, Wentworth Yorkshire, the pavilion and green-house for a Gothic mansion, and a map of Bayham. Some of the hand-coloured plates have moveable overlays, which show a location with or without added buildings or trees etc. Humphry Repton (1752-1818) was one of the last great English landscape designers of the 18th century and often regarded as the successor to Capability (Lancelot) Brown.Corners of binding slightly bumped; spine slightly worn at hinge. Otherwise a very good copy, only slightly browned.l Bal 2734; H.F. Mallgrave, Modern architectural theory, a historical survey, 1673-1968 (2005), pp. 60-61; Tooley, Coloured plates 399."
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