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Sketches and Hints on Landscape Gardening. Collected from Designs and Observations Now in the Possession of the Different Noblemen and Gentlemen, for Whose Use They Were Originally Made, the Whole Tending to Establish Fixed Principles
London: W. Bulmer for J. & J. Boydell, 1794. London: W. Bulmer for J. & J. Boydell, 1794. Oblong 4to, contemporary marbled boards expertly rebacked in brown morocco. A few repairs to endpapers, mild toning or foxing. An unusually fresh copy preserved in a custom clamshell box with paper spine label. First edition of Repton's scarce first book. The plates are charming perspective views and descriptions of country estates whose grounds Repton re-designed. The moveable overslips are to be lifted to show the improvements. two small black and white illustrations and a tailpiece. ten hand-colored aquatint engravings (one folding and three double-page), each with one or more overslips. Repton's intention was to write a manual on a style of landscape gardening more natural and more picturesque than the work of Lancelot Brown and to record his own work with excerpts from the first 57 "Red Books", which he produced for each estate he worked on. The folidng plate of the Duke of Portland's house, Welbeck Abbey in Nottinghamshire, shows Repton and his assistants at work. This image was adapted for the backdrop in Tom Stoppard's play "Arcadia". Abbey, Scenery, 388. . Contemporary Boards. Fine. Oblong 4to.
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