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The beauties of Stow: or a description of the pleasant seat and noble gardens of the Right Honourable Lord Viscount Cobham. With above Thirty Designs, or drawings, engraved on Copper-Plates, of each particular Building.
E. Owen for George Bickham MDCCL [1750], London - First edition complete with all 30 copperplate engravings of the gardens at Stow[e]. Page size: 3-7/8 x 6-1/2 inches; 67pp. + 3 pp. ads for other books printed for George Bickham. Bound: brown calf with paneled spine, lacking label on second panel, double gilt rule along all edges of front and back panel, early ownership signatures on front pastedown, front cover detached, pages a bit sunned and brittle but no foxing at all, leaf F3 with 1/2 inch tear at fore edge, housed in marbled paper over boards slipcase with title printed on brown leather label (probably originally on spine). A quite good copy of an extremely scarce book. American Book Prices Current shows no copies of this 1750 edition being sold at auction; only the 1753 edition is listed with appearances in 2006 and 2003. OCLC lists only 13 copies of this first edition. Stowe Gardens is considered one of the most remarkable creations of Georgian England. It has evolved from an English Baroque garden into a pioneering landscape park, now part of the National Trust. The handsome engravings in THE BEAUTIES OF STOW illustrate the garden's famous buildings by John Vanburgh, William Kent, and James Gibbs and pastoral views designed by gardeners Charles Bridgeman followed by Lancelot 'Capability' Brown. See an Image. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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