• Valuable Manuscripts and Print auction at Christies

    Sale 7760

    Valuable Manuscripts and Printed Books

    24 November 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 72

    REPTON, Humphrey (1752-1818) & John Adey REPTON (1775-1860). Fragments on the Theory and Practice of Landscape Gardening. Including some remarks on Grecian and Gothic Architecture. London: T.Bensley & Son for J.Taylor, 1816.

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    REPTON, Humphrey (1752-1818) & John Adey REPTON (1775-1860). Fragments on the Theory and Practice of Landscape Gardening. Including some remarks on Grecian and Gothic Architecture. London: T.Bensley & Son for J.Taylor, 1816.

    4° (340 x 272mm). Half-title. 43 plates (one wood-engraved and letterpress plan, 22 hand-coloured aquatints [3 double page, 10 with overslips], 7 tinted aquatints [one with overslips], 13 aquatints [3 with overslips]), 29 illustrations (9 aquatint [2 with overslips], 20 wood-engraved). (Two overslips lightly creased, occasional light offsetting spotting and browning to text leaves). Contemporary panelled calf, covers centred with gilt arms (rebacked extremities lightly rubbed), slipcase. Provenance: ducal arms (gilt supralibros).

    FIRST EDITION OF REPTON'S FINAL GREAT WORK ON LANDSCAPE GARDENING. In the introduction he bemoans the effect of the Napoleonic war on landscape gardening (financial rather than physical) and defines the subject as: 'The pleasing combination of Art and Nature adapted to the use of Man.' Abbey Scenery 391; Tooley 398.


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