• Valuable Manuscripts and Print auction at Christies

    Sale 7760

    Valuable Manuscripts and Printed Books

    24 November 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 71

    REPTON, Humphry (1752-1818). Sketches and Hints on Landscape Gardening. London: W. Bulmer and Co., for J. & J. Boydell, n.d. [but 1794].

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    REPTON, Humphry (1752-1818). Sketches and Hints on Landscape Gardening. London: W. Bulmer and Co., for J. & J. Boydell, n.d. [but 1794].

    Oblong 2° (264 x 361mm). 16 aquatint plates, some of these double-page, of which 10 hand-coloured and 10 with overslips. (Occasional light soiling.) Contemporary calf, in a later calf-backed clamshell case (rebacked and recornered, sides scuffed). Provenance: John Beachey (small title signature dated 1798) -- Westdean Library (printed bookticket with '1813' in manuscript) -- Peter Gilbert, Baron Daresbury (bookplate).

    FIRST EDITION OF THIS GROUND-BREAKING BOOK ON LANDSCAPE GARDENING, illustrated with marvellously effective aquatint plates with moveable overslips which demonstrate the transformative potential of garden design. Repton was the first to adopt the term 'Landscape Gardening', explaining in his introduction that 'the art can only be advanced and perfected by the united powers of the landscape painter and the practical gardener. The former must conceive a plan, which the latter may be able to execute... yet the luxuriant imagination of the painter must be subjected to the gardener's practical knowledge in painting, digging, and moving earth.' Abbey Scenery 388; Tooley 210.


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