14 December 2000
REPTON, Humphry (1752-1818). Observations on the Theory and Practice of Landscape Gardening. London: Printed by T. Bensley for J. Taylor, 1803.
4o (323 x 260 mm). Engraved frontispiece portrait by S. Shelley after Holl, aquatint tailpieces, 28 engraved or aquatinted plates, 10 with overslips, 10 fully colored, some folding, one double-page, 11 engraved vignettes in text, 2 with overslips. (Frontispiece lightly foxed, plate of Bayham with 1-inch tear at fold, occasional unobtrusive foxing and browning.) Contemporary half calf, marbled boards, smooth spine gilt (light wear at extremities).
FIRST EDITION, A FINELY COLORED COPY. Abbey Scenery 390.
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