9 June 2004
REPTON, Humphry and 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.
4o (336 x 271 mm). Half-title. 43 plates (one wood-engraved and letterpress plan, 23 hand-colored aquatints [3 double-page, 10 with overslips], 7 tinted aquatints [one with overslips], 13 aquatints [3 with overslips]), 9 aquatint illustrations in text [2 with overslips], and numerous wood-engravings in text. Contemporary calf (rebacked, old spine laid down).
FIRST EDITION. The last of Repton's celebrated works on landscape gardening, which he defines in the introduction as "The pleasing combination of Art and Nature adapted to the use of Man." Abbey Scenery 391; Tooley 398.
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