9 June 2004
REPTON, Humphry. Sketches and Hints on Landscape Gardening. London: W. Bulmer & Co., .
Oblong 4o (257 x 358 mm). 14 (of 16) aquatint plates (lacks view of Welbeck and Entrance to Tatton Park): 8 hand-colored, including 3 (of 4) double-page, all with over-slips; 6 uncolored, 4 with overslips (light browning and occasional staining). Modern half cloth, uncut.
FIRST EDITION of this groundbreaking book on landscape gardening with magnificent overslip aquatint illustrations, demonstrating the 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 p. 210.
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