A Treatise On Forming, Improving, and Managing Country Residences: And On The Choice Of Situations Appropriate To Every Class Of Purchasers. In All Which The Object In View Is To Unite In A Better Manner Than Has Hitherto Been Done. Etc. John Claudius Loudon.

A Treatise On Forming, Improving, and Managing Country Residences: And On The Choice Of Situations Appropriate To Every Class Of Purchasers. In All Which The Object In View Is To Unite In A Better Manner Than Has Hitherto Been Done. Etc....

London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, And Orme, 1806. First edition. Hardcover. 721 pages and (4 leaves -- Index, Directions to the Binder, and Errata). Half titles, 32 engraved plates, one double-page, one with overslip. The major theoretical work of Loudon's early (pre-rheumatic fever) period, strongly advocating the ideas of Uvedale Price and critical of those of Capability Brown. The appendix is an inspired criticism of Repton's writings and his "mode of shewing effects by slides and sketches, and structures on his opinions and practice in landscape gardening." His first criticism recanted, he recognized Repton's achievements and gave fresh currency to his theories by reprinting all his works in one volume. [See: COLVIN pp. 524-525]. Loudon was correctly described by his American admirer A. J. Downing as "the most distinguished gardening author of the age." ARCHER 191.1. Some foxing and offsetting but generally clean, corner wear. Contemporary marbled boards rebacked in modern leather, raised bands, red leather spine labels printed in gilt. Very good. 2 vols. Item #21184

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