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Loudon, John

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 better manner than has hitherto been done, a taste founded in nature with economy and utility … with an appendix, containing an enquiry into the utility and merits of Mr Repton’s mode of shewing effects by slides and sketches, and strictures on his opinions and practice in landscape gardening (etc).

London, Longman, Hurst, Rees and Orme 1806.

Reference: 14536
Price: £850 [convert currency]

Full Description

4to. 2 vols. xii + 42 + 353 + (1)pp, (11) engraved plates; (4) + pp 355-723 + (9)pp, (21) engraved plates (one plate printed on two facing leaves, another with an engraved overslip). Contemporary quarter calf, marbled boards, rebacked using remains of original spines, with recent labels. Nineteenth century armorial bookplates of Edward Brice Pearse. The plates bound in the first volume are affected by an old light stain across part of their engraved surface, while all the text pages in both volumes and the plates in the second volume are in good, clean condition. A receipted invoice to George Atkinson from Marks & Co, 84 Charing Cross Road, 30 June 1945, loosely enclosed in vol.I.

First edition. An early work by John Claudius Loudon (1783-1843), landscape gardener and prolific writer on many aspects of landscape gardening, horticulture and architecture. The most interesting sections in these two volumes are those in which Loudon discusses “picturesque improvement” and “useful and picturesque planting”, reflecting his burgeoning practice as a landscape gardener, but at this stage in his career Loudon also had ambitions as an architect, and three of the plates show the improvements that he had made in the year of this book’s publication to the exterior of Barnbarroch House in Wigtownshire. Other plates illustrate projected improvements by him to the landscape settings of Harewood House, Farnley Hall (for Walter Fawkes, the patron of the painter Turner), Kingswood Lodge and Hopton Court. The division of the plates between the two volumes tends to vary from copy to copy, and in the present copy 11 plates are bound in Vol.I and 21 in vol.II, whereas in the BAL copy 14 are bound in Vol.I and 18 in Vol.II. Rather oddly, the plates bound in our first volume are all affected by an old light stain, while the surrounding text leaves are in good, clean condition (see attached collation). BAL Cat 1964.