Humphry Repton (1752-1818) was the self-proclaimed successor to Capability Brown. He was a prolific designer and there are some 300 registered parks and gardens associated with him. Unlike Brown, Repton produced beautiful one-off illustrated books of his designs for individual clients with original watercolours showing ‘before’ and ‘after’ views of the landscape. These were known as Red Books and are highly sought after.
Repton has also left us four luxurious colour-plate books illustrating his theories of design. These are: Sketches and Hints on Landscape Gardening (1794); Observations on the theory and Practice of Landscape Gardening (1803); Designs for the Pavilion at Brighton (1808, second edition 1822); and Fragments on the Theory and Practice of Landscape Gardening (1815).
First edition, 2 volumes in 1, 8vo. xii, , 171; [vi], 164 pp., complete with half-titles, vignettes to title-pages and 10 hand coloured plates, a little offsetting to text and occasional marginal soiling and staining, contemporary calf-backed marbled boards, vellum tips, green morocco lettering piece, a very good example.£650
First edition, 4to. (34 x 27 cm)., stipple-engraved portrait frontispiece, 25 aquatint plates and 2 line-engraved plates, of which 12 are hand-coloured or tinted and 12 plates have overlays, 10 aquatint head and tail pieces and numerous woodcut illustrations in text, 2 of the vignettes with overlays, folding plate at page 208 with tears into image repaired, contemporary half calf, joints and extremities repaired, lightly worn.£8,500