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REPTON, Humphry; REPTON, John Adey.

Fragments on the theory and practice of landscape gardening,

including some remarks on Grecian and Gothic architecture, collected from various manuscripts, in the possession of the different noblemen and gentlemen, for use they were originally written; the whole tending to establish fixed principles in the respecti

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London, J. Taylor, 1816

Written after the Prince had rejected Repton's plans for the Royal Pavilion, Fragments was dedicated to the Prince Regent but the book makes no mention of any commission for him, rather it serves as a reproach to his manners and morals. Fragments focuses on a number of aristocratic landscapes Cobham, Woburn, Endsleigh, Ashridge, Longleat, and on small commissions such as Ealing Park and White Lodge, which took in views of royal parks. They commemorate a historically minded, public spirited nobility. Other Fragments on commissions for a range of clients, from Norfolk squires to Essex merchants, establish a polite consensus around highly detailed plans for gardens. The final Fragment on Hare Street incorporates the outlook of 'venerable noblemen' such as the Duke of Portland and Viscount Torrington in the view from Repton's own garden

'To demonstrate the little consequence of quantity or value, when speaking of beauty of scenery, many places

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First edition; large 4to (370 mm x 300 mm), xii, 238 pp; 42 aquatint plates and plans including 21 hand-coloured (3 folding) and 3 tinted, one woodcut, numerous vignettes throughout, 13 plates and 2 vignettes with overlays, with half-title; bound in contemporary drab boards, printed label on spine, some neat restoration to the corners, some slight wear to the boards; all housed in a modern slipcase.


Abbey (Scenery), 391.

Stock ID:92941

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