London: Printed for R. Ackermann, 101, Strand, by J. Diggens, 14, St. Ann's Lane, 1823. First Edition. First edition. 4to: 110,[2, Index]pp, with the half-title and 27 hand-colored plates (watermarked 'J Whatman Turkey Mill 1823'), "elegantly colored, typical of the high degree of finish usually found in Rudolph Ackermann's work" (Archer); a general plan, uncolored, with overlay in sepia, and woodcut diagrams in the text. Modern chocolate calf, sides framed in single gilt fillet and leaf roll in blind, spine in six compartments divided by French fillets with central gilt flower ornaments, green morocco lettering piece gilt, end papers renewed. An exceptional copy, finely rebound to period style, text and plates clean, fresh and unmarked. Abbey Life 46. Ray, England, 43. Cleveland Collections 868. Archer 248.2. Prideaux, p. 181. Fine. Item #BB1172
First Edition of this important and charming work on garden design, a "necessary companion volume to the author's Rural Residences and of greater rarity" (Abbey), discussing "specific techniques for achieving [the] integration of architecture and landscape. . . . According to Papworth, the architect must possess artistic as well as technical abilities." He must have "qualifications both of the painter and sculptor; and the power of combining the theories of art with scientific excellence.'" (Archer). This "well printed [book] with pleasing little plates and readable text" (Prideaux) originated as a series of 34 articles, each consisting of a single plate and accompanying description, appearing in Ackermann's Repository between 1819 and 1821. Papworth chose 28 of these fine aquatints (including ones of an aviary, dairy, ice house, laundry, poultry house, Venetian tent, bath and apiary) to be included here and added revised and expanded descriptions with "an important new introductory essay" (Archer). N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed.