"THE MOST DISTINGUISHED GARDENING AUTHOR OF THE AGE" (A.J. DOWNING): FIRST EDITION OF LOUDON'S A TREATISE ON FORMING, IMPROVING, AND MANAGING COUNTRY RESIDENCES, 1806, WITH 32 ENGRAVED PLATES OF BRITISH MANOR HOUSES
LOUDON, John. A Treatise on Forming, Improving, and Managing Country Residences. London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme, 1806. Two volumes. Quarto (9 by 10-1/2 inches), contemporary three-quarter brown morocco gilt rebacked, raised bands, red morocco spine labels.
First edition of this comprehensive work on managing the appearance of 19th-century rural British manors and rural buildings, with 32 engraving plates including one double-page illustration and one with overslip.
Loudon's third book is his first major theoretical book, advocating Uvedale Price's embrace of the picturesque and rejecting the forced naturalism of Capability Brown. Copiously illustrated with engravings of British scenery and buildings, the work is of great interest for its concentration on the management of country mansions and other rural buildings, from architecture to (especially) landscaping. Loudon also uses the appendix of this work to criticize Humphry Repton for failing to consider science, beauty, and sensibleness when creating landscapes in the same contrived manner as his forerunner, Capability Brown. Owner ink shelf numbers.
Only occasional foxing and smudging to interior, morocco corners worn. An attractive copy.