GROHMANN, Johann Gottfried (1763-1805) and Friedrich Gotthelf BAUMGÄRTNER (1759-1848), editors
Ideenmagazin für Liebhaber von Gärten, Englischen Anlagen und für Besitzer von Landgütern um Gärten und ländliche Gegenden, sowohl mit geringem als auch grossem Geldaufwand, nach den originellsten Englischen, Gothischen, Sinesischen Geschmacksmanieren zu verschönern und zu veredeln ... Recueil d'Idées Nouvelles pour la décoration des jardins et des parcs
Leipzig, Paris [and elsewhere]: F.G. Baumgärtner and others, 1796-1799. Parts 1-29 only (of 60) in 2 volumes, quarto. (12 1/4 x 10 inches). Titles, part-titles, indices and text in German and French. 282 engraved plates (47 hand-coloured [8 of these mounted on blue paper], two printed in two colours, three printed in bistre, one folding). (Lacking the French title and all the text to part 13, without part titles to parts 14-24 and 26-29 [?as issued], occasional spotting, some old creasing).
Contemporary marbled boards, red lettering-piece to spine
A significant selection from this valuable and fascinating work.
Grohmann was Professor of Philosophy at Leipzig, and the prolific author of a number of works on architecture and the decorative arts. The work was continued briefly after his death in 1805 by the publisher F. G. Baumgärtner. The plates illustrate a broad range of buildings, landscapes, grottoes and garden furnishings drawn from an eclectic range of sources and styles both western and eastern (English, Gothic, Chinese, etc. according to the titles), classical and rustic. the work was published for 'Admirers of English gardens [tr.]' and for landowners wishing to 'ornament' their properties. A complete copy should include parts 1-48 of the Ideen Magazin and parts 1-12 of the Neues Ideen--Magazin with a total of 555 plates.
Berlin Kat. 3366; Brunet III, 1293; Quérard III, p.485.