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...
Leipzig [and elsewhere]: F.G. Baumgärtner, 1798-1803. Parts 1-9 only (of 60) in one, quarto. (12 1/4 x 9 3/4 inches). Titles and text in German and French. 90 engraved plates (8 with hand colouring). (Lacks titles for parts 7 and 8, and text for part 9; scattered foxing).
Expertly rebound to style in half russia over period marbled paper covered boards, flat spine divided into si compartments, lettered in the second, the others with a repeat decoration in gilt.
A 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. Rarely found complete with parts 1-48 of the Ideen Magazin and parts 1-12 of the Neues Ideen--Magazin with for a total of 555 plates; the present includes the first nine parts, stated on the titles as the third edition, with 90 plates.
Berlin Kat. 3366; Brunet III, 1293; Quérard III, p.485.