LOUDON, John Claudius (1783-1843)
A Treatise on Forming, Improving, and Managing Country Residences
London: Longman, Hurst, Rees and Orme, 1806. 2 volumes, 4to. (11 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches). Half-titles, publisher's ads in rear of vol. II. 32 engraved plates, engraved by Greig, Wise, Storer, Angus and others. Uncut.
Publisher's boards, expertly rebacked to style
First edition in original boards: an important contribution to the landscape design movement in Great Britain.
Described by his American admirer A. J. Downing as "the most distinguished gardening author of the age," this two-volume work proved a watershed moment in Loudon's efforts to bring landcape gardening and country living to the masses. The major theoretical work of Loudon's early period, he strongly advocates the "picturesque style" of Uvedale Price and is harshly critical of those of Capability Brown and Humphry Repton. Besides chapters on gardening (both ornamental and culinary) and landscape design, the encompassing work includes sections on taste, painting,architecture and more.
Wellcome 3; Johnson 704; Archer 191.1; Fussell III, pp.88-98.