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REPTON, Humphry.

Fragments on the theory and practice of Landscape Gardening.

Including some remarks on Grecian and Gothic architecture, collected from various manuscripts, in the possession of the different noblemen and gentlemen, for whose use they were originally written; the whole tending to establish fixed principles in the respective arts. By H. Repton, Esq., assisted by his son, J. Adey Repton, F.A.S.

printed by T. Bensley and Son; for J. Taylor, at the Architectural Library, London , 1816 Stock Code: 114884
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First edition of Repton's last treatise on landscape gardening, written together with his son. Fragments is illustrated in the familiar Repton manner, with overslips used to show the changed landscape before and after Repton's improvements. He was by now famous, mentioned for example in Jane Austen's Mansfield Park (1814) as the generic name of all landscape gardeners: "Repton, or any body of that sort".

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Description

Large quarto (345 x 276 mm). Full straight grain red morocco to style by Philip Dusel, elaborate gilt ornamentation framing both boards, spine richly gilt between raised bands, gilt-lettered direct in second compartment, gilt inner dentelles, original grey endpapers, all edges with original gilding.

Illustrations

43 aquatint plates from drawings by H. Repton, of which 21 are hand-coloured, 11 with overslips, 3 double-page; 5 are tinted, one with overslip; the remainder uncoloured, 3 with overslips; 9 aquatint vignettes in the text, 2 with overslips; numerous woodc

Condition

Gift inscription to the front free endpaper: "From Mr & Mrs Flower to their friends Mr & Mrs J. Warder, As a token of grateful remembrance for their kind attention to themselves and family. June 18. 1818". Free endpapers neatly strengthened, discreet repairs to a few overslips; scattered light foxing; a very fine copy in a splendid binding.

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