London: Printed by Geo. James, and sold by Maurice Atkins at the Golden-Ball in S. Paul’s Church-Yard, 1712.
First edition in English. Title page printed in red and black, 32 folding and double-page plates engraved by Michael van der Gucht, text illustrations, and engraved head- and tail-pieces. , 218, pp. Royal privilege leaf facing the title, Instructions for the binder and errata in the rear. 1 vols. 4to. “The first important book on garden design to appear in England in the eighteenth century”. Contemporary panelled calf, rebacked retaining the original red morocco lettering piece Henrey 1426; ESTC T113534. Provenance: Lord Lilford (armorial bookplate). Item #321056
“The first important book on garden design to appear in England in the eighteenth century is THE THEORY AND PRACTICE OF GARDENING by A.J. Dezallier… it is especially valuable as a record of the manner of gardening as practiced by Le Nôtre … [it] must have been the inspiration of many formal gardens designed in England during the early part of the eighteenth century” (Henrey). But it also made available principles and practices to the growing middle class, which greatly contributed to its enormous popularity. Its popularity is indicated by its numerous reprints -- several times in Paris (1713, 1722, 1747) and several spurious editions in The Hague.
The plates depict designs and layouts for bowling greens, parterres, groves, labyrinths, arbors, gardens on level and sloping ground, and terraces; the second part of the book; the second part applies the principles in earth works, terraces and stairs, and the hydraulics necessary for constructing fountains, cascades, pools, and canals. Most of the illustrations for Dezallier’s work were by Le Blond, to whom authorship in several later editions was mistakenly attributed. John James, the translator of the work, was an associate of Sir Christopher Wren and Nicholas Hawksmoor.
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