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Gardens.- Chambers (William) A Dissertation on Oriental Gardening...to which is added, An Heroic Epistle [by William Mason], in answer to Sir William Chambers..., first Dublin edition, lightly soiled, with small embossed stamp of F.H.Cripps Day to head of title and his signature on front free endpaper, old limp calf gilt, a little worn, rebacked, [Harris 117; Henrey 549], 8vo, Dublin, for W. Wilson, 1773.


⁂ A treatise conceived by Chambers in response to the dull style of landscape gardening of 'Capability' Brown. Despite being exposed as a product of his imagination it includes some advanced ideas such as that gardeners should ''paint'' their flower borders, anticipating Gertrude Jekyll, and that there should be a centralised planning control for villages and towns. The work was first published in 1772 in both English and French and was very influential on the Continent. It also provoked a response of a satiric heroic epistle by Mason, the eleventh edition of which is included here.

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Gardens.- Chambers (William) A Dissertation on Oriental

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Rupert Powell
International Head of Books and Works on Paper
Justin Phillips
Early and Continental Printing
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