DEFOE, Daniel, Gilbert WEST, William GILPIN, George BICKHAM, English Landscape Garden series, 16, SEELEY, Benton, COBHAM, Richard, Right Honourable Lord Viscount)
Title: Gardens at Stowe. English Landscape Garden series number 16.
Publisher:  Garland Publishing Inc, New York and London, 1982, ISBN:0824001648
Seller ID: 101865
DEFOE, Daniel, Gilbert WEST, William GILPIN, George BICKHAM, and Benton SEELEY. The Gardens at Stowe. New York and London: Garland Publishing Inc., 1982. Pp. (16),1-31, (5),271-299, (5),[iii]-iv,-60, (4),-40, (6),5-41, (9),[iii]-iv,(2),-67,(9), + 52 p. of plates, 28 leaves of plates, and 4 folding charts and maps. Illustrated in black and white. 8vo, green cloth with gilt series device to front board and gilt lettering to spine. Volume 16 in The English Landscape Garden series: Examples of the important literature of the English landscape garden movement together with some earlier garden books. Edited with introductory notes by John Dixon Hunt. "The gardens at Stowe in Buckinghamshire were probably the most famous of all eighteenth-century landscapes. They were certainly the subject of innumerable poems, descriptions, and guidebooks -- more so than any other garden. Here we bring together in one volume a selectino of important documents: these six descriptions, together wtihtheir engraved plans and views, allow the changes ingarden taste (and in the taste of Stowe's visitors) to be traced in one ga rden during the main years of the English landscape garden movement." - from the preface. Includes: Gilbert West's "Stowe,The Gardens of the Right Honourable Richard Lord Viscount Cobham" (1732), Daniel Defoe's "Appendix on six gardens from A Tour thro' the Whole Island of Great Britain" (1742), William Gilpin's "A Dialogue upon the Gardens of the Right Honourable the LordViscount Cobham at Stow" (1748), George Bickham's "The Beauties of Stow" ( 1753), Benton Seeley's "Stowe: a Description" (1777) and Benton Seeley's "Stowe: a Description" (1797). Light spotting to top edge, else very good. 125.00