Explore Collections Explore The Collections
You are here: CollectionsOnline  /  Observations 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.
top left corner
top right corner
bottom left corner
bottom right corner
Image Not Yet Available
REPTON, Humphrey (1752--1818)
Observations 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.
London: printed by T. Bensley, for J. Taylor, at the Architectural Library, 1803.
16, 222, [2] p., engr. frontis. port., [27] pl. (1 fold.) : engr. illus. (some col.) ; 32.7 cm. (4°)

The first edition of Repton's important work in which he develops his own theories of landscape architecture in response to those of Uvedale Price and Payne Knight. The plates are facsimiles of Repton's sketches in his original 'Red Books', one of which (not reproduced here) is in the Soane Museum. (See Soane Drawings Concise Catalogue, Volumes, No. 30.) Twelve plates and two engraved illustrations have overslips showing views before and after landscaping. Twenty-two of the plates and eleven illustrations are aquatints and fifteen of the plates are hand-coloured or tinted. Tooley 399; Abbey, Scenery 390; BAL, Early printed books, no. 2734 (1805 reprint).

Copy Notes Soane's subscription payments to Josiah Taylor are dated 18 March 1802 (£2), 25 February 1803 (£2 4s. on delivery). (Archive 7/2/24, and Priv. Corr. XVI.E.1). Advertisement for the book tipped in before the front free-endpaper (q.v.).

Binding C19th maroon grained morocco, gilt- and blind triple-ruled borders, gilt-tooled panels, gilt-tooled spine panels, gilt edges, blue silk bookmark.

Reference Number 5612


If you have any further information about this book,
please contact us:

books@soane.org.uk