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WHATELY, Thomas (1726--1772)
Observations on modern gardening, illustrated by descriptions. The second edition.
London: printed for T. Payne, 1770.
[8], 257, [1] p. ; 20.7 cm. (8º)

Anonymous. By Thomas Whately. This is the issue with p. 232 misnumbered 131. Whately's anonymous Observations, the text-book of landscape gardening prior to the Picturesque, first appeared in 1770 and ran through numerous editions, including one in French in 1771; see C. Hussey, The Picturesque (1927), p. 151--3. Soane later bought a copy of the third edition (1771, q.v.) at the sale of Lord Berwick's library in 1827. Whateley's praise of the effectiveness of ruins may have been an early inspiration for Soane's fictitious ruins at Pitzhanger Manor; see Gillian Darley, John Soane: an accidental romantic (London 1999), pp. 154--5. ESTC t79227.

Copy Notes Inscribed in ink on title-page John Soane/ 1778, the final "e" of Soane's name being added later. The book must have been purchased before Soane departed for Italy on 18 March 1778, possibly in connexion with his book of designs for garden buildings, Designs in architecture, published in July 1778 (q.v.).

Binding C18th sprinkled calf, gilt double-rule borders and spine, red morocco spine-label reading "Wheatle/ On/ Gardeni".

Reference Number 3573


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