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MASON, William (1724--1797)
The English garden: a poem. In four books. by W. Mason, M.A. A new edition, corrected. To which are added a commentary and notes, by W. Burgh, Esq; LL.D.
York printed by A. Ward: and sold by J. Dodsley; T. Cadell; and R. Faulder, London; and J. Todd, in York, 1783.
ix, [1], 243, [1] p.; 18.8 cm. (8º).

First published in four separate books between 1771 and 1781. Mason was a poet and garden designer who also wrote satirical verse under the pseudonym Malcolm MacGreggor. In the fourth book of this didactic poem, critical of 'Capability' Brown's style of landscape gardening, Mason describes his horticultural masterpiece designed for George Simon (1736–1809), Lord Nuneham and later second Earl Harcourt, at Nuneham Courtenay in Oxfordshire, a picturesque informal flower garden influenced by Rousseau's Nouvelle Héloïse. ESTC t96585.

Binding C18th sprinkled calf, gilt-ruled spine, red morocco spine-label.

Reference Number 2740


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