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CHAMBERS, Sir William (1723--1796)
[Dissertation on oriental gardening. 1773]
A dissertation on oriental gardening; by Sr William Chambers, ... The second edition, with additions. To which is annexed, an explanatory discourse, by Tan Chet-Qua, of Quang-Chew-Fu, gent.
London: printed by W. Griffin, printer to the Royal Academy; sold by him; and by T. Davies, bookseller to the Royal Academy: also by J. Dodsley; Wilson and Nicoll; J. Walter; and P. Elmsley, 1773.
[2], 163, [1] p., add. engr. t.-pl., engr. dedic. ; 27.5 cm. (4°)

Tan Chet-Qua of Quang-Cheou-Fou = Sir William Chambers. First published in 1772, the Dissertation was intended as a disguised attack on the perceived monotony of the landscape gardening of Capability Brown, but it misfired with the public. Chambers was forced to publish a second edition in 1773, to which he annexed an 'Explanatory discourse' disguised as a the work of a Cantonese sculptor who had recently visited England. (See Harris and Savage pp. 156--7, 162--3.) The additional engraved title-plate and engraved dedication to George III are reprinted (or reissued) from the first edition. The 'Explanatory Discourse' has a divisional title-leaf; pagination and register are continuous. ESTC t1905; Harris and Savage 118; Henrey 548.

Copy Notes Bound (1) with a copy of the French translations of the Dissertation (q.v.) and the 'Discourse' (q.v.). Inscribed in pencil on second front free-endpaper £1. 1. 0.

Binding C18th mottled calf, gilt roll-tool borders and tooled spine with a motif of flowers and fruit-baskets, red morocco spine-label.

Reference Number 1874


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