Edited by Takau Shimada (Senshu University, Japan) and Keiichi Matsudaira (Tokyo Denki University, Japan), this is a collection of thirty writings on the English landscape garden from the late seventeenth century through the eighteenth century, a period when the British picturesque movement flourished as a vital part of British cultural and aesthetic life.
Ordered chronologically from the time when the idea of the landscape garden was introduced, the collection offers the primary source materials on such gardens as Stowe, Kew, Blenheim and others. The set includes not only famous books by Hogarth, Walpole, and Mason, but also very rare books and pamphlets by unknown authors.
Table of Contents
Volume I Temple, Sir William Upon the Gardens of Epicurus’ from Mliscellanea. Congreve, William Verses to the Right Hon. Lord Viscount Cobham. West, Gilbert, Stowe, the Gardens of the Right Honourable Richard Lord Viscount Cobham. Anon., A Description of the Royal Gardens at Richmond in Surry, the Village and Places Adjacent. Anon. A Description of the Gardens of Lord Viscount Cobham at Stow in Buckinghamshire, Northhampton. Anon. A Dialogue: Containing a Description of the Gardens of the Right Honourable the Lord Viscount Cobham at Stow in Buckinghamshire. Attiret, Jean Denis A Particular Account of the Empire of China’s Gardens Near Pekin: In a Letter from F. Attiret, a French missionary, now employed by that Emperor to Paint the Apartments in those Gardens, to his friend at Paris. Halfpenny, William Rural Architecture in the Chinese Taste, Being Designs Entirely New for the Decoration of Gardens, Parks, Forrests, Insides of Houses. Volume II Hogarth, William The Analysis of Beauty. Bickam, George The Beauties of Stow or a Description of the Most Noble House, Gardens & Magnificent Buildings Therein, of the Right Hon. The Earl Temple, Viscount & Baron Cobham. Pye, Joel-Henrietta A Short Account of the Principal Seats and Gardens, in and About Twickenham, London. Anon., Stowe: A Description of the Magnificent House and Gardens of the Right Honourable Richard. Earl Temple, Viscount and Baron Cobham. Anon., A Short Account of the Principal Seats and Gardens in and about Richmond and Kew, Brentford. Anon., A Description of the Gardens and Building at Kew, in Surrey; with the Engraving Belonging Thereto in Perspective. To which is added, A Short Account of the Princial Seats and Gardens in and about Richmond and Kew, Brentford. Volume III Whately, Thomas Observation On Modern Gardening, Illustrated by Descriptions. To Which are added, I. An Essay on Design in Gardening. II. Letters Describing the Lake of Killarney, and Muscruss Gardens. Walpole, Horace ‘The History of Modern Taste in Gardening’, Anecdotes of Painting in England. Chambers, William A Dissertation on Oriental Gardening, to Which is added, An heroic Epistle, in answer to Sir William Chambers. Mason, William An Heroic Epistle to Sir William Chambers, Knight, etc. Anon. G**y’s Inn gardens: A visionary Satire by a Lady. Volume IV Mason, William The English Garden: A Poem in Four Books. Scott, John Epistotle I The Garden: From the Poetical Works of John Scott Esq. Girardin, Rene An Essay on Landscape; or, the Means of Improving and Embellishing the Country Round Our Habitants. Fellon, Samuel Miscellanies, on Ancient and Modern Gardening; and on the Scenery of Nature. Mavor, William Fordyce New Description of Blenheim, the Seat of his Grace the Duke of Marlborough. Containing a full and accurate account of the Paintings, Tapestry, and Furniture; A Picturesque Tour of the Gardens and Park. Repton, Humphry Sketches and Hints on Landscape Gardening. Collected from Designs and Observations Now in the Possession of the Different Noblemen and Gentlemen, for Whose Use They Were Originally Made. Volume VI Mason, George An Essay on Design in Gardening. Price, Uvedale, Sir A letter to H. Repton, Esq., On the Application of the Practice as well as the Principles of Landscape-Painting to Landscape-Gardening. Mason, George An Appendix to an Essay on Design in Gardening. Anon., Elements of Modern Gardening: or, the Art of Laying Out of Pleasure Grounds, Ornamenting Farms, and Embellishing the Views Round about our Houses.
Takau Shimada, Senshu University & Keiichi Matsudaira, Tokyo Denki University