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Synopsis: John Dixon Hunt is widely considered one of the foremost of today's writers on the history and theory of gardens and landscape architecture. Gardens and the Picturesque collects 11 of Hunt's essays - several of them never before published - that deal with the ways in which men and women have given meaning to gardens and landscapes, especially with the ways in which gardens have represented the world of nature "picturesquely."
Ranging over subjects from the cult of the picturesque to verbal-visual parallels within gardens, from allegorical imagery to landscape painting, these essays brilliantly invoke Hunt's fascination with the idea of the garden both as a milieu - by which gardens become the most eloquent expressions of complex cultural ideas - and as a site of cultural translation, whereby one period shapes for its own purposes the ideas and forms inherited from its predecessors.
From Castle Howard in Yorkshire to French impressionist gardens the essays deal with several crucial aspects of the picturesque controversy, how practical applications of the Picturesque taste affected people's treaty with and experience of landscape gardens and even the larger landscape - this last is tracked through the work of the great painter J. M. W. Turner and his talented commentator, John Ruskin, as well as through the garden designs of Humphry Repton and the lingering debts to the picturesque movement that haunt modernist theory. The book concludes with a consideration of the utopian aspirations and views of the garden in different societies.
John Dixon Hunt is currently academic advisor to the Oak Spring Garden Library, Upperville, Virginia. The founding editor of both The Journal of Garden History and Word & Image, he has been a Senior Fellow and from 1988 to 1991 Director of Studies in Landscape Architecture at Harvard University's Dumbarton Oaks.
From the Back Cover: John Dixon Hunt is widely considered one of the foremost of today's writers on the history and theory of gardens and landscape architecture. 'Gardens And The Picturesque' collects eleven of Hunt's essays--several of them never before published--that deal with the ways in which men and women have given meaning to gardens and landscapes, especially with the ways in which gardens have represented the world of nature 'picturesquely.'
Title: Gardens and the Picturesque: Studies in the ...
Publisher: The MIT Press
Publication Date: 1992
Book Condition: Used: Good
Book Description The MIT Press, Cambridge, 1992. Octavo; VG/no-DJ paperback; purple/white spine, black text; cover has slight curling of front fore edge; textblock has three small stains on fore edge, otherwise clean; pp 388. Rockville. Bookseller Inventory # 7-84-1274621
Book Description The MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1992. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. No markings. 388 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 10667
Book Description The MIT Press, Cambridge, 1992. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. xviii, 378pp+ index. Very good hardback in a very good jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 28887
Book Description The MIT Press, 1992. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Text and images are unmarked; pages are bright. Binding is slightly cocked. Dust jacket is ever so slightly edgeworn and the dust jacket spine is lightly faded. 388pp. Bookseller Inventory # 055682
Book Description MIT Press c1997, Cambridge, 1997. Paperback; Second Printing. Book Condition: F. Remainder mark on the book's bottom edge. ; As New. Illustrated with Black-and-white photographs, drawings and facsimiles. Not an ex-library copy. Most books shipped within 24 hours. All orders mailed with Delivery Confirmation. ; B&W Illustrations; Large 8vo.; 388 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 31751
Book Description MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts / London, England, 1992. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. Cloth-backed paper over boards; dust jacket; 4to; pp. xviii, 388, illustrated in b/w throughout. A few tiny spots of soiling on front joint; small chip at top edge of front paste-down; else fine. Dust jacket the tiniest bit rubbed along the edges. Bookseller Inventory # D11331
Book Description Hardcover; First Printing. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. First Edition. Hardcover. Overall, a clean and tight copy to add to a collection or read and enjoy. The MIT Press, 1992. 1st Edition/1st Printing. Fine Book in Fine Dust Jacket. Dust Jacket protected with a new archival cover. Bubble wrapped and shipped promptly in a box. Bookseller Inventory # 055261
Book Description MIT PRESS, THE, CAMBRIDGE, 1992. Enc. original de tapa dura. Book Condition: NUEVO / NEW. 1ª edicion. HUNT, D.J. GARDENS AND THE PICTURESQUE. STUDIES IN THE HISTORY OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE [HARDBACK]. CAMBRIDGE, 1992, xviii 388 p. encuadernado Encuadernacion original. Nuevo. Bookseller Inventory # 7909
Book Description The MIT Press, 1992. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Bookseller Inventory # P02026208211X
Book Description Massechusetts Institute Of Technology Press. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. B & W Illustrations (illustrator). First Edition. Copyright Date: 1992 Sm Quarto, , PP.388, A Collection Of Eleven Of Hunt s Essays. Bookseller Inventory # 20455D20g