(10 3/4 x 13 3/4 inches). Text in three columns in French, English and German. [First part:] Engraved frontispiece and 96 engraved plates, engraved by Boulay, Gossard, Joannee and others. [Second part:] Engraved frontispiece, 96 engraved plates on 70 sheets (20 folding), engraved by Boulay, Gossard, Adam and others. Period pink paper-covered boards, black morocco lettering pieces on the spines. Housed in a dark red morocco backed box. A rare work depicting the best examples of European garden design and architecture from the early nineteenth century. An accomplished draftsman and architect, Jean Charles Krafft was born in Brunnerfield, Germany in 1764 but later emigrated to France and authored several works on architecture and design. The conclusion to the first part gives an outline of the present work: "I flatter myself I have performed the task I had undertaken of forming a collection of divers picturesque gardens and of the building which contribute to their embellishment by the diversity of their construction, their use and decorations. My object in composing this work was to assist the imagination of those lovers of the arts who take pleasure in forming such agreeable establishments, in which, as in every object of art, taste requires to be directed by rules. If the art of building and of beautifying edifices has been improved of late years, the taste for gardens has much encreased, and that taste has given birth to more novel methods, more pleasing in their design . But to afford gentlemen possessed of estates the means of laying down plans for them selves or others to work by, it was necessary to chalk out the new paths they must follow . What I offer has been communicated to me by distinguished artists; it is the fruit of their compositions on picturesque gardens since the revival of the art in the 19th century." The first series was published in 12 parts, each containing two sheets of letterpress explanation and eight engraved plates; upon completion of the final part, a second series was promised as "a sequel containing the general plans, and points of view of the principal picturesque gardens in France and foreign countries" (preface, second part). The text describes the location, owner and architect of each garden depicted. As the title suggests, the designs include wonderful examples of chinoiserie, Egyptian revival and neo-classicism, among other styles. The work is scarce, and rarely found complete with both parts. Berlin Kat. 3312a; Brunet III:694; Graesse IV:46. 2 parts in 2 volumes, oblong small folio. Bookseller Inventory # 28396
Title: Plans des plus béaux jardins pittoresques de...
Publisher: Levrault [vol. 1] and Pougens [vol. 2]
Publication Date: 1810
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