China and Gardens of Europe of the Eighteenth Century
by Siren, Osvald
New York: The Ronald Press Company, 1950. First edition. Hardcover. g+ to vg. Small folio. (xiv) 223pp. + 192 plates. Green cloth boards with gilt lettering on front cover and spine. Frontispiece illustration. The publication is photographic and historical survey of gardening, landscaping and architecture in European garden design from the mid-18th century till the mid-20th century. The author specifically examines the influence Asian gardens on the philosophy of gardening in Europe during that period. The book is profusely illustrated throughout with designs, maps and architectural schematics, in b&w and color. Additionally there are 192 plates in gorgeous b&w photogravure, of gardens in England, France and Sweden, located at the back of the book. A definitive work on the art of European garden design. Binding with Light rubbing to corners, edges and head & tail of spine. Interior with some minor smudges and sporadic minor water stains to few pages. Book block starting at the first page of plates. Ex-libris stamp at interior front cover. Binding in overall good+, interior in very good condition. Osvald Sirén (6 April 1879 - 26 June 1966) was a Finnish-born Swedish art historian, whose interests included the art of 18th century Sweden, Renaissance Italy and China.
(Inventory #: 41152)
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