Dell 'Arte dei Giardini Inglesi
Milano Dalla Stamperia e Fonderia al Genio Tipografico Anno IX nd c1801 First edition.
(8),373,(3)pp with 36 copperplate engravings including title page vignette, 26 in text illustrations, 3 full page engravings and 6 inserted folding plates. Decorated title page, errata at the end. Quarter calf, gilt tooling on spine, red spine label. Sympathetically rebacked with original label and tooled spine laid down. Very bright copy. Insightful analysis of the English style of Landscape Gardening which includes images of landscapes with lakes, garden buildings and tree clumps and belts but also includes a list of appropriate plants to achieve this style of design. Ercole Silva is acknowledged to be the first Italian to introduce the English Garden style into Italy. The book acknowledges with writings of Thomas Whately and draws widely on Hirschfeld and others. He designed his own villa at Cinisello (demolished) in this style but went on to oversee the construction of other gardens in Italy using the English landscape school's principles. He had made a tour of Germany and England in the period 1783-1786 if he made notes of his visits these are lost.