HERRN ALEXANDER BLONDS NEUERÖFNETE GÄRTNER-AKADEMIE Oder die Kunst Pracht- und Lust- Gärten samt dererselben Auszierungen und Wasserwerken wohl anzulegen mit drei- und dreissig Kupfer-Taffeln versehen / und aus dem Französischen ins Deutsche übersetzet von Franz Anton Danreitter.
Augsburg: Johann Andreas Pfeffel 1753. Second German edition of Dezallier's LA THÉORIE ET LA PRATIQUE DU JARDINAGE. This edition is complete with the full complement of 39 plates, including frontispiece. The work was first published in French in 1709 and then reprinted and enlarged in several later editions. It effectively codified the design principles of the French formal garden as established by LeNôtre and continued in print for nearly three-quarters of the eighteenth century. "France did not become mistress of Europe in garden art merely because of such of her examples as could be copied; of almost equal importance was the wide popularity of a book which first appeared anonymously in France in 1709 under the title THEORIE ET PRATIQUE DU JARDINAGE... Never before did a book lay down the principles of any style so surely and so intelligibly in instructive precepts." (Gothein, HISTORY OF GARDEN ART, volume II, pg 111). The most prominent Germanic exponent of the French formal style was the Austrian F. A. Danreiter, who spent several years in France in the 1720s before returning to Salzburg, where he passed the remainder of his career serving as Garden Director of the major gardens there. Danreiter's translation of Dezallier, first published in 1731, was the single most important source for the spread of the French formal style across German-speaking Europe during the eighteenth century. While the title page of this edition calls for only 33 plates, the present copy includes a full set of 39 plates. The plate count varies among different copies of this work, even within the same edition, with many copies having either 33 or 35 plates. Copies with all 39 plates are uncommon. Berlin Cat 3464 (1731 ed); Springer pg. 37. 8vo (18 x 11.5 cm); folding title + (vii) + 368 + (2) pp. + 38 folding engraved plates + engraved frontispiece.
Contemporary paper-covered boards, worn at extremities; spine worn, with some loss at head; text clean and tight; internally a well-preserved copy.
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