Lot 108: (ARCHITECTURE.) Chambers, William, Sir. A Dissertation on Oriental Gardening.
December 1, 2016
New York, NY, USALive Auction
Description: (ARCHITECTURE.) Chambers, William, Sir. A Dissertation on Oriental Gardening. , 94,  pages, including engraved title and dedication leaf, and errata leaf at end. 4to, 294x230 mm, contemporary red morocco gilt, top of spine chipped, lettering piece off, joints and corners worn; dampstaining in lower outer corners through first half of volume with traces of mold, heavy marginal foxing on title, dedication, and first leaf of preface. Armorial bookplate of Geo. Wynch Esq. London: W. Griffin et al., 1772
Notes: first edition. "The Dissertation . . . was primarily an attack on the bare style of landscape-gardening associated with ''Capability'' Brown, and the oriental dress was merely a literary camouflage. To Chambers''s embarrassment his supposed championship of the Chinese garden as a model for imitation was taken seriously by the public"--Colvin, page 205. Henrey 547.