London: Country Life and George Newnes, Ltd, 1919. Folio. First edition thus. Revised and expanded from the edition of 1905 by Miss Evelyn March Phillipps (which was a smaller format in two volumes and had fewer illustrations). Original two-tone burgundy cloth, gilt. With a Venetian winged lion, gilt, to the front board. All edges gilt. Tissue-guarded tipped-in colour frontispiece mounted on grey paper of 'The Spirit of the Italian Garden' by Charles Gascoyne. Numerous plans, drawings and hundreds of black and white photographs throughout. Covers rubbed and marked. Short split to the cloth at the top of the back hinge. Rear board creased. Corner tips bumped. Bookseller's ink stamp to fly. Contents clean. Very good +. Item #4392
About one hundred and fifty new photographs were added to this edition to make the series of villas and gardens more comprehensive. The original text, with its valuable historical notes and delightfully told stories of the people who lived in these old palaces and gardens, has been supplemented with Bolton's architectural notes throughout, to enlarge the sections on Roman and Florentine examples and to provide entirely new chapters on the villas and gardens of Venetia, the lake district and Genoa.
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