London: The Basilisk Press, 1976. Folio & 4to. 4 volumes, set. (3 quarto volumes and 1 folio). Limited edition facsimiles. #91 of 515 sets (of which 500 were for sale). Quarter red morocco with marbled boards, gilt, housed in individual slipcases within a brown box. The paper has been specially made to match the Whatman paper Repton used in the original books. Illustrated throughout in collotype, using up to 10 colours, reproducing Repton's text and water colour designs for the improvement of each estate. Edward Malins' text is accompanied by black and white photographs of the properties taken in Summer 1975 by Eric de Maré. Fine in fine slipcases and box. Item #5765
The Red Books were an inspired piece of promotion by England's most successful landscape architect after Capability Brown. Around 150 were produced, of which roughly half survive. Each volume was unique to the property and the use of overlays enabled 'before-and-after' views. The Basilisk Press facsimiles are of the highest quality and allow a better appreciation of the art of Humphry Repton which Edward Malins' supplementary volume puts in its historical context.
'The English countryside, as it appeared until a decade or two ago, probably owed more to Hunphry Repton than to any other single individual. He began to practise as a 'landscape gardener' - a phrase of his own devising - in 1788, five years after the death of Capability Brown, who had called himself simply a 'place maker'. When Repton was asked to improve a property he visited the estate, quartered the grounds thoroughly for several days and returned to his own Essex home to create a Red Book for the property. The books received their name from the incorrect assumption that all had been bound in red morocco. The three books selected for the new edition show the full range of Repton's creative imagination and his influence on both architecture and landscape gardening. The books are from large properties on which no major landscape designer had worked before Repton, and which now remain very much as Repton planned them.'.
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