Silva, Ercole. Dell’arte dei giardini inglesi

Milan, Genio Tipografico., [1801]

Quarto (261x208 mm.), [4] l., 373 pages, [1] l. 6 folding plates and 30 illustrations in the text. Half calf of the XIX century. A good copy.
First edition of this fundamental work on the English-style garden, which laid the bases for the formation of many private and public landscape gardens in Nineteenth-century Italy. Count Ercole Silva, himself a landscape-architect, designed and used as an example the garden of his own villa in Cinisello, near Milan; he also provided his text with precious engraved plates and illustrations representing some other Lombard villas. A few years after its publication, this work inspired a passage of Ugo Foscolo's Sepolcri (vv. 130-132: “Pietosa insania, che fa cari gli orti / de' suburbani avelli alle britanne / vergini”).

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