Spectacle de la Nature: or, Nature Displayed. Being Discourses of such Particulars of Natural History as Were Thought Most Proper to Excite the Curiosity and Form the Minds of Youth.
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London: R. Francklin, et al., 1740. Translated by [Samuel] Humphreys. Fifth edition, Volume II (adverts., viii, 312). Octavo in full leather (worn) with ruled gilt decoration and thirty-four folding copperplate engravings (garden designs, flowers, trees, exotic fruit, fruit trees, shade trees) and frontispiece by J. Mynde. The text is set as a series of mannered literary conversations among three members of the French aristocracy intended to be instructive in matters of garden design, the choice of colour palate, placement of shade trees, etc. This self-contained volume may or may not have helped form 'the minds of youth', but beneath the primping and bowing is a great deal of information for gardeners and designers about formal gardens and parklands depicted in dozens of very nice engravings.
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