Platt, Charles A.
Seller ID: 1081
New York: Harper, 1894. First edition (xvi, 154). SIGNED 'Charlie Platt' and with a greeting at Christmas for a friend. Small quarto, dark green cloth, gilt decoration and titles, t.e.g.; top and bottom edge of spine abraded. Illustrated with fifty or so fine photographic plates, views and details of gardens in the manner of the Italian renaissance (the flower garden at Villa Pameili, cypresses at Colonna Gardens, stairway and fountain at Villa d'Este, garden gate at Villa Portici). 'Charlie' Platt was the most influential landscape architect in the U. S. in the generation following Olmsted and arguably this is his most influential book. Platt didn't just design gardens: his work extended to architecture proper and his designs can be found at the University of Illinois, Connecticut College, and MIT (the Endicott House). See the collection of essays edited by Keith N. Morgan (Shaping an American Landscape, The Art and Architecture of Charles A. Platt) for more. An uncommon book, despite its influence, and a signed copy an apparent rarity.
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