Platt, Charles A.
Seller ID: 1137
New York: Harper, 1894. First edition (xvi, 154). With a presentation note to a university colleague from Keith N. Morgan. Small quarto, dark green cloth, gilt decoration and titles, t.e.g.; skilfully rebacked retaining original spine, titles, etc., corners worn. 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, Sr., 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 on campus at the University of Illinois, Connecticut College, and MIT (the Endicott House). See the collection of essays edited by Morgan Shaping an American Landscape, The Art and Architecture of Charles A. Platt for more. Sold together with program for 'The Italian Garden Photographs of Charles A. Platt' an exhibition presented by The New York Botanical Garden at the PaineWebber Art Gallery, NYC, (January20- April 1, 1994)-- designed as a (90 cm x 60cm) poster on one side with commentary on the photographs on the other (near Fine). Despite its influence, an uncommon book.
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