Gardens and Landscapes in the Encyclopedie of Diderot and D'Alembert: The Letterpress Articles and Selected Engravings

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This book provides abstracts in English of some 650 articles on gardens and landscape, and of approximately 80 commentaries to the engravings, taken from the monumental Encyclopedia of Diderot and d'Alembert. A selection of articles are translated in full. Twenty plates have been reproduced with a full translation of their accompanying texts. These writings, here translated for the first time, provide a fascinating insight into the theory and the practice of garden design, and reveal the extent to which the Encyclopedia captured the spirit of new appreciations of pastoral landscape in the eighteenth century. To enable the reader to place the letterpress articles from the Encyclopedia in context, they are preceeded by two introductory essays, the first of which places gardens in their architectural setting, with particular emphasis on the Picturesquw Movement in landscape design. The second explores garden imagery in Enlightenment literature, discussing perceived links between fiction and history.
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A two-volume set presenting annotated translations of the writings on garden and landscape subjects contained in the 17 folio-volumes of the first edition of the die/>, a fascinating compendium of gardening theory and practice published over a 14-year period from 1751 to 1765. The first volume of the set provides contextual information concerning the lives of the encyclopedia's joint editors Diderot and D'Alembert, and a description of the encyclopedia's publication history. Included are good quality reproductions of 28 engravings selected from Volume I of the original 11 volumes of plates, with translations of their original texts. It also contains the first four volumes of the die/>, covering terms from through . Volume Two contains the remainder of the die/> (volumes five through 17). Includes notes concerning the editorial principles adopted, a list of the editor-compilers who contributed writings on garden and landscape subjects, an inventory of all the letterpress articles with headwords provided in English and French, and a French-English glossary. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781859281383
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 7/1/1999
  • Pages: 648
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.61 (h) x 1.77 (d)

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