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Observations on Laying Out Farms, in the Scotch Style, adapted to England...

London: John Harding, 1812.
Archer 183.1; Bobins 677.
London: John Harding, 1812.

Second edition. 4to, 105pp., 38 plates of which some are coloured, others not, some folding plans, modern 3/4 tan calf over marbled boards, red leather title label and gilt to spine, speckled edges, fresh endpapers, spine lightly 'sunned.' MS signature to the title page 'John Chatwood, Oct 21st, 1812'. The plates show farm buildings and rural improvements recently executed. Much of this work is Loudon's improvements to Tew Lodge Farm in Oxfordshire between 1808 & 1810. The second half of the work details his work at Wood Hall Farm and Kenton Lane Farm in Middlesex. As well as designing, Loudon, at one time, also edited five monthly horticultural publications, beginning in 1826. Loudon's wife was a horticultural writer of some note. Coloured plates in order: 1. Frontispiece. Kenton Farm. 2. General Elevation of the Farm Buildings at Tew Lodge / Panoramic view of the Farm & Farm Buildings at Tew Lodge, taken from the entrance front of the farmhouse / Panoramic view of the farm, farm buildings, & farmhouse at Tew Lodge, taken from a field opposite the house (sizeable folding plate). 3. Tew Lodge Farm (folding plan). 4. Tew Lodge Farm & Sub-Farms (folding plan). 5. Entrance Front of Tew Lodge. 6. Garden Front of Tew Lodge. 7. East Front of Tew Lodge. 8. Working Plan of the Gardens & Pleasure Grounds at Tew Lodge (double plate). 9. Woodhall Fam as it appeared in 1807 / Woodhall as in 1810. 10. Scone. 11. Diagonal Elevation of Tew Lodge, from the North East / Entrance Front of a House now building at Garth, Montgomeryshire. (sepia)