SPL Hand Coloured Rare Book Collection Featuring Norman R Bobins

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REPTON, Humphrey.
Sketches and Hints on Landscape Gardening.

London: W. Bulmer for J. Boydell and G. Nicol, [1794].
Abbey Scenery 388; Henry 1269; Bobins 707.
London: W. Bulmer for J. Boydell and G. Nicol, [1794].

FIRST EDITION. Oblong folio; half title, title, contents, dedication, introduction, advertisement. 16 hand coloured aquatint plates, four of which are double pages, 14 with coloured over-slips. A presentation copy from the author, signed by him. "To his esteemed Friend W. Wilkins Esq, Norwich from the Author H. Repton, Hare street Essex - May 11, 1795". Contemporary red straight grained morocco, with single gilt filet to boards. Gilt to spine, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Spine 'pulled' and hinges worn. Plates represented in this work are where Repton had received commissions, or had presented one of his famous red books; hand coloured, manuscript proposals to prospective clients. Coloured plates in order: 1. Garden at Brandsbury. 2. Rivenhall Place. 3. Wembly. 4. West front of Welbeck. [Uncoloured] View of water at Welbeck. [Uncoloured] Gate at Welback. [Uncoloured] Two Ideal Houses. [Uncoloured] Avenue at Langley Park. [Uncoloured] Hanslope Park. 5. Sections of land (4 figs). 6. View at Welbeck. 7. View from the house at Tatton. 8. Grounds at Castle Hill. 9. View at Wembly. 10. View at Lathom. 11. Entrance to Tatton Park.