Marie Luise Gothein (1863–1931) published this scholarly two-volume history of garden design in German in 1913. Its second edition of 1925 was translated into English by Laura Archer-Hind, edited by gardening author Walter P. Wright (1864–1940), and published in 1928. The highly illustrated work is still regarded as among the most thorough and important surveys of its kind. It begins by examining evidence from both archaeology and literature, as well as climate and soil conditions, to discuss the gardens of ancient Egypt and Assyria, and continues to survey developments worldwide until the twentieth century. Individual gardens, technical innovations, and fashions in horticulture are all discussed in detail. Volume 1 begins in ancient times and ends with English gardens during the Renaissance, and Volume 2 describes gardening in Europe, the Far East and North America from the Renaissance to the early twentieth century.
Volume 1: Preface to the English edition; Preface to the first edition; Abridged preface to the second edition; 1. Ancient Egypt; 2. Western Asia in ancient times; 3. Ancient Greece; 4. The Roman empire; 5. Byzantine gardens and the countries of Islam; 6. The middle ages in the west; 7. Italy in the time of the Renaissance and the baroque style; 8. Spain and Portugal in the time of the Renaissance; 9. France in the time of the Renaissance; 10. England in the time of the Renaissance. Volume 2: 11. Germany and the Netherlands in the time of the Renaissance; 12. The time of Louis XIV; 13. The French garden in European countries; 14 China and Japan; 15. The English landscape garden; 16. tendencies of garden art in the nineteenth century; 17. Modern English gardening; 18. Landscape architecture in North America; Select bibliography; Index to volumes 1 and 2.
Collana: Cambridge Library Collection: Botany and Horticulture
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