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European Pleasure Gardens 2003 Print Page

Rare Books and Prints of Historic Landscape Design from the Elizabeth K. Reilley Collection

May 2 - August 3, 2003


Stefano della Bella, Colossal Statue of the Apennines at Pratolino, ca. 1651/1653

The New York Botanical Gardens present European Pleasure Gardens: Rare Books and Prints of Historic Landscape Design from the Elizabeth K. Reilley Collection, on view from May through August 3, 2003. In June 2002, Elizabeth Kals Reilley donated to The New York Botanical Garden her superb collection of rare books and prints relating to garden design. This remarkable collection comprises most of the important works in European landscape design, some of which are not recorded as being held by any other American library.

The 54 works on display depicted the movements that shaped European garden design over several centuries, from the influence of the Italian Renaissance to a later counter-aesthetic that imitated the natural landscape. In addition to their beauty and horticultural importance, the works showed how the garden has been a canvas for philosophy, political beliefs, and expressions of social status. Among the exhibition selections were a first edition of the first national compendium of chateau and garden designs by Jacques Androuet Du Cerceau, 1573–1576; an original manuscript Red Book by Humphry Repton; an elegant book of prints of the Labyrinth at Versailles depicting fountains based on Aesop’s fables; and other works featuring illustrations of waterworks and fountain design, a special interest of Mrs. Reilley.

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Recommended Reading

Cover Art
Gardens on Paper - Virginia T. Clayton; J. Carter Brown (Foreword by)
Call Number: N8217.G36 C57 1990
ISBN: 0894681486
Publication Date: Washington, D.C. 1990

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The Artist and the Garden - Roy Strong
Call Number: ND1460.G37 S77 2000
ISBN: 0300085206
Publication Date: New Haven, 2000

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Nature and Art - Edward de Jongh; Ann Langenakens (Translator); Erik de Jong
Call Number: SB457.58 .J66 2000
ISBN: 0812235436
Publication Date: Philadelphia, 2000

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Princely Gardens - Kenneth Woodbridge; Rizzoli Staff
Call Number: SB457.65 .W66 1986
ISBN: 0847806847
Publication Date: New York, 1986

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The Italian Renaissance Garden - Claudia Lazzaro; Ralph Lieberman (Photographer)
Call Number: SB457.85 .L39 1990
ISBN: 0300047657
Publication Date: New Haven, 1990

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Encyclopedia of Gardens - Candace Shoemaker (Editor); Chicago Botanical Gardens Staff (Produced by)
Call Number: SB465 .E63 2001
ISBN: 1579581730
Publication Date: Chicago, 2001

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The Architecture of Western Gardens - Monique Mosser (Editor); Georges Teyssot (Editor)
Call Number: SB466.E9 A73 1991
ISBN: 0262132648
Publication Date: Cambridge, Mass. 1991

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The Picturesque Garden in France - Dora Wiebenson
Call Number: SB466.F8 W53
ISBN: 0691039305
Publication Date: Princeton, 1978

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Landscape design : a cultural and architectural history - Elizabeth Barlow Rogers
Call Number: SB470.5 .R64 2001
ISBN: 0810942534
Publication Date: New York, 2001


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