An Heroic Epistle by MASON, William (1725-1797).

MASON, William (1725-1797).

An Heroic Epistle to Sir William Chambers, Knight... Author of a late Dissertation on Oriental Gardening. Enriched with explanatory Notes, chiefly extracted from that Elaborate Performance. The Thirteenth Edition. London, Almon, 1774.

Thirteenth Edition.

[with:] An Heroic Postscript to the Public, Occasioned by their favourable reception of a late Heroic Epistle to Sir William Chambers, Knt, &c. by the Author of the Epistle. The Fifth Edition. London, J. Almon, 1774.
4to (254 x 200 mm), pp. 16; [iv], [5]-14, [1] advertisements, attractively bound in later half green morocco over marbled boards, spine lettered in gilt, with the early ownership inscriptions of H. Burton and J. Bickerton Williams, 1837, on the title page and the ink and blind stamps of Archibald Philip Primrose, 5th Earl of Rosebery (1847-1929) with his Durdans library morocco bookplate.

An attractive copy of Mason’s hugely popular satire on modern tastes in gardening, a delightful, tongue-in-cheek attack on the vogue for chinoiserie as extolled by Sir William Chambers, whose ‘profest aim in extolling the taste of the Chinese, to condemn that mean and paltry manner which Kent introduced, which Southcote, Hamilton and Brown followed, and which, to our national disgrace, is called the English style of gardening’ (Preface, p. 3). Bound with one of Mason’s equally popular poetic sequels and from the Rosebery libary.

ESTC t973 & ESTC t55554.

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