Les jardins : poëme / par Jacques Delille.

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PML 129580
Delille, Jacques, 1738-1813.
A Paris : Chez Levrault freres, libraires, an 9, 1801 ([Paris] : De l'imprimerie de P. Didot l'aîné)
[6], xxxv, 216 p., 4 plates : ill. ; 12 cm. (18mo)
Purchased on the Gordon Ray Fund, 2004.

First published in 1782, the Abbé Delille's poem extolling the landscape garden went through many editions, six of which are now at the Morgan. The augmented edition of 1801 acquired over one thousand new lines and a new set of Romantic illustrations by Nicolas André Monsiaux. This vision of Alexander Pope in his garden, weeping on the monument to his late mother, faces verses describing the visit of the dying poet to his mother's tomb: "Approach, contemplate this pious monument where wept in silence a faithful son."


Plates engraved by Prevost, Choffard and Saint Aubin after Nicolas André Monsiaux.
"Notes du poëme Les jardins": p. [157]-216.

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Half title: Jardins, ou, L'art d'embellir les paysages