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    First Edition of Parrish and Wharton's Study of Italian Garden Design

    [Maxfield Parrish, illustrator]. Edith Wharton. Italian Villas and Their Gardens. New York: The Century Co., 1904.

    First edition. Large octavo. 270 pages. Fifty-two illustrated plates, twenty-six of which are by Maxfield Parrish.

    Publisher's dark green cloth with stamping in gold, brown, blue, and green. Top edge gilt. Cloth is lightly rubbed with a small split to lower spine edge. Corners of front board bumped. Lending library copy with bookplate to front pastedown. A bright, attractive copy in very good condition, housed in a custom slipcase.

    Wharton advocated the simple, elegant designs of Italian gardens that focused more on creating a sort of living architectural environment and less on mere ornament and flowers.

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