New York: A.O. Moore, 1859.
Sixth edition, enlarged, revised, and newly illustrated. Octavo, 576 pp, with index, 34 plates, and additional illustrations in the text. Publisher's green cloth with blind-stamped decoration on the boards, gilt spine. Lower corners rubbed, spine gilt somewhat dulled, a bit of foxing to last few leaves, otherwise quite clean; very good. First published in 1841, this was one of the most important and influential nineteenth-century books on garden design. It includes sections on the history and general principles of landscape gardening, deciduous and evergreen ornamental trees, vines and climbing plants, walking paths, water features, architectural and floral embellishments, and the relation between landscape and different styles of rural architecture. The supplement, which updates the book with developments in landscape gardening subsequent to Downing's death in 1852, touches on recently designed American parks, including New York's Central Park, Llewellyn Park in Orange, New Jersey, and Clinton Park and Botanic Garden in Clinton, New York.