Repton, Humphry

The Red Books of Humphry Repton. Antony House (Cornwall), Attingham Park (Shropshire), Sherringham Hall (Norfolk) & Explanatory Volume by Edward Malins.

Published: London, The Basilisk Press

Date: 1976

4 volumes, set. (3 quarto volumes and 1 folio). Limited edition facsimiles. #488 of 515 sets (of which 500 were for sale). Quarter red morocco with marbled boards, gilt, housed in individual slipcases within a brown box. The paper has been specially made to match the Whatman paper Repton used in the original books. Illustrated throughout in collotype, using up to 10 colours, reproducing Repton’s text and water colour designs for the improvement of each estate. Edward Malins’ text is accompanied by black and white photographs of the properties taken in Summer 1975 by Eric de Maré. Still in the publisher’s packaging for delivery to the original owner who seems never to have opened the parcel (this bookseller now has in order to catalogue it). As new.

Note
The Red Books (so-called because of the morocco binding) were an inspired piece of promotion by England’s most successful landscape architect after Capability Brown. Around 300 were produced, of which roughly half survive. Each volume was unique to the property and the use of overlays enabled ‘before-and-after’ views. The Basilisk Press facsimiles are of the highest quality and allow a better appreciation of the art of Humphry Repton which Edward Malins’ supplementary volume puts in its historical context.

£2500

Offered by Anthony Smith Books