Paris: P. Didot L’aine, 1801. 8vo. xxxi, [i], 166 pp., including half-title. With the finely engraved frontispiece by Choffard after Monciau. Contemporary calf; a fine wide-margined copy from the library of (Lord)? Minto with his bookplate and the label of Jerry Stannard. Item #10668
A new edition, considerably augmented from the original edition, Paris, 1782. Les jardins was an influential work calling for reform of the traditional style of gardening, with its straight lines and symmetry. Delille praises the virtue of the natural English garden, noting contemporary details of many of the famous gardens in England.
Delille (1738-1813) was a poet and classicist who enjoyed an impressive reputation in his day as the "French Virgil." He taught Latin poetry at the Collège de France. He was well known for his translations of Virgil's Georgics and the Aeneid.