A Book on 17th Century Gardens (1908)


Sir William Temple upon the gardens of Epicurus with other XVIIth century garden essays, introduction by Albert Forbes Sieveking; 1908; Chatto and Windus, London.

A compilation of 17th century essays on gardens by five authors: Sir William Temple, Abraham Cowley, Sir Thomas Browne, Andrew Marvell and John Evelyn. As Sieveking states in his introduction, the writings of these five “represent not only some of the best of Garden, but of English, Literature. It would not be easily possible to select five better names to represent either the literature or the lives of great Englishmen”. The book features Thomas Browne’s The Garden of Cyrus, his mystical vision of the interconnection of art, nature and the Universe via numerous symbols including the number five, the quincunx pattern, the figure X and Network pattern.

Housed at: Internet Archive | From: University of Toronto Libraries
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