Dumbarton Oaks Other Titles in Garden History

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Cover: The Gardens at San Lorenzo in Piacenza, 1656–1665: A Manuscript Planting Notebook with a Study, Transcription, and Translation

The Gardens at San Lorenzo in Piacenza, 1656–1665: A Manuscript Planting Notebook with a Study, Transcription, and Translation

Segre, Ada V.

This fascinating two-volume set includes a photographic reproduction of an anonymous 17th-century Italian gardener’s notebook from Dumbarton Oaks’s Rare Books Collection. The notebook is a record of the planting of three flower gardens at San Lorenzo. Ada Segre’s accompanying study of the notebook is a groundbreaking example of garden archaeology.

Cover: Popular Annuals of Eastern North America, 1865–1914

Popular Annuals of Eastern North America, 1865–1914

Newcomb, Peggy Cornett

Using the evidence of written documents, seed and plant lists, catalogues, and illustrations, the author attempts to show which annuals were popular and how they were used in the fifty-year period following the Civil War. Several commercial seed lists are reproduced to document the changing styles of gardening.

Cover: Fountains, Statues, and Flowers: Studies in Italian Gardens of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries

Fountains, Statues, and Flowers: Studies in Italian Gardens of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries

MacDougall, Elisabeth Blair

The essays in this volume focus on the different aspects of Italian gardens of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. It is divided into two parts, with the first part concentrating on the decorations in Roman gardens of the sixteenth century, and the second considering two particular sites and their histories.

Cover: Gardens, City Life and Culture: A World Tour

Gardens, City Life and Culture: A World Tour

Conan, Michel
Chen, Wangheng

Gardens have exerted a deep influence on the culture of cities. Considering each city as a whole, this book presents the profoundly different roles of gardens in cultural development and social life. Gardens, City Life and Culture unveils an exciting domain of interplay between public and private action that is little known by citizen groups, city planners, and managers.

Cover: Patricia Johanson’s <i>House and Garden</i> Commission: Re-construction of Modernity

Patricia Johanson’s House and Garden Commission: Re-construction of Modernity

Wu, Xin

In 1969, House and Garden magazine commissioned one of the first minimalist artists, Patricia Johanson, to propose new directions for American garden art. Having never been exhibited or published before as a whole, the resulting garden proposals reveal an unknown dimension of the New York art world of the late 1960s.

Cover: Beatrix Farrand’s Plant Book for Dumbarton Oaks: Revised Edition

Beatrix Farrand’s Plant Book for Dumbarton Oaks: Revised Edition

Farrand, Beatrix
Kavalier, Jonathan

This new edition of the Plant Book for Dumbarton Oaks joins Farrand’s text explaining the reasoning behind her plan for each garden with Kavalier’s commentary that provides context for changes that have affected new plant choices for the gardens. New and historical photography show the gardens in their current beauty and as they were conceived.

Cover: Garden as Art: Beatrix Farrand at Dumbarton Oaks

Garden as Art: Beatrix Farrand at Dumbarton Oaks

Way, Thaïsa

Garden as Art illuminates the stewardship of the Dumbarton Oaks Gardens, one of the most beautiful gardens on earth. Essays consider its archival significance and its influence on landscape architecture. New photographs by Sahar Coston-Hardy and archival images invite contemplation of the art of garden design and how gardens evolve as works of art.

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Jacket: Iron and Blood: A Military History of the German-Speaking Peoples since 1500, by Peter Wilson, from Harvard University Press

A Lesson in German Military History with Peter Wilson

In his landmark book Iron and Blood: A Military History of the German-Speaking Peoples since 1500, acclaimed historian Peter H. Wilson offers a masterful reappraisal of German militarism and warfighting over the last five centuries, leading to the rise of Prussia and the world wars. Below, Wilson answers our questions about this complex history,