Landscape Art Past and Present - Harriet Hammond McCormick 1923 - Charles Scribner's Sons, New York - First Edition, one of 1200 copies. A finely bound copy of this wonderful work, by the indomitable Harriet Hammond McCormick, housed in a custom made clamshell case.

Published posthumously, and as explained by her husband Cyrus McCormick in the introduction, ‘
“Landscape Art Past and Present’was written by Mrs. McCormick for a meeting of the Friday Club of Chicago in February 1899’’. To the illustrations that were originally used there have been added those of ancient and modern landscapes; and a number of pictures of Walden, which was the McCormick’s home at Lake Forest. The 56 photogravure plates, and accompanying text describe such places as the hanging gardens of Babylon; Temple gardens of Edfu, Egypt; gardens of Villa Castello, Florence; Pope’s garden, Twickenham; Gardens of Versailles; the garden of “Resht-i-Behesht,” Shiraz, Persia, and numerous images of Walden itself.

An appropriate memorial to a reform-era leader of great stature’ - Arthur Miller, Lake Forest College.
  Harriet Hammond McCormick[1862-1921] was born in Newport, England, but spent most of her life in Chicago, where she was involved, led, and sometimes financed, a large number of welfare projects, in particular those focussed on children, in addition to leading the social life of Chicago, walking, gardening and driving the development of Walden, her country home at Lake Forest, ‘one of the leading, model estates in a period -- between the 1893 World's Fair and World War I - when Chicago was in the forefront of national cultural leadership’.

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  Finely bound by the Atelier Bindery for Charles Scribner's Sons, in three-quarter crushed green morocco over matching cloth, with spine ruled and titled in gilt, top edge gilt, others uncut.   Condition: Fine in fine case.   Ref: 106493   Price: HK$ 3,000