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A Garden in Venice
 
 
Author
F. Eden. Marie-Therese Weal, afterword.
Publisher Frances Lincoln  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 7 x 0.9 inches
ISBN 9780711222052
Pages/Publication Date 152/2003
Daedalus Item Code 23598
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There is a Garden of Eden, and most Venetians know of it because the Giardino Eden resides in their city. What they may not know is that it is named not for its biblical predecessor but rather for its founder, landscape painter Frederic Eden (Gertrude Jekyll's brother-in-law and Sir Anthony Eden's great uncle), who acquired, planted and cultivated the garden in the 1880s. Eden's remarkable book, first published in 1903 and illustrated with photographs and woodcuts in the style of Poliphilus' Dream, is his chatty and digressive account of creating an English garden—complete with an orchard and a cow—in an improbable site on the Giudecca. As Marie-Thérèse Weal tells us in her Postface to this beautiful facsimile edition, the garden became a resort of poets and aesthetes and, having been given to Princess Aspasia of Greece, ended up as the property of the Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser before becoming a monumento nazionale of Italy.
 
 
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