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Perhaps the best mid-century landscape design book I've ever seen: "Creative Gardens by James C. Rose. Copyright 1958 by Reinhold Publishing Corporation. This hard-to-find book is oversized, filled with beautiful photographs of the most amazing garden designs, and some interiors as well. The dust jacket states that this is "not a how-to-do-it book, but it might well be considered a how-to-think-it book." Photographs contributed by Julius Schulman, Lionel Freedman, Gott-Schleisner, Hedrich-Blessing, Richard Pratt, Herbert M. Rosenthal, Arthur Rothstein, Maggi Sherwood, Ezra Stoller, and Lonnie Wasco. Publication credits include Architectural Forum, Good Housekeeping, House Beautiful, Ladies Home Journal, McCalls, The New York Times, and Progressive Architecture. Contents:

1. Gardens without Houses
Modular Gardens
Free Form
The Garden Maker
2. Houses Plus Gardens
Great Neck
South Orange
West Orange
New York
East Meadows
3. Fusion - a step toward integration

1. Definitions of Space
2. Plant Forms
3. How to Prevent a Garden

Condition: This book is in good condition, with some wear. There is heavy wear & tear to the dust jacket. Yellow linen hardcover has soiling around the edges. Foxing is present on a few pages at the front and back of the book, but otherwise pages are free from stains and tears. Smells a bit musty, but can be "aired out". Book measures 13" x 10" and has 208 pages. Despite the condition imperfections, this gem is a rare find and a great addition for the modern library.

About the author (from wikipedia): James C. Rose was one of the pioneers of modernism in landscape architecture. While attending Harvard, Rose and his fellow classmates, Garrett Eckbo and Dan Kiley, rebelled against the conventional landscape theory and designs. He refused to conform to the formal style of Beaux-Arts architecture; he saw the landscapes as much more than a pastoral setting for modern buildings. Rose and his classmates fueled the social movement of modernism in Landscape architecture. They teamed up to write several articles about their cause. Through these publications in the Pencil Point magazine, now called Progressive Architecture, and other later articles and books, Rose was able to spread his view on landscape theory and design. Rose also took a stand against the emerging American suburbia and urban planning. He believed these ordered, inorganic projects were useless for domestic living and were degrading to the environment. Rose wrote about suburbia and urban planning in his first book Creative Gardens and also in several published articles...Before his death he was able to fulfill his lifelong dream of establishing a design study and landscape research center, The James Rose Center.

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A word about shipping: U.S. shipping rate included in this listing is via insured media mail, slow but economical. If you need this book in a hurry, I can ship via Priority mail at an additional cost. Please convo me for details.

Creative Gardens by James C. Rose (Fantastic Oversized Midcentury Design Book)