MASON, William. ~ The English Garden: a Poem. Book the first... The second Edition... London printed: and sold by R. Horsefield... T. Cadell... G. Riley... and H. Denoyer... also by W. Tessyman, in York. 1772.
—————. The English Garden: a Poem. Book the second... York: Printed by A. Ward; and sold by J. Dodsley... T. Cadell... and H. Denoyer... London; also by J. Todd... York. 1777. [and:]
—————. The English Garden: a Poem. Book the third... London: Printed by H. Goldney, for J. Dodsley... and T. Cadell... and sold by J. Todd... York. 1779. [And:]
—————. The English Garden: a Poem. Book the fourth... York Printed by A. Ward: and sold by J. Dodsley... T. Cadell... and R. Fauldner... London; and J. Todd, in York. 1781.
4 parts in one vol., 4to (255 × 203 mm), pp. , 35, ; , 33, ; 32; , 54, plus final blank; without the half-titles to second and third parts, the general title to the fourth part, and final advertisement leaf to the second part; some spotting in places; crease to title of first part; recent half leather, cloth sides.
Second edition of the first part, first editions of the other three. A rare collection, Mason’s ‘magnum opus, The English Garden (4 books, 1772–81), over 2400 lines of blank verse based on Virgil’s Georgics, a didactic poem concerning landscape, art, and gardening’ (Oxford DNB). The intersection of these three arts were a defining feature of late eighteenth-century aesthetics, Horace Walpole writing in 1773: ‘Poetry, Painting and Gardening, or the science of Landscape, will forever by men of Taste be deemed Three Sisters, or the “Three New Graces” who dress and adorn Nature’. Jackson, pp. 13, 53, 71, and 86; Gaskell 20, 24, and 26.