A History of the Gardens of Versailles
Michel Baridon. Translated by Adrienne Mason
296 pages | 6 x 9 | 42 illus.
Cloth 2008 | ISBN 978-0-8122-4078-8 | $59.95 | £39.00
Paper 2012 | ISBN 978-0-8122-2207-4 | $26.50 | £17.50
A volume in the Penn Studies in Landscape Architecture series
"Known the world over, the gardens of Versailles are often visited hurriedly by crowds of tourists…. In contrast, this book examines the political and cultural intrigues during the era of the gardens' creation. To achieve his masterpiece, Louis XIV mobilized the seventeenth century's artistic and scientific elite. This work enables us to discover this universe."–Jardins, in a review of the French edition
Michel Baridon traces the history of the most famous gardens in the world from their inception through the three centuries of eventful history that they have witnessed. Read more . . .