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on 6 November 2016
No colour photos, but nicely laid out information.
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on 18 February 2013
a very interesting book , useful for my studying garden history. very detailed information, choice of gardens for different countries is good
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on 17 March 2014
I bought the book for my daughter who is studying Landscape Architecture at the University of Porto.
She needs to present a study on this topic and the teacher recommended this book as a reference.
According to the comments that my daughter does, she is very pleased with the book.
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on 12 November 2007
What is a "Landscape of Man"?

"To qualify as a `landscape of man,' an environment must be deliberately shaped at a specific time." "Art is a continuous process..." Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe and his wife Susan wrote, "All design therefore derives from impressions of the past, conscious or subconscious, and in the modern collective landscape, from historic gardens and parks and silhouettes which were created for totally different social reasons..."

"The Landscape of Man: Shaping the Environment from Prehistory to the Present Day" includes 28 sections and they are separated into two parts, Part One is "From Prehistory to the end of the Seventeenth Century." It covers landscape from pre-history to 1700 AD and includes 17 sections covering Origins, the Central Civilization (Western Asia to the Muslim Conquest, Islam in Western Asia, the Western Expansion of Islam: Spain, the Eastern Expansion of Islam: Mughul India), the Eastern Civilization (Ancient India, China, Japan, Pre-Columbian America) and the Western Civilization (Egypt, Greece, the Roman Empire, the Middle Ages in Europe, Italy: the Renaissance, France: Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries, Spain, Germany, England, the Netherlands: Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries). The text for each section follows a standard format of Environment, Social History, Philosophy, Expression, Architecture and Landscape. Case studies have striking black-and-white photos, paintings and plans and a brief description.

Part Two of the book is "The Evolution of Modern Landscape." It covers landscape from 1700 AD to present and includes 11 sections covering the Eighteenth Century (Western Classicism, the Chinese School, the English School), the Nineteenth Century (the European Mainland, the British Isles, the United States of America), and the Twentieth Century (Europe, The Americas, the Western Hemisphere: the New World, the Eastern Hemisphere: the Old World), and Worlds Trends in Landscape Design. The text follows a standard format of Environment, History, Social, Economics, Philosophy and Expression for each Century and then a standard format of the Home, Landscape, Comments and case studies for each section.

"The Landscape of Man: Shaping the Environment from Prehistory to the Present Day" has 408 pages, 746 illustrations and 6 maps. It is a great book for architects, landscape architects and urban planners!

Gang Chen, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Author of "Planting Design Illustrated," "LEED GA Exam Guide," "Architectural Practice Simplified," and other books on various LEED exams, architecture, and landscape architecture
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on 31 December 2000
For 25 years, this has been the definitive volume to learn from, refer to and quote from. Jellicoe's laconic manner and brisk editing is still fairly popular throughout the western world; the book still a best seller everywhere!
However, it is not particularly appealing to the layman. To my mind, for the sake of promoting the importance of the built landscape as well as the preservation of the natural world, a new edition might be useful. Less on caves - more on the new parks of Europe. Less B&W - more colour. Less about too many - more about the real progenitors.
Jellicoe died in 1995, the year in which the book was revised for the third and, probably, last time. Even if it still looks like a 70's monumental, monochromatic flagship, it is still a mindbomb!
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