30. Le Désert de Retz: Le Jardin Pitoresque de Monsieur de Monville; A Late Eighteenth-Century French Folly Garden by Diana Ketcham, with art by Michael Kenna.
Le Désert de Retz: Le Jardin Pitoresque de Monsieur de Monville; A Late Eighteenth-Century French Folly Garden by Diana Ketcham, preface by Olivier Choppin de Janvry, text in English and French, illustrated with historical views of the park and related sites, facsimiles of the 26 engravings of Le Rouge from 1785, and 32 photographs of the grounds and fabriques by Michael Kenna, 1990.
The first book on the subject of this fanciful landscape garden and its architectural monuments was conceived and edited at the Arion Press. Monsieur de Monville's magic realm, where the history of architecture was to be seen in ruins, was visited by and in turn influenced Thomas Jefferson, King Gustavus of Sweden, and Marie Antoinette, and in recent times the Surrealists. The site is currently under restoration. The publication was the basis for a travelling exhibition mounted by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco that travelled to the Royal Institute of British Architects in London in 1991. A trade edition was published in 1994 by the MIT Press.
Format: 10 by 16 inches, 120 pages. The types are Monotype and handset Cochin and handset Cochin Open. The paper is Lustro dull-coat. Printed in offset lithography by Phelps-Schaefer. Bound in full blue Regina cloth, with grey-blue endpapers and labels. Edition of 400 copies, $375.00. Out of print.