Nigel Temple Collection
Dr Nigel Temple’s passions for architecture, landscapes and gardening are reflected in this small but significant collection, which the Library purchased from his widow in 2004. The material dates predominantly from the nineteenth century, with a dozen items from the eighteenth.
The collection includes a number of gardening books, ranging from ten years’ coverage of the Victorian garden monthly, Floral World, to seminal works by the Swedish-English architect Sir William Chambers (1722–96). Chambers’s most influential work on garden architecture, A Dissertation on Oriental Gardening (London, 1772), is present, along with the sumptuous folio Plans, Elevations, Sections, and Perspective Views of the Gardens and Buildings at Kew in Surry: the seat of Her Royal Highness the Princess Dowager of Wales (London, 1763). The Temple copy is bound in with a French version of his Designs of Chinese Buildings, Furniture, Dresses, Machines, and Utensils (London, 1757).
Another highlight of the collection is the magnificent Les Promenades de Paris (Paris, 1867–73) by Jean Charles Adolphe Alphand (1817–91), who worked with Baron Haussmann on the redesign of Paris. Other finely illustrated volumes include John Buonarotti Papworth’s Hints on Ornamental Gardening (London, 1823).
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