Lot 43

My Refuge; or Satyr on the abuses of modern gardens. By the P.... of L... London From the printing house of W. and C. Spilsbury, chez Deboffe, Dulau et Co. and Didier 1801 In-12: [2]-46 pp. Partly uncut. Marbled paper binding of the ep. First separate edition, partly original, of this opuscule in verse published the same year in the "Mélanges militaires, littéraires et sentimentaires" (tome XXI). It was made in London by the Count - and future prince - Louis von Starhemberg (1766-1833), Austrian ambassador to London from 1793 to 1810. The dedication in verse addressed to him does not appear in the "Mélanges". It is dated "From my cell in the Kaltenberg, next to his, this 1st December, 1799". As noted in note 3 (p. 26), "My Refuge" is the name of the house built by the prince near Vienna on the Leopoldberg, where the Margrave's fortress once stood. Together with "Coup d'oeil sur Belœil", the work is a beautiful testimony to the prince's hydrangea. Ref. Vercruysse, pp. 222-224. - From Backer XXIII. - Barber III:331. - From Ganay 543. Prov. Princes of Starhemberg (stamp present in most of the known copies).