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v2.1 Reference

Country Life (1859)

A Handbook of Agriculture, Horticulture, and Landscape Gardening

Robert Morris Copeland (1830–1874) was one of a small number of American landscape practitioners whose written and built work helped establish the foundations for city planning and integrated park systems. As did his colleagues Frederick Law Olmsted and Horace Cleveland, Copeland merged many of the principles of scientific farming with landscape gardening. Although he died at a relatively young age, his accomplishments were substantial. He left behind several important designs for cemeteries, estates, suburbs, communities, and parks throughout New England, New York, and Pennsylvania.

In 1859, Copeland published Country Life, which quickly became a bible of scientific farming and landscape gardening, as it incorporated the latest agricultural practices with new engineering methods. Handsomely illustrated with plates and woodcuts, the book sold through six editions. Copeland organized the book into an agricultural year that provided practical and aesthetic advice on a month-by-month basis, according to area. He dedicated the book "to all lovers of nature and to all engaged in cultivating and adorning the earth," suggesting that a well-managed farm "can expand the mind and ennoble the soul."

A new introduction by William H. Tishler analyzes the importance of the book to mid-nineteenth-century America and chronicles Copeland's other important achievements, including his early concept for a metropolitan park system for Boston that foreshadowed Charles Eliot's efforts by many years.

Published in association with Library of American Landscape History: http://lalh.org/

About the Author

William H. Tishler is professor emeritus of landscape architecture at the University of Wisconsin and editor of Midwestern Landscape Architecture and American Landscape Architecture: Designers and Places.


"The new reprint edition of Robert Morris Copeland's Country Life brings an influential classic back into public view. The influence of Robert Morris Copeland and George Perkins Marsh converged in Woodstock, Vermont, where Frederick Billings employed Copeland in 1869 to design his estate and begin the process of repairing its badly damaged forested landscape. The Billings property, which is today a national park, had also been home to Marsh, one of the nation's first global environmental thinkers. The tangible expression of Copeland's philosophy of 'The Useful and the Beautiful' can still be experienced and enjoyed on the reforested slopes and carriage roads of Mount Tom."—Rolf Diamant, Superintendent, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, Woodstock, Vermont

9781558496941 : country-life-1859-copeland
896 Pages
$49.95 USD

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