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Inside the mind of park maker Frederick Law Olmsted

Globe Staff

Peer into the mind of the nation’s most prolific park maker with this book, which showcases more than 70 public spaces designed by Frederick Law Olmsted ***(1822-1903), the founder of American landscape architecture. “Plans and Views of Public Parks” includes the concept designs for Olmsted’s foremost parks, parkways, and scenic reservations — from Central Park to Niagara Falls, the oldest state park — and a number of projects in Massachusetts. Along with the historic Emerald Necklace, the book highlights local gems such as North Easton’s Memorial Cairn, Fall River’s South Park, and the Town Common in Amherst. With more than 500 images, including sketches, lithographs, paintings, and photographs, “Plans and Views of Public Parks” is a visual compendium of Olmsted’s work, taking readers on a visual tour through some of America’s most significant public landscapes.

“Frederick Law Olmsted: Plans and Views of Public Parks,” Johns Hopkins, $74.95