[American]. van Ravenswaay, Charles.
The Arts and Architecture of German Settlements in Missouri
A Survey of a Vanishing Culture
University of Missouri Press
Quarto, 20 x 28.5 cm. xvi,533pp,[3pp]. First edition. Original light blue cloth, front board and spine stamped in black and gilt. Map end papers, one has been ripped out. No dust jacket. Illustrations throughout, mostly in black & white. Ex-lib with the usual markings and stickers.
"Charles van Ravenswaay’s massive volume is the landmark result of a unique pilot study of nineteenth century German culture in eight Lower Missouri Valley counties. . . . Van Ravenswaay combines the nostalgic appreciation of a native son with the critical perspective of the professional historian. . . . More than six hundred carefully identified photographs and drawings, including twenty color plates, and four hundred pages of analytical text represent this contribution. Log, frame, stone, and brick construction with the designers and builders are discussed in minute detail. Forty percent of the book is devoted to craftsmen and their furniture, musical instruments, wood and stone carving, stonecutting, baskets, firearms, tin and copperware, textiles, pottery, drawings, prints, paintings, and trades. Such comprehensive treatment marks the beginning of a welcome new era in ethnic histories." -American Historical Review.
Binding: Cloth over Boards
Condition: Very Good
Book Id: 10784