The Victorian Country House; revised and enlarged edition

New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1990. Fourth printing. Perfect Bound. Octavo, pp. vii, 467, indexed, richly illustrated in color and b/w. Near Fine. Item #21617

The great wealth of 19th-century Britain led to an astonishing boom in the building of country houses. These houses were generally of an enormous size and complexity, and exhibited a remarkable variety of design. The author displays his vast knowledge and critical insight in a wide-ranging approach to this fascinating subject. He deals not only with the houses themselves but also with the architects involved, the social and economic conditions that made such massive structures possible, the cumbersome domestic organization that dictated their design, and the ingenious technological developments in plumbing, heating and construction that enhanced the comfort of country living.

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