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Monticello in Measured Drawings: Drawings by the Historic American Buildings Survey * SIGNED * - FIRST EDITION -

Beiswanger, William (Architectural Commentary)

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ISBN 10: 1882886097 / ISBN 13: 9781882886098
Published by University of Virginia Press, 1998
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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FIRST Edition. FINE or Better volume, * SIGNED * by William Beiswanger on half-title page (signature only). LAID-IN is a printed 'gift card' from The Monticello Cabinet, thanking Ginger and Ed Mitchell for their support. ALSO, on blank front free-end-paper, in beautiful script, are the Mitchell's names, above "Monticello Cabinet, 1999". A Presentation Copy? Fabulous drawings throughout, that includes many elevation drawings. Gold Dust Jacket has thin creases along top and lower edges (no paper loss). Rear panel has light rubbing overall with very minor spotting. Front panel of jacket has two very short/small indentations - else a fabulous jacket. Book boards are brown cloth with gilt titles. A Perfect FIRST Edition volume. Mylar protected jacket. (International and priority mail at cost - suggest Media Mail where possible). Bookseller Inventory # 002091

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Title: Monticello in Measured Drawings: Drawings by...

Publisher: University of Virginia Press

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Each year approximately 500,000 people journey up the winding, narrow road from Charlottesville, Virginia, to visit Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson. In 1990 a team of architects from the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) made this same journey to record Jefferson's residence inside and out.

Monticello in Measured Drawings presents HABS' unique set of plan, elevations, sections, and details of the house as it was actually built. They expose many of Monticello's behind-the-scenes mysteries. Seeral reveal the house's complex facade, while others details the relationship of individual floors and the fascinating array of architectural elements found throughout the house.

Each drawing is accompanied by insightful commentary from William L. Beiswanger, Monticello's Robert H. Smith Director of Restoration. He shares his intimate knowledge of Jefferson's home gained over nearly three decades and reveals his own affection for this historic house. Beiswanger describes Jefferson's struggle to find harmony between the classical system of architectural proportion and his own "law of convenience." He also comments on renowned features such as the narrow stairs and the "conveniences"--indoor privies, and automatic door to the parlor, a revolving serving door--that America's third president incorporated in the design of his home. Stories from guests' and family members' experiences at Monticello during Jefferson's lifetime enliven the book.

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William L. Beiswanger is Director of Restoration for Monticello.

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