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Victorian Interior Decoration : American Interiors 1830-1900

Winkler, Gail Caskey Moss, Roger W.

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ISBN 10: 080500078X / ISBN 13: 9780805000788
Published by New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1986, New York, 1986
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The authoritative book on how the Victorians decorated walls, ceilings, woodwork, floors, and windows- complete with original color schemes. First edition, first printing stated. 257 pp. illustrated in color and in b&w. Near fine in hardback in a near fine unclipped dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 002570

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Title: Victorian Interior Decoration : American ...

Publisher: New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1986, New York

Publication Date: 1986

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: 1st Edition

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A look at the way American Victorian houses were decorated during the nineteenth century provides information on how to recreate the same effects

From Publishers Weekly:

As an historical textbook, this work achieves what it sets out to accomplish: compile a mass of detailed information based on primary sources. But as a how-to guide, it is lacking. Information for homeowners is contained in a few sidebars, such as "Wallpaper Selection Today," and presented in vague terms: "Some companies do manufacture papers that reproduce designs used during the 19th century." The authors tell us how the Victorians chose to design their homes and the reasons for their various selections, but in such dry prose that it's difficult to imagine they are discussing an era known for its exciting diversity and burgeoning opulence. And despite abundant quotes from Godey's Lady's Book and other charming sources, this tome is boring. Victorian scholars may appreciate the book, but readers seeking to restore their homes should look elsewhere for practical advice. Winkler is a director of the National Preservation Institute and Moss is executive director of a research library specializing in19th century history. Illustrations.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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