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The White House in Miniature: Based on the White House Replica by John, Jan, and the Zweifel Family

Buckland, Gail;Culbert-Aguilar, Kathleen

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ISBN 10: 0393036634 / ISBN 13: 9780393036633
Published by W W Norton & Co Inc, New York, 1994
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Very nice, clean book with o bumps to corners and very clean red boards. Oversized at 9"x10". Jacket is very clean with no tears or chips and has not been price-clipped. Looks most handsome in brand new mylar. Only fault is a narrow ban of toning at top edge of endflaps. SIGNED and inscribed to previous owner by John Zweifel, one of the artists who created the miniature masterpiece. Book is filled with excellent full color photographs, but also contains much text offering details about both the real building and the creation of the replica. 201 pages plus back matter. Bookseller Inventory # 24367

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Title: The White House in Miniature: Based on the ...

Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc, New York

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: SIGNED by Builder

Edition: First Edition Stated

About this title


John and Jan Zweifel's meticulous recreation of the White House is captured in full-color illustration.

Considered to be one of the world's greatest miniature houses, the replica is the result of over 30 years of research and construction by the Zweifel family. The tiny, working telephones, hand-carved chairs and tables, and miniature carpets that reproduce the original stitch by stitch, are all proof of great craftsmanship and minute attention to detail.

From Kirkus Reviews:

No doubt about it--this book, which presents (with infinite care) the miniature White House constructed by John and Jan Zweifel (with more than infinite care), is astonishing. The miniature White House, built on a one-foot-to-one-inch scale, is beyond astonishing, replicating each room of the real White House down to floral arrangements, dining services, and, when possible, hand carvings on table legs. Kathleen Culbert-Aguilar's photographs (accompanied by Cooper Union professor Buckland's text) seem designed to accomplish two things: first, to allow us access to places, like the Reagans' bedroom, not included in the normal White House tour; second, to make us wonder at the craftsmanship of the replica. This she does by means of clever interventions like putting a real poker hand (a full house) in the model Green Room. The persistence of the Zweifels, who first got the Kennedy administration interested in the project but weren't allowed into the White House to take the necessary measurements and pictures until the Ford administration (Gerald Ford and his wife contribute the foreword), is boggling. But isn't this fetishistic reverence for executive wallpaper also a bit perverse? What does it mean that we want to banish the presidency to Lilliput? And how come there aren't any toilets? -- Copyright ©1994, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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Garrison House Books has maintained an on-line presence since 1997. We are a general interest used, rare, and out-of-print bookstore based in the quaint Victorian town of Medina, Ohio. American history, children's books and ephemera (the history of the people) intrigue us most, but we buy and maintain books in all categories. We are Tess and Eric Kindig, married forever, and passionate about books, bookselling and readers. Tess has been a newspaper reporter, magazine writer, and public relations director, and is still a working author with 13 published books to her credit. Eric owns Log Cabin Inc. in Lodi, Ohio, an 8,000-plus square foot retail establishment specializing in historical books and reenactment accoutrements. In addition to his remarkable ability to schlep large piles of books from hither to yon, Eric brings over 30 years of retail experience to this endeavor! Also, joining our staff are our beloved bookshop kitties -- Miss Lil and Mickey. The former provides gentility and elan, and the latter (who is basically a street thug) provides comic relief. We believe that books are treasures, not commodities, and that readers are individuals, not numbers. Our greatest joy is in getting to know you and serving you with grace and good humor. We appreciate your business very much!

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