A pleasant account of how the Crystal Palace came to be, the troubles over financing and building plans, the solution, the actual construction of the Palace, the triumphant opening day and a description of the exhibits, British and foreign. A building planned for six months, which lasted 85 years, embodying Victorianism at its best and worst. A building that made friends and enemies, that gave England cause for pride, fame and money, that was a Mecca for notables, not once but many times. Good for Anglophiles, Victorian addicts, travelers interested in minutiae. Good gift book sale.