THE SECOND TREASURE OF EARLY AMERICAN HOMES by Richard & Dorothy Pratt

THE SECOND TREASURE OF EARLY AMERICAN HOMES

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The immense success of the First Treasury five years ago (some quarter of a million readers is estimated) and the popularity of the regional series in the Ladies' Home Journal is a measure of the market for this second volume. Interest in the architectural and historical heritage of America, concentrated chiefly in the thirteen original states and the District of Columbia has been growing steadily, as the hordes of people who visit such places as Williamsburg and Sturbridge indicates. This volume includes fifty seven of the homes pictured in the series -- exteriors and 140 interiors, and the whole comprise a delightful tour stretching from far eastern Maine to southern Virginia. Aesthetically and architecturally, the houses combine qualities that are pleasing to the eye and indicative of the best of their periods, inside and out. At least half of these houses are never open to public view so the book is actually a private view- a rewarding one. Informative text, detailing those aspects of the photographs that help enrich the understanding. The photographs are in color; one could wish for more consistently fine reproductions -- some of these are a bit fuzzy in outline and uneven in tone quality, while the majority are very satisfying. A book that provides a good choice for holiday giving.

Publisher: Hawthorne Books