The Magnificent Builders and Their Dream Houses.
Thorndike, Jr., Joseph.
Place Published: New York, N.Y.:
Publisher: American Heritage Publishing Co., Inc.,
Date Published: 1978.
Description: 8-3/4" x 11-1/4". 352 pages including Index with numerous color photos and black and white photos throughout the book. The book is in VERY GOOD condition with previous owners library plate on the front pastedown page, sticker on the ffep. A clean tight copy. The jacket is in VERY GOOD condition with minor chipping/closed tearing and edgewear on the edges. Previous owners sticker on the bottom of spine. JMVINTAGE specializes in Books, Magazines and Treasures related to the Duke and Duchess of Windsor....and other curious people. The jackets reads: An intimate look at the most fantastic private homes in the world and the remarkable men and women who could afford to build as imaginatively as their fancies dictated-and did. The improbable dreams of individuals who knew what they wanted and how to get it-at any cost-have resulted in some of the most envied and admired dwellings ever created. The stories of those intriguing homes-mansions, palaces, cottages, castles-and their owners are dramatically presented, through photographs, art, and evocative text, in THE MAGNIFICENT BUILDERS. Here, in splendid visual array, are some of the most beautiful buildings ever designed: Francis I's Chambord, the Alhambra of the caliphs of Granada, John Ringling's Ca'd'Zan, the Duchess of Marlborough's Blenheim Palace. Here also you will find the unpretentious charm of handmade houses built by modern do-it-your-self dreamers. More than architecture, however, this book is about people-some of the most dynamic individualsin history as well as contemporary times: poets, kings, queens, self-made men, architects, oil barons, the idle rich, dictators, entertainers. THE MAGNIFICENT BUILDERS ventures behind the public faces to explore the private motivations of personalities as diverse as the Emperor Hadrian and Wilt Chamberlain, Mrs. Jack Gardner and Frank Lloyd Wright, the Tiger Balm King and Alva Vanderbilt. THE MAGNIFICENT BUILDERS takes readers to Marie Antoinette's "rustic" cottage in the village of Le Hameau, where she played dairymaid with a Sevres milk pail; to fabulous San Simeon, which William Randolph Hearst filled with treasures-and junk-from European palaces; to Chenonceaux, the lovely prize in a romantic rivalry between Henry II's queen, Catherine de Medicis, and his mistress, Diane de Poitiers; to the Alhambra, where Moorish caliphs. "tasted all the pleasures and forgot all the duties" of life; to Hardwick Hall, one of the stately Elizabethan mansions the Countess of Shrewsbury built with the fortunes of four successive husbands.Edition: First edition
Binding: Hard Cover
Condition: Very Good in Very Good dj
Book Id: 9684