History Books

Dictionary of Building Preservation

By Ward Bucher

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Definitions to thousands of architectural terms that are helpful for both the professional and the layman. Includes architectural styles, finishes, structural systems, conservation treatments, and more.

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Americans at Home: Four Hundred Years of American Houses

By Lee Pennock Huntington

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This children's selection tells how architectural styles have changed in America.

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America's Forgotten Architecture

By Tony P. Wrenn and Elizabeth D. Mulloy

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This book teaches how to look for architectural beauty in old buildings which may have been forgotten and whose loveliness deserves to be preserved. It features crisp black and white photos from across America. The authors explain early architectural styles and define preservation terms. Wonderful for browsing.

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Williamsburg Christmas: The Story of Christmas Decoration in the Colonial Capital

By Libbey Hodges Oliver and Mary Miley Theobald

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Illustrates the beautiful Christmas displays crafted from natural materials that are so popular in colonial Williamsburg's Christmas celebrations.

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Williamsburg: Decorating with Style

By Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

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"In the first decorating book from America's favorite colonial restoration, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and bestselling author Tricia Foley give hundreds of ideas for bringing the glories of 18th-century design into today's homes. 200 color photos." (Catalog summary)

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Southern Furniture, 1680-1830: The Colonial Williamsburg Collection

By Ronald L. Hurst and Jonathan Prown

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"...examines objects that were once found in homes from Maryland to the Carolina Low Country. No other book contains so much fine and diverse furniture, such rich documentation, and such a coherent overview of the regional styles of the Old South.Incorporating both urban and rural, high-style and plain pieces, Southern Furniture 1680-1830 explores the economic and cultural diversity of the region, and provides the most recent information about the South's little-known but extensive furniture-making traditions." (Catalog summary)

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Sotheby's Concise Encyclopedia of Porcelain

By David Battie

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A history of porcelain manufacture and use, from Asia to Europe and America. Has a chapter on fakes and forgeries as well as a glossary of terms and list of key factories.

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Furniture of Williamsburg and Eastern Virginia, 1710-1790

By Wallace B. Gusler

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"Furniture of Williamsburg and Eastern Virginia, 1710–1790, originally published in 1979 by the Virginia Museum, has been considered a milestone in southern furniture research." (Colonial Williamsburg Foundation)

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Field Guide to American Antique Furniture

By Joseph T. Butler

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"With more than seventeen hundred superb drawings, this authoritative book offers a unique visual system for identifying the style of virtually any piece of American antique furniture." (Catalog summary)

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