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A Classic returns
on December 11, 2012
This book, half upstairs-downstairs memoir and half how-to manual for maintaining a household (including the small individual establishment) had gone out of print and was fetching very high prices on the used market. Thanks to the enormous popularity of 'Downton Abbey,' Clarkson Potter has reissued it with a new foreword by the historical advisor to that series. I had often consulted the book in the '80s from my university library, and in my current city have been frustrated not to find it, so I'm very glad to have the new edition. Most of the cleaning and preservation tips, while traditional, would pass muster with modern conservation authorities (something not true of many "household tips" cleaning and polishing methods) and Ager's thoughts on clothes maintenance, table setting and service, and packing clothes for travel are worth the price of admission. The fact that his coauthor was the daughter of the house in which he served for nearly thirty years is a testament to his knowledge and to the esteem in which he was held by the family.