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Highgate Cemetery: Victorian valhalla Paperback


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 111 pages
  • Publisher: Salem House (1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 088162022X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881620221
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,123,506 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In all a very informative book and a good read.
GreyKat
One issue I have is if a tombstone is mentioned (and there is a picture) you have to flip to the back of the book to find it.
YA Librarian
It documents and illustrates Victorian Valhalla with hauntingly beautiful photographs.
Pennfield

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 13, 1999
Format: Paperback
I was surprised, when struck with curiosity about Highgate Cemetery, that there was so little information available about this beautiful and fascinating landmark. I managed to find this photographic study of the cemetery through my library. What a shame that it's no longer in print. (I believe it WAS in print in the UK until not so long ago, but last time I checked Amazon UK it wasn't there). Beautiful, well done photos, a record of a time when death was common and loved ones were remembered with spectacular display and tender words. Many of the photos were taken prior to the vandalism that occurred there in the 60's and 70's, so this may be one of the few records of how the place appeared before then. I highly recommend anyone to seek this out through an interlibrary loan.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By The Old Philosopher on March 1, 2004
Format: Paperback
I picked it up in a box full of books at a yard sale, and found it fascinating. I suppose it's out of print but if you can get a used one it's worth reading. Words and pictures describe a very fashionable 19th century London cemetery. Highgate was London's most fashionable cemetery for most of a century, and then was mostly forgotten as weeds and vines overtook it. More recently a group of "Friends of Highgate" have been clearing away the tangled vegetation and revealing the ornate monuments and intriguing sculptures. The original management kept detailed records of who is buried where. Besides for the expensive area with it's stone carvings much of Highgate is common folks, average age only thirty something, indicative of the hardships of the working class. The last half the book is photos of monuments, lions, horses, angels, cherubs, a lamb, and a faithful do keep eternal watch over master's grave.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John C. Martine on February 23, 2003
Format: Paperback
I have always wanted to visit Highgate, but economics keep me at home. There is a nice history of the cemetery and a it is wonderfully illustrated. If you are into cemeteries, Highgate is The Victorian Vallhalla and it amazes me that it is out of print. Wouldn't The Friends of Highgate make a couple bucks selling copies? There are graves I would have liked to have seen pictures of that aren't in it, Elizabeth Siddal for instance, but there are wonderful stories about the people who are there.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By YA Librarian on August 18, 2009
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The first part of the book contains two chapters(listed below) which consists of 44 pages of text. The rest of the book has marvelous black and white photographs. It's almost a shame that there were not more. However, the pictures the reader does see are moving and impressive.

The book contains the following chapters:
The Cemetery (This chapter explains why the cemetery had to be built, who created it, the cemeteries slow demise and how volunteers helped bring the cemetery back to life.
Companions in Death (Which tells a few of the more interesting people who are buried there. For example one man was so in love with his wife that he buried his poems with her only to retrieve them a few years later.

One issue I have is if a tombstone is mentioned (and there is a picture) you have to flip to the back of the book to find it. I would have enjoyed the pictures being on the same page. But I think the author wanted the reader to get a full size picture of the tombstones.

There were also six drawings from the time period. One depicts a funeral procession the others are what I believe to be of Highgate.

While I do love this book and I am glad I bought it the current price of $50.00 is a bit much for what you get. Its sad that this book is no longer in print because I'm sure there would be a lot of interest.
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