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Thomas Jefferson's Monticello Hardcover – December 5, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-1882886180 ISBN-10: 1882886186 Edition: First Edition

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: The University of Virginia Press; First Edition edition (December 5, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1882886186
  • ISBN-13: 978-1882886180
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,700 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Many books have been devoted to Monticello; this stands with the best. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

This is a rare coffee-table book, not only handsome but full of worthwhile text and insights into the life and thinking of Jefferson as president, architect and Renaissance man. (Los Angeles Times)

This book takes us on a photographic and textual adventure into the spirit of Monticello and its architect, Thomas Jefferson. (Southern Living)

This beautiful book captures the home's aesthetic appeal, and the experts writing the text bring new information on the way Jefferson lived, studied, and created there. (Garry Wills, author of Lincoln at Gettysburg)

About the Author

William L. Beiswanger is Robert H. Smith Director of Restoration at Monticello and has overseen numerous landscape and building restoration projects there. He is a contributor to the National Trust books American Landscape Architecture and Master Builders, and the author of Monticello in Measured Drawings.

Director of Gardens and Grounds since 1977, Peter J. Hatch is responsible for the care, restoration, and interpretation of Jefferson's Monticello landscape. He is an authority on Jefferson's gardening interests and on the history of plants in American gardens. His most recent book is The Fruits and Fruit Trees of Monticello.

Lucia Stanton is Shannon Senior Research Historian at Monticello. The author or co-editor of various books on Jefferson, including Jefferson's Memorandum Books, Free Some Day: The African-American Families of Monticello, and Slavery at Monticello, she is currently involved in an oral history of the descendants of Jefferson's slaves, which is part of her research on the African-American families of Monticello and on the plantation at large.

Curator of Monticello since 1986, Susan R. Stein has responsibility for Thomas Jefferson's world-famous house and the wide variety of artifacts that relate to Jefferson's life on the mountain. She organized the landmark 1993 exhibition that commemorated the 250th anniversary of Jefferson's birth and produced the exhibition catalog The Worlds of Thomas Jefferson at Monticello.

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The photography is superb and the text so engaging.
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Nothing replaces going to this amazing estate, but this book is as close as it gets!!!
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It is a volume both serious Jefferson scholars and lay people can enjoy.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Andrew S. Rogers VINE VOICE on May 2, 2003
Format: Hardcover
One of the clichés about Monticello is that few houses do so good a job revealing the personality of its builder. But clichés get to be such generally because there's truth to them, and that's definitely the case here. If Thomas Jefferson was one of the most interesting figures in American history (and I think that's unquestionably true), then Monticello may well be one of America's most interesting houses. And for this colorful book produced by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, we are guided through the house and grounds by people who know their stuff.
Specifically, the chapters of this title are written by Monticello's director of restoration, the curator, the director of gardens and grounds, and other experts associated with the Foundation. Large, colorful photos are accompanied by informed commentary and all the requisite history, as well as documentation of the decades of restoration work it has taken to get the house and grounds to its current condition. A book doesn't make up for a visit in person -- if anything, I wished for more photos of the interior, especially of the book room and "cabinet." But for a general overview of the house, grounds, and collection, and an insight into the man himself, this book is hard to beat. I recommend it as a souvenir, as well as a nice companion to a Jefferson biography.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Spencer Michael on August 2, 2006
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This is a highly informative, well documented book covering all aspects of the design and building of Thomas Jefferson's home, plus insights into why things were done the way they were done, through Jefferson's own notes, sketches and correspondence. Plus,the photographs are exquisite.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey L. Mcconnell on January 9, 2007
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This work successfully links the many unique qualities of Thomas Jefferson's personality to the unique qualities of the home that he designed and spent most of his life building and rebuilding. All of the intriguing features of this home are covered.

Anyone interested in this remarkable man and his home who is unable to visit Monticello in person should strongly consider this work.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jo Shafer on January 20, 2008
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Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, an essay in architecture, takes readers on a historical tour of the third U.S. president's cherished home near Charlottesville, Virginia, through well-written text and gorgeous, full-color photography. The book includes floor plans and photographs of Jefferson's original architectual elevations, as well as drawings of the finished building that we are most familiar with today. It describes Jefferson as art collector and plantation life on Monticello's farms, and it explores the four seasons in Monticello's gardens. Published in 2002 by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Inc.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David Brandt on December 16, 2008
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I have toured Monticello, and the stunning pictures in this tastefully put-together book does Monticello proud. Also the writings and diagrams within the book describing how Monticello came about, and something about the genuis patriot who designed it is very well done and most interesting. This book is well worth the price, and would make a wonderful gift.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 13, 2008
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After visiting Monticello and being awestruck, I could hardly wait to visit again. This book makes me feel as if I am there again. The photography is superb and the text so engaging. I am in love with this book as much as I am Monticello itself. I highly recommend it!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By W. Drake on August 20, 2010
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No need to keep Monticello in memory alone! Return home to Monticello with this exquisitely photographed book produced by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation. This is the keep sake sold at Monticello gift shops. Perfect size for a coffee table, but not too large or cumbersome. Spectacular glossy photos of both the interiors and grounds in all seasons! Some photos comprise entire page. Chapters include: Essay in Architecture; A Look Inside; Furnishing Monticello; The Gardens; The Plantation. Also a fantastic "amazon" price for this beautiful, high quality book. Definitely a MUST purchase!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Spot on February 3, 2013
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Beautifully photographed book along with plenty of information on one of the most important historical structures in America. Much more than a "coffee table" book. I suggest it along with the book "Thomas Jefferson--the Art of Power."
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