- Paperback: 248 pages
- Publisher: Girandole Books (March 26, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0997164611
- ISBN-13: 978-0997164619
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #382,928 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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An Old Merchant's House: Life at Home in New York City 1835-1865 Paperback – March 26, 2012
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About the Author
Mary Knapp has been affiliated with the Merchant’s House Museum since 1995. She has co-authored with her husband, Herb, One Potato, Two Potato: The Folklore of American Children (W.W. Norton, 1976) and Red, White, and Blue Paradise (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1984), a memoir of the couple’s years living and teaching in the Panama Canal Zone. She lives in New York City and blogs at www.hintsandechoes.wordpress.com.
Top customer reviews
Carefully selected illustrations, including many original photographs of items from the archives of the Seabury Tredwell house (today's Merchant's House Museum), round out the text. The scope of Knapp's meticulously researched book is impressive. A great number of primary sources, including diary and notebook excerpts, make the footnotes alone worthy of a thorough reading. A definite must for any New York City history buff...or anyone interested in the not-so-distant past.
The author uses the house and its occupants to expand on the customs of this particular social class In New York City. The book is well written, well documented, and reveals a lot about domestic life of the well to do in the Big Apple around midcentury.
There are a good many pictures and a bibliography. I’d recommended it highly if you’d like to read true details about the way it was for wealthy people in NYC before the Civil War.
This book makes FASCINATING reading. Admittedly a history buff, and someone who has had an intimate relationship with the house in question for years, I found myself devouring the contents. The fact of the matter is, this book is actually a very good read! Knapp's writing style not only opens floodgates of information in a such a way that one can absorb it effortlessly, but you'll find yourself actually laughing out loud at her little asides and droll observations. And the copious illustrations are just as engrossing as the text.
This book is truly a MUST READ for anyway interested in the 19th Century - - - on just about any level. The best book of this genre I have read since Elizabeth Donaghy Garrett's "At Home" - and joins that book on my very select list of tomes I will re-read, relish, and consult over and over again!