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The Scottish Country House Hardcover – November 1, 2012

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About the Author

James Knox, a native of Ayrshire, is a literary historian, editor, and critic. He is publisher of the Art Newspaper, the leading international journal of art, artists, and exhibitions. James Fennell specializes in interiors, portraiture, fashion, and travel photography. His previous books include The Irish Country House.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Vendome Press (November 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0865652880
  • ISBN-13: 978-0865652880
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 1 x 12.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #444,548 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I vowed to save this beautiful book to read on Christmas day, but sat down and read it cover to cover the day it arrived, and have thumbed through it/reread parts daily since. The text is fascinating, giving a brief history of each of the 10 houses profiled, up to the present. All but one (Dumfries house) are privately owned or occupied descendants of the families who lived in them in centuries past. All of the photographs are stunners - my favorite images are those of the private rooms, similar in that they're filled with historic and contemporary family photos. Knox describes major alterations that were made over time, but those looking for floor plans or architectural drawings, it doesn't contain any. There are many interior photos, at least one (usually more) exterior shot of each house, and quite a few images of gardens/landscapes. A lovely, lovely book.
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I have a love for beautiful books, especially ones that are about houses. I particularly like books on privately owned houses (especially ones in Europe), as they provide a portrait of the architecture, interiors, landscape, and inhabitants that would normally not be revealed to the public.

Weighing in at 4.1 pounds, with 208 pages, this book is a beautiful focal point on my table. Inside, it is full of page after page of gorgeous pictures by James Fennell. The book is a fascinating read too. Each chapter delves into a single house, its history, the architectural background and features, the contents of the house (the furniture and collections that create the layers of personality unique to each house), the landscape, and the story of its inhabitants.

In the author's words, "the Scots are known for their hardiness, and this tale of ten houses is one of remarkable longevity played out against the background of Scottish history. With one exception, all of the houses are still lived in either by the families who built them or by those who have owned them for generations". This is fascinating stuff coming from a place (Atlanta) where a house from the 1920s is considered very old.

I highly recommend. This book is going to be a Christmas gift for several on my list this year.
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I love this book - the houses cover many centuries of architecture and history and I have visited almost all of them - and in some cases, stayed in them. I have been a life member of the National Trust for Scotland for over 40 years, and know both the Buccleuch houses well. Also, the coverage of Dumfries House is superb - thanks to the Prince of Wales, this gorgeous Adam home has been saved and restored to its former glory. A MUST for fans of Scottish history.
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I cannot say enough about this book.....it is visually stunning, very, very interesting to read, and a fabulous look at how people lived (and some still live) in these incredible "country houses". Each chapter is devoted to one house and provides the history of the home accompanied by gorgeous photos. Going through the pages of this book really takes you into a different world of families and clans that had wealth. And what stunning scenery! It makes me want to get on a plane and fly to Scotland. This book will not disappoint and will make a wonderful addition to your home library.
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Part of a Beautifully Illustrated Series each containing about 10 significant Country houses of Various periods, the other
volumes cove England and Ireland Each house is described with a brief History and contains numerous interior and
Exterior photographs in colour. This book is well wort adding to the collection of anyone interested in architecture, History
or interior decoration.
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Leaf through this book any time. It takes you to a more beautiful world. There is nothing wrong with using books for occasional escape. And if you are even a half-way history buff. you'll be riveted by the text.
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