Thursday, July 23, 2009
This first book, the expensive and very slim journal of Jane Pugin, wife of the inspired architect who gave us the 19th century Gothic revival in Britain and the colonies, is a touching and heartfelt account of her brief marriage cut tragically short by her beloved husband's death at the age of 40. A jolly expensive book, at £19.99 for only 89 pages including the index, but all the proceeds go to the Landmark Trust, which purchased and lovingly restored the Pugin designed and built family home for the Nation's enjoyment.
I adore travel books, the older the better. This serendipitous find, "The Netherlands; A Study of Some Aspects of Art, Costume and Social Life", complete with dustwrapper, and for only 80p in a thrift shop is wonderful. Dating back to 1948, this book by Sir Sacheverell Sitwell is a fascinating read and has some lovely illustrated plates.