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is growing larger every year. Twelve of home of the Sackville family since the the most stately of the old English coun- time of Queen Elizabeth. It is a vast try houses are described, in several in- treasure house of works of art, and one stances by their present owners, and hun- of the most interesting houses in the dreds of photographs of their beauties, world. Rufford Abbey, in Nottinghamindoors and out, accompany the text. shire, near Sherwood Forest, is the home The volume is edited by Mr. A. H. of Lord Savile, who writes the sketch. Malan, who writes several of the sketches, This house contains, besides many other and Lord Frederick Hamilton contributes wonders, the finest collection of tapestry a preface. Lord Sackville writes of his in England. Cotohele, Levens and Compancient home of Knole, perhaps the finest ton Wingates are examples of manor example still in existence of a' monastic houses ; Glamis and Naworth are feudal building adapted to domestic use; the castles, built originally for defense, but greater part of the present house was pro- gradually converted into residences; and bably built by Thomas Bourchier, Arch- Bickling, Longleat and Wilton are stately bishop of Canterbury, before the middle of palaces built early in the sixteenth cen. the fifteenth century, though there are tury, when it was considered proper for a portions whose architecture seems to indi- great nobleman to surround himself with cate an earlier origin; the first record of some degree of magnificence. The dethe occupancy of Knole is to be found in scriptive articles are necessarily brief, but the reign of King John, when it belonged of the keenest interest to all who find to William Mareschal, Earl of Pembroke. sympathetic pleasure in the idea of a It is situated in Kent, and has been the beautiful family home enriched by the
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ing and specific significance of the names by which the average purchaser, unlearned in Eastern geography, is usually perplexed when he tries to select a rug or two from the piles guarded by Armenian refugees who bewilder him with syllables and, too often, sell him just what he would wish to avoid, had he any standard to go by. Since the art of rug-weaving is as old as most oriental traditions, it is not to be expected that the novice can learn from a book ail necessary knowledge of the subject, but the chapters are so arranged as to give the layman some little chance to distin
guish an old rug from a new one which Eter
has been boiled in coffee, perhaps, or in From “ Overheard in a Garden."-Copyright, some other way been “ doctored” in order 1900, by Charles Scribner's Sons.
to change its color or increase its lustre.
The different peoples who weave rugs are loving care of many generations. The set down, and materials are discussed; “American spirit” does not seem to there is a chapter on “Dyeing and Dyes," breed such steadfastness of residence and and another on “ Design.” The differloyalty to family tradition as go to pro- ence between Turkish, Persian and India duce homes like these; we are not without enormously expensive residences, even palaces, but their ownership changes so quickly that the glamor of tradition finds few architectural monuments to illumine.
Beside this chronicle of “Famous Homes," on the Christmas book-table lies a very valuable book-and, we think, the first of its kind-by Mr. John Kimberley Mumford, with the alluring title, “ Oriental Rugs” (Scribners). Here, ye builders of houses in town or country, is a subject fit for your minds. Mr. Mumford has undertaken to write a book which shall be, among other things, & guide to the intending buyer of rugs, which shall give him some definite and intelligent inforFrom “ The Pilgrim Shore."
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rugs and carpets is explained in detail, brilliant reproductions in monochrome and the names of tribes, districts and process and in color, of sixteen selected methods of weaving are so classified that rugs. Each of these reproductions is a any intelligent person can gain such a study in the soft, beautiful colorings general knowledge of the subject as to be which, until very recent years, were of practical service to him as a buyer, as seen in no other fabrics than the anwell as a respectable addition to his fund tique rugs. Space prevents longer notice of general information. The book is a here of this important book, which will large octavo, illustrated with photographs receive critical review in a later numof scenes in the rug countries, and with ber of The Book BUYER.
Mr. Whiteing has written 80 well of “ Paris of ToDay” as to seem, for the moment, to have covered the ground; how impossible an undertaking this would be, if anybody were reckless enough to embark upon it, is not hard to understand. Paris has been for so many years the inspiration of so many poets, prophets, romancers and historians that her bibliography stands mountain high. Miss Esther Singleton has made a few scratches on the surface of the mountain in her wellplanned volume, “ Paris as Seen and Described by Famous Writers," which Messrs. Dodd, Mead & Co. publish with an abundance of good photographs. Making three topographical divisions to begin with, Miss Singleton starts in La Cité and goes thence to the Left Bank, then to the Right Bank, and gives us the kernel of description by a score of writers, from Balzac and Gautier to Victor Hugo and P. G. Hamerton.
Two more of the compact From “ The House of Egremont.”—Copyright, 1900, by Charles Scribner's
and admirable volumes in the
“ Mediæval Towns”
series are just issued (Macmillan), “ The Story of Florence," by Edmund G. Gardner, illustrated by Nelly Erichsen, and “ The Story of Moscow," by Wirt Gerrare, illustrated by Helen M. James. Besides the very pretty and decorative ings there are several photogravure reproductions of famous paintings and old prints.
Muhe These volumes are histories in little of the places with which they deal, necessarily brief in detail, yet well planned to serve also as the best kind of guidebooks to the student of media. val history and art. Each volume has an index and several maps and plans.
Mr. Edmund H. Garrett has traveled neither to Moscow nor Florence,
From “Down South.' nor even to Paris, but simply along the South Shore of Massachusetts Bay—“The Pil- flying leap from the South Shore to Asia grim Shore," as he calls it in naming his Minor, from Scituate to Smyrna, so to book of rambling memoranda of pleasant speak; and instead of pursuing parish days and nights on that milder coast than registers or old furniture and china, chase the rocky “North Shore," whereof he the wild mountain one-horned goat of the wrote a year ago. His book is full of pic- Maimun Dagh, and then, leaping again tures, little and big, now squared well in half-way round the world with the sportsthe centre of the page, and again straying man-author, Mr. Frederick Courtney from corner to corner, or tucking them- Selous, shoot prong-horned antelope in selves modestly up in the margins-pic- the Rocky Mountains. The handsome tures which fit the text exactly and are volume includes notes of two hunting exlike so many remarques strewn through peditions, literally antipodal, and is illushis pleasant, low-keyed paragraphs (Little, trated with good photographs (Longmans, Brown & Co.). In “Sport and Travel, Green & Co.). A new edition of Victor East and West,” the reader may make a Tissot’s “Unknown Switzerland ”—what
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