This beautiful volume explores eight European estates that, despite war, taxes, and the passage of time, have remained in the same families for centuries. The photographs are redolent in atmosphere and the text is revealing, due to the author's long friendships with the owners of these great houses. Offering an inside view of a highly refined way ...Read MoreThis beautiful volume explores eight European estates that, despite war, taxes, and the passage of time, have remained in the same families for centuries. The photographs are redolent in atmosphere and the text is revealing, due to the author's long friendships with the owners of these great houses. Offering an inside view of a highly refined way of life, Private Splendor reveals the secrets that kept these homes in private hands. The houses include Seville's Casa de Pilatos, owned by Spain's most illustrious grandee; Harewood House in Yorkshire, owned by a cousin of Queen Elizabeth; Germany's Schloss Regensburg, occupied by the flamboyant Princess Gloria von Thurn and Taxis; and the Palazzo Sachetti near Vatican City, whose enormous Sala dei Mapi is entirely frescoed by Francesco Salviati (15101563)."Read Less
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VG+ in VG jacket. Black boards with gold spine lettering. Red, color-illus. dj with white lettering. 207 pp. with color photographs throughout. Discover 8 historic, stunning houses in this volume, all that have stood the test of time, as have the families who own them. Includes the Kasteel de Haar near Utrecht, the Casa de Pilatos in Spain, Harewood House in Yorkshire, Chateau de Haroue in Lorraine, Palazzo Gangi in Palermo, Palazzo Sacchetti in Roma, Schloss St. Emmeram in Regensburg, and the Palacio de Fronteira near Lisbon. With stunning photographs, both interior and exterior, and essays of the histories of the houses, families and renowned visitors to each home. "This book offers the inside view of an increasinlgy rare and exquisitely refined way of life."
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