Burghley: The Life of a Great House by Victoria Leatham

Burghley: The Life of a Great House by Victoria Leatham lands on the shelves of my shop, where it will be found in my Architecture section.

Herbert Press, 1992, Hardback in dust wrapper.

Contains: Black & white photographs; Facsimiles; Colour photographs; Frontispiece;

From the cover: Burghley is one of the proudest of Britains stately homes and the greatest surviving house of the Elizabethan age. Built by William Cecil, the first Lord Burghley, Elizabeth Is shrewd and powerful Lord Treasurer and principal advisor for most of her reign, it remains externally almost exactly as he left it nearly 400 years ago. Inside, its many beautiful rooms are exceptionally rich with furniture, paintings, tapestries, ceramics, silver and other treasures collected on their travels by later generations of Cecils, who became Earls and Marquesses of Exeter. Unusually, original 17th- and 18th-century inventories exist of much of the contents, which list when an item was acquired, how, by whom, for how much and sometimes for what specific social purpose, which gives important clues as to how life was lived in particular rooms in earlier times. Today Burghley is still in use as a family home, though open to the public and a centre for big events such as the annual Burghley Horse Trials.

Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Price Clipped.

Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 240 pages. Index. 10″ x 7½”.


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