The Winterthur Library is indeed a gem. It comprehensive collections on American decorative arts and British and European design sources are like no other. From the core holdings supplied by Henry Francis du Pont from his private library to the more than 87,000 volumes and 500,000 manuscripts and images that it encompasses today, this repository founded to further the field of material culture is a veritable treasure trove. This book includes essays and entries on the founding of the library and all aspects of its collections. From printed patterns of the 16th century to colonial revival design drawings of the 20th, the five centuries of books, drawings, and ephemera illustrated within represent the work of artisans, manufacturers, advertisers, and countless other hands through with the material surroundings of everyday lives have passed. Each highlights the ways in which library resources contribute to the stories of decorative arts objects.
• By Eleanor S. Thompson, et al.
• Paperback, 120 pages; 90 color illustrations, index