London. John Murray. 1998; 2002. First editions. Cloth-bound hardbacks, dust jackets. xiv, 242; xii, 241 pages. 82 & 29 black and white illustrations. 225 x 145mm (8¾ x 5¾"). 1.1kg. 0719564832. English. Near fine, in near fine dust jackets.
'No Voice from the Hall, illustrated with photographs of the time, is an account of country houses in their death throes as the demolition men move in and the dealers circle like vultures, as mahogany staircases burn in the parks and rococo ceilings shatter beneath the hammer.' (from the blurb).
The two volumes of memoir by John Harris capturing the romantic-tragic world of England's lost houses and his career as an architectural historian. No Voice from the Hall covers the post-War years, when Harris travelled around the country visiting over 200 country homes, all of which were on the cusp of dereliction and decay. Echoing Voices continues this journey but stretches to Europe and America and includes a cast of supporting characters including James Lees-Milne, Nikolaus Pevsner, Paul Mellon and Basil Spence.