London. John Murray. 1998. First edition, third impression. Cloth-bound hardback, dust jacket. xiv, 242 pages. 82 black and white illustrations. 225 x 145mm (8¾ x 5¾"). 0.6kg. 0719555671. English. Near fine, in near fine dust jacket.
'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).
A charming memoir from architectural historian John Harris capturing the romantic-tragic world of England's lost houses. In the post-War years Harris travelled around the country visiting over 200 country homes, all of which were on the cusp of dereliction and decay. The author's personal anecdotes and private memories bring these buildings back to life. Harris was a curator of the influential Destruction of the Country House exhibition in 1974.