Thomas Jefferson's Monticello

Thomas Jefferson's Monticello

by William L. Beiswanger
     
 

Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's mountaintop home in Charlottesville, Virginia, has attracted public attention ever since Jefferson's own day, when sightseers regularly visited the grounds in the hope of catching a glimpse of the former president. In our own day, Monticello has been added to the United Nation' list of World Heritage Sites that must be protected at

See more details below

Overview

Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's mountaintop home in Charlottesville, Virginia, has attracted public attention ever since Jefferson's own day, when sightseers regularly visited the grounds in the hope of catching a glimpse of the former president. In our own day, Monticello has been added to the United Nation' list of World Heritage Sites that must be protected at all costs, designating the house and grounds as an international treasure.

Thomas Jefferson's Monticello is a collection of essays and color photography showcasing this extraordinary American home. Featuring essays written by scholars at Monticello, chapters focus on all aspects of the house and plantation. Monticello, a model of elegance and symmetry, was designed by Jefferson himself, whose architectural prowess prompted a visitor in 1782 to note: "Mr. Jefferson is the first American who has consulted the Fine Arts to know how he should shelter himself from the weather." Inside, Jefferson assembled a world-class collection of objects and furnishings: art and porcelain from France, scientific instruments from England, the finest American furniture from Philadelphia and New York, natural artifacts brought back from the West, as well as furnishings made in Monticello's own joinery by enslaved craftsmen. Surrounding the house, Monticello's celebrated gardens and grounds form an experimental yet breathtakingly lovely landscape of flowers, fruits, and vegetables from the Old and New Worlds. A final chapter on the plantation and the enslaved community at Monticello provides a context in which to place and understand the house and its owner.

With an introductory essay by Wendell Garrett, this compilation is a comprehensive, long-awaited study of Thomas Jefferson's "little mountain."

University of Virginia Press

Read More

Editorial Reviews

Southern Living
This book takes us on a photographic and textual adventure into the spirit of Monticello and its architect, Thomas Jefferson.
Los Angeles Times
This is a rare coffee-table book, not only handsome but full of worthwhile text and insights into the life and thinking of Jefferson as president, architect and Renaissance man.
Richmond Times-Dispatch
Many books have been devoted to Monticello; this stands with the best.
Garry Wills
This beautiful book captures the home's aesthetic appeal, and the experts writing the text bring new information on the way Jefferson lived, studied, and created there.
Los Angeles Times
This is a rare coffee-table book, not only handsome but full of worthwhile text and insights into the life and thinking of Jefferson as president, architect and Renaissance man. Along with excellent photographs of Monticello's interiors and gardens, the book explains the contemporaneous influences that shaped Jefferson's design and use of the house.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781882886180
Publisher:
Jefferson, Thomas Memorial Foundation, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/24/2002
Series:
Distributed by UNC Press for the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
268,886
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >