Life in Miniature
A History of Dolls’ Houses
by Nicola Lisle
When I was young, I always wanted a doll house although that dream was not realized. I did enjoy seeing a number of doll houses in museums and was always intrigued by the houses and their small furnishings. When my kids were young, there was a wonderful doll house store near where I worked and we loved going there.
So, based on all of that, I was excited to see this title on dollhouses. It is clear that the author loves her subject.
This title takes an academic, but by no means dry, approach providing a great deal of history starting from the earliest houses in the sixteenth century when they were not children’s playthings. That you will learn began more around Victorian times. Just a few of the intriguing chapter headings include Ann Sharp’s Baby House, Dolls’ Houses in Literature and Miniatures Move Outside: Model Towns and Villages. There are, additionally, an appendices; on includes places to visit while the other is offers suggestions for further reading.
This book is full of information and includes some lovely illustrations. The audience that this book was written for should very much enjoy this title.
Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher. All opinions are my own.