New Book | Travel and the British Country House

Posted in books by Editor on October 20, 2017

From Oxford UP:

Jon Stobart, ed., Travel and the British Country House: Cultures, Critiques, and Consumption in the Long Eighteenth Century (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2017), 272 pages, ISBN: 978 15261 10329, $115.

Travel and the British Country House explores the ways in which travel by owners, visitors, and material objects shaped country houses during the long eighteenth century. It provides a richer and more nuanced understanding of this relationship and how it varied according to the identity of the traveller and the geography of their journeys. The essays explore how travel on the Grand Tour, and further afield, formed an inspiration to build or remodel houses and gardens, the importance of country house visiting in shaping taste amongst British and European elites, and the practical aspects of travel, including the expenditure involved. Suitable for a scholarly audience, including postgraduate and undergraduate students, but also accessible to the general reader, Travel and the British Country House offers a series of fascinating studies of the country house that serve to animate the country house with flows of people, goods and ideas.

Jon Stobart is Professor of History at Manchester Metropolitan University.


1  Introduction: Travel and the British Country House, Jon Stobart
2  From Rome to Stourhead and Thence to Rome Again: The Phenomenon of the Eighteenth-Century English Landscape Garden, John Harrison
3  Virtual Travel and Virtuous Objects: Chinoiserie and the Country House, Emile de Bruijn
4  Gentlemen Tourists in the Early Eighteenth Century: The Travel Journals of William Hanbury and John Scattergood, Rosie MacArthur
5  A Foreign Appreciation of English Country Houses and Castles: Dutch Travel Accounts on Proto Museums Visited en Route, 1683–1855, Hanneke Ronnes and Renske Koster
6  ‘Worth Viewing by Travellers’: Arthur Young and Country House Picture Collections in the Late Eighteenth Century, Jocelyn Anderson
7  ‘Enjoying Country Life to the Full—Only the English Know How To Do That!’: Appreciation of the British Country House by Hungarian Aristocratic Travellers, Kristof Fatsar
8  Magnificent and Mundane: Transporting People and Goods to the Country House, c. 1730–1800, Jon Stobart
9  On the Road (and the Thames) with William Cavendish, 1st Earl of Devonshire 1597–1623, Peter Edwards
10  ‘No Lady Could Do This’: Navigating Gender and Collecting Objects in India and Scotland, c. 1810–50, Ellen Filor


Call for Manuscripts | Costume Society of America Book Series

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on October 20, 2017

Costume Society of America Book Series
Series Editor: Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell

The Costume Society of America book series has a new home at Kent State University Press. Inquiries and proposals for works on all subjects relating to the history and conservation of costume and adornment are welcome. Books chosen to be published range from scholarly to general interest and vary widely in format, from primarily textual to highly illustrated.

Although all titles must pass a rigorous review in terms of substance, not all must be scholarly. The Series also considers books that address or embrace a general readership. Titles in this category must be well written and focused on their specific subjects as well as carefully researched and substantiated, but they cannot become too deeply entrenched in theory or jargon for the average reader.

To request consideration of your proposed or completed manuscript, please send a query letter or brief prospectus to Series Editor Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell at kchrismancampbell@hotmail.com. Full details and a list of previous books in the series can be found here.

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