Almost as detailed as its subject, America's Doll House: The Miniature World of Faith Bradford by William L. Bird, Jr., curator at the Smithsonian Institution, is an account of one of the most popular exhibits at the National Museum of American History. Bradford was a Washington librarian who put together a collection of over 1300 miniatures that filled the home of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Doll and their ten children. A mix of tiny items that she had both collected and created, the home's furnishings were a reflection of the family's busy life and filled 23 rooms of a 5-story house. The book is a history of the house itself and a biography of its creator and includes photos that emphasize the detail of the work, inventories of the household goods and fabric samples used for the soft furnishings and linens. This book is a real treat for lovers of doll houses and miniatures, as well as anyone with an interest in interior design and sociology of the first half of the twentieth century.
Paperback, 128 pages. Princeton Architectural Press, 2010. $16.47 at Amazon.