For anyone looking for information on the history of wallpaper--particularly from the viewpoint of the makers, sellers, and hangers--this volume may well be the solution. It features 16 chapters, ranging from "Rediscovering Wallpaper" to "Bringing the Backstory Forward." Accompanying these are a glossary and three appendixes. Full of anecdotal references introducing interesting characters who define the historical development of and improvements in the use of this decorative material, the book makes for refreshing reading. The focus is on the material culture, its use, and the people involved with it, rather than the surface design. Readers will see how wallpaper developed in Europe, particularly in France and England, and follow its interjection into the North American colonies. Although several dozen illustrations are included, most are historic in nature, and all are black and white. This volume is appropriate for all readership levels.
Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates through professionals; general readers.
-- R. P. Meden, Marymount University
(Reprinted with permission from Choice <http://www.cro3.org/>, copyright by the American Library Association.)
Barbara Opar, Architecture Librarian, Syracuse University Libraries
…wallpaper’s commercial development is traced via information about costs and examples of actual bills. Clear end notes, a glossary, and an extensive bibliography serve the serious wallpaper scholar well. It is this documentation and Kelly’s writing style which makes the title a worthwhile addition to the literature of the field…
...Kelly goes back to the roots of paperhanging, starting with the precursors to wallpaper in the seventeenth century and moving forward to the decorating styles found in the American colonies…a specialized book, to be sure, but suitable for academic and larger public libraries where there is interest in interior decoration.— Rebecca Vnuk
THEY LAUGHED WHEN I SAT DOWN TO READ ABOUT WALLPAPER!: "My wife kept laughing at me when she saw me reading this, but I kept reading because it was great…it is well written, engaging, and provides a fascinating insight into geography and history….."