Old Virginia Houses Along the Fall Line, Ex Libris Nancy Lancaster
[Ex Libris Nancy Lancaster with Her Ownership Signature] Farrar, Emmie Ferguson. Old Virginia Houses Along the Fall Line. First Edition. 1971. Book and dust jacket are both in very good minus condition. This copy is from the library of Nancy Lancaster. She has written “Lancaster, Little Haseley” on the flyleaf.
Though she will be forever associated with the English country-house look that she and her partner John Fowler popularized, Nancy Lancaster was by birth a Virginian, the daughter of one of the famous Langhorne sisters (who included Lady Astor and Irene Gibson). As such, this is a significant association copy. The book describes and illustrates historic Virginian homes such as George Washington’s Mount Vernon, Robert E. Lee’s childhood home, and the Custis-Lee Home (owned by Washington’s step-granddaughter and her husband, Robert E. Lee).
“The Fall Line is that point on a river where the falls begin, and beyond which ships cannot pass.”