V is for Villa

villa

A villa [is] a country residence, with land attached, a portion of which, surrounding the house, is laid out as pleasure-ground ; or, in other words, with a view to recreation and enjoyment, more than profit.

The text is from An Encyclopædia of Cottage, Farm, and Villa Architecture and Furniture, by J.C. Loudon (1846). Click here to read the book online, or download it free, from the Internet Archive.

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T is for Tent

tent

Our tent was pitched in a charming situation whence we had a splendid view of the lake and its environs. To the south and west stretched ranges of mountains covered with fine grass, their summits burned to crimson by the setting sun.

The text is from the book With the Tibetans in Tent and Temple, by Mrs. Susie Carson Rijnhart, M.D. (1901). Click here to read the book online, or download it free, from the Internet Archive.

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S is for Staircase

stairs

Les Jardies was a tiny box, having but three rooms in its two stories, which communicated by a ladder-like staircase outside. He had tried to improve the place by a partial rebuilding, and the stairs were forgotten until it was too late to put them inside.

The text is from The Stones of Paris in History and Letters, by Benjamin Ellis Martin and Charlotte M. Martin, (1906). Click here to read the book online, or download it free from the Internet Archive.

artwork by Joanne Stanbridge 2013