I finally tracked down a book I have wanted for a very long time - it is about a dollshouse city from the turn of the eighteenth century, created by a German princess as a hobby. The town is housed in a museum in Arnstadt, and although their website (and book) are only in German, the images speak for themselves...
The Music Room
A Street Scene
The period detail is atonishing, and is an important indicator of what daily life was like at that time. I hope one day to go to the museum and see it for real!
PS - I do not own the copyright for these images.