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Glass: A Short History Hardcover – 29 May 2012

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
An appetizer before the main course 14 July 2012
By LD - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book is excellent for a person curious about glass or one who wants to see examples of glass and techniques through the ages. Yes it's "A Short History" meaning there are details which will enlighten you but not everything there is to know about the piece. In this "let's show you what's out there" book you are exposed to many specialty styles, eras, and countries that are covered more extensively in other books.

Chapters cover Glass Before Glassblowing, Ancient Rome (more thorough than even the books I'm going to recommend), Europe pre- and post- Renaissance, Islamic and Eastern Asia, and America. Where there isn't a photo on the page, a full page photo will be on the adjacent page so you can see exactly what the text is discussing. The commentary is easy to follow and understand and the glasses, goblets, vases, etc are a feast for the eyes.

The photos are from the Corning Museum of Glass principally and the British Museum. So if you want to look at more of Corning's collection, you will enjoy "Masterpieces of Glass" (the books share a few of the same items). If you would like more Venetian style creations, then "Beyond Venice" is from the same collection and shows how other countries imitated the style but incorporated their own accents. These are large coffee table books.

Many like the elegance of European glass. There are two books that will provide hours of enjoyment from their commentary and hundreds of color photos: "European Glass from 1500-1800" which includes a lot of etched glass and "Sotheby's Encyclopedia of Glass" which begins its historical narrative in Medieval times. If you want the "WOW" factor of over-the-top beauty and detailed workmanship, "Miller's Collecting Glass" will introduce you to the world-class collector level and "Moser Artistic Glass Edition Two" will let you see what you can't afford but if you win the lottery.... You might have to be rich to buy "Enamels of the World 1700-2000" but you would have to be in the 1% to buy what is shown.
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Fine book 28 April 2013
By Mark W. Jeffries - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This 128-page book is informative to read and enjoyable to look at. The history of glassmaking from its earliest years to artistry in glass is very interesting. The book covers glass-shaping techniques before the discovery of glass-blowing. Glass artisans included painters and engravers, the latter more active after measures to harden glass were developed. Some glass was formulated to imitate precious stones such as chalcedony and opal. Cameo glass was a pinnacle of glass artistry. "Moorish Bathers" by Thomas Webb and Sons took eight years to complete. Hand presses for glass using a simple mold eventually allowed 100 glass tumblers per hour to be produced. Glass was important in society for such uses as kerosene lamps and glass stills. Photographs of glass objects created from antiquity to the present are stunningly presented. The astonishing "Lycurgus Cup" from 4th century Rome is shown, demonstrating its "dichroism," green when viewed with direct light, pinkish with transmitted light.
A good glossary is given. Thirty six books for further investigation are presented in the bibliography. Stained glass and industrial glass are generally not covered in Glass: A Short History. The titles of seven books that cover these topics are offered. There is a good index.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A good short history of glass 6 July 2013
By June C. Bashkin - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I wanted a history of glass and this was, in my opinion, a good, concise history. It also had the attraction of beautiful illustrations as a bonus.
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