Hardcover: 128 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books (May 29, 2012)
Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.7 x 10 inches
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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.
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