Catalogue #299

 

A Selection of Period & Modern
Books and Other Works on
Glass & Glassmaking

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PART ONE:
THE GLASS TRADE,
GLASS MANUFACTURE,
AND HISTORY

 

1. Ashdown, Charles Henry. History of the Worshipful Company of Glaziers of the City of London, otherwise the Company of Glaziers and Painters of Glass. London; Blades, East and Blades: (1919). The origin and rise of the Glaziers Company and the art of glass painting in England, descriptions of the charters and deeds, regalia, arms, masters, and the Minute Book from 1697 to 1919. Hardcover, 6 plates and 2 maps, folding copy of a document showing "Prices for Glazier's Work" in 1818; some light soil; covers somewhat rubbed. Inscribed "To Ben Gillett Esq. MP. From Geo Paget Walford, past master of the Glaziers Company 27 Nov 1922". [08589] $250.00

 

2. Bolas, Thomas. Glass Blowing and Glass Working for Amateurs, Experimentalists, and Technicians. New York; Truslove & Comba: [1898]. "Based upon a course of lecture-demonstrations given under the auspices of the Technical Education Committee of the Middlesex County Council". The contents include a history of glass-making, and a number of chapters on glass blowing techniques and tools, and blowing various types of objects, including a chapter titled "glass work in miniature as a decorative pastime". Hardcover. 5"x7", 212 pages, color frontispiece and 104 line illustrations in the text; publisher's grey cloth with black decorative title; text pages a bit toned and edging toward brittleness. [30337] $100.00

 

“Glass cutter, Glazier, and
Stained Glass-Maker to the King of Scotland”

3. Cooper, William. The Crown Glass Cutter and Glazier’s Manual. Edinburgh; Oliver & Boyd and Simpkin, Marshall & Co.: 1835. William Cooper was “Glass cutter, Glazier, and Stained Glass-Maker in Ordinary to the King of Scotland”. This is a compact and comprehensive guide to the manufacture, cutting and glazing of glass windows, with much material on fancy work and stained glass. The 6 plates which illustrate window designs here are mostly devoted to Medieval and Gothic Revival styles; the importance of fancy leaded panes and stained glass to that style of architecture must have assured constant demand for such work, and hence a demand for instructional books such as this. The contents begin with a history of glass and description of the process of manufacturing crown glass, and then go on to crown glass cutting, packing glass, glazing windows (including “hot house glazing”), cutting diamonds, and stained & painted glass. The frontispiece shows the interior of a crown glass house, with the blowers at work, and the decorated title page illustrates the cone-like exterior of a crown glass house, with smoke billowing out the top. Hardcover. 5”x8”, x [ii] 125 pages, plus 19 engraved plates (several folding) and an illustrated title page; several line illustrations in the text; errata slip; publisher’s brown cloth with paper cover label; covers somewhat soiled, worn at tips; frontispiece and decorated title page a bit browned and with light spotting, rest of text and plates clean. Neatly rebacked, with new endpapers. [30842] $875.00

 

4. The Cyclopaedia of Practical Receipts in all the Useful and Domestic Arts: being a compendious Book of Reference for the Manufacturer, Tradesman, and Amateur. By a Practical Chemist. London; John Churchill: 1841. [author- Arnold James Cooley]. A "practical receipt" book aimed at tradesmen and merchants, among others. The author notes in his preface that most similar works have been marred by inaccuracies or the use of costly ingredients, deficiencies he has tried to remedy. The result is a fascinating compendium, a vivid snapshot of what merchants and traders were up to in the mid 19th century. The receipts range from ghastly (English gin is made using malt, salt and turpentine, the flavor varied by using more or less turpentine) to the truly practical, if flashy (to break glass, dip a worsted thread in whatever turpentine is left over from the gin, tie it around the break point of the glass, and set it on fire -then dowse with cold water). The reader learns to make ice with spring water and refined nitre; to make "cheap fuel" bricks with coal, sawdust, sand, marl and tar; to make fake garnets with manganese oxide, purple of cassius, glass of antimony and paste; to gild glass and paper, make furniture oils, varnish and glue, make nutmeg lozenges, waxed paper, and Roman candles. If it's not here, chances are it couldn't be done. A later edition was published in America (1846); Cooley wrote several other versions of the book, but this first edition is uncommon, with 5 OCLC listings. Hardcover. 5"x8", vi + 281 pages; publisher's brown embossed cloth with gilt titles; covers lightly soiled and worn; stain on endpaper corner; light internal soil. Overall a nice copy. [30752] $150.00

 

5. Dayton, John E. The Discovery of Glass. Experiments in the Smelting of Rich, Dry Silver Ores, and the Reproduction of Bronze Age-type Cobalt Blue Glass as a Slag. Cambridge; Peabody Museum of Archeology and Ethnology, Bulletin 41: 1993. Softcover. 8"x10.5", 47 pages, b/w illustrations, plus 8 color plates; fine condition. [09946] $25.00

 

6. Duncan, George Sang. Bibliography of Glass (From the earliest records to 1940). Dawsons of Pall Mall for the Society of Glass Technology: 1960. The massive, definitive, standard bibliography of glass books, with upwards of 20,000 entries. This was the result of 40 years of research and then another 12 years of editing after the author's death. An essential tool for the glass researcher and enthusiast. Hardcover. 8"x10.5", 544 pages, dj; a superlatively fine, unblemished copy in a superlatively fine unblemished (a real trick) dust jacket. [30383] $375.00

 

7. Eisen, Gustavus A. (& Fahim Kouchakji). Glass, Its Origin, History, Chronology, Technic and Classification to the Sixteenth Century. New York; William Edwin Rudge: 1927. Edition limited to 500 sets. A monumental and important study of ancient glass, focusing primarily on glass of the Roman period up to about the Fifth Century, although developments from the 6th-16th Centuries are also discussed and outlined. Eisen studied examples from numerous private and public collections, but his most important source was the collection of Mrs. W.H. Moore of New York, on which he based a large part of the work. Gustavus Eisen was a profoundly inquisitive, inexhaustible antiquary, an immigrant from Sweden who founded a vineyard in California. He was sent to Guatemala by Phoebe Hearst to form the world's largest and best-documented collection of 19th century Guatemalan textiles; he authored one of the most authoritative studies of portraits of George Washington; he injected himself into the controversy and research involving the Holy Grail and Shroud of Turin and wrote a monograph on the controversial Great Chalice of Antioch. And, as we present here, he authored one of the cornerstone studies of ancient glass. Is "impressive" the word I am looking for? Why yes, I believe it is... Hardcover. 2 volumes, 7.5"x10", 768 pages, 10 color and 188 b/w plates, 284 line figures in the text; slipcased. Books fine; glassine somewhat worn, case somewhat worn. [05469] $400.00

 

8. Engle, Anita (ed.). Readings in Glass History. Volume 1-8. Jerusalem; Phoenix Publications: 1973-77. These volumes include many articles on ancient mideastern glass and glass archeology, as well as some on 17th and 18th century European glassmakers and techniques. Softcovers. 8 volumes. 6.5"x9.5", 80-140 pages each, b/w and line illustrations; ex-institutional, with stamps on the covers and title pages; some light cover wear, but internally clean. [30805] $125.00

 

9. Feuchtwanger, Dr. Lewis. Soluble Glass and All Its Applications. New York; L. & J.W. Feuchtwanger: 1873. The third edition of Feuchtwanger's treatise, giving an updated and improved formula and removing extraneous material. "Soluble Glass" or silicate of soda, is still in wide commercial use today. In the 1870s it was being promoted "for rendering wood and timber fire and dry rot proof, silicifying stones, mortars, concrete and hydraulic lime, white washes, paints and cements, and to protect wooden shingles, pavements, railroad sleepers, etc.". In his first chapter Feuchtwanger notes (at some length) an article which promoted the idea that use of soluble glass in building might have prevented the recent Great Chicago Fire. Becoming difficult to find. Hardcover. 5"x7.5", 92 pages; covers with light rubbing and soil, spine head and base bumped. [30626] $150.00

 

10. Field, Kate. The Drama of Glass. Toledo; Libbey Glass Company: (1893). A charming promotional piece published by Libbey after the Chicago World's Fair. It includes a brief history of the development of glass, a description of Libbey's exhibition at the Fair, and the story of the glass dresses they made for the actress Georgia Cayvan and Princess Eulalia of Spain. Hardcover. 4.5"x6.5", 47 pages, b/w illustrations, decorated covers; light soil to the covers. [05671] $30.00

 

11. Fowler, James. On the Process of Decay in Glass, and, incidentally, on the Composition and Texture of Glass at different periods, and the History of its Manufacture. [Removed from] Archaeologia, Vol. XLVI. London; Society of Antiquaries: 1880. On the title page it is noted “Read November 30, 1876”. Duncan notes that this was also issued as a pamphlet in 1879; this is not that offprint, but the original article. James Fowler wrote widely on the subject and antique stained glass. Duncan 4388. Softcover. 8.5”x11”, pp.65-162, plus 2 colored plates; bound into modern red paper covers with a cloth tape spine, cover label; plates with a 19th century institutional blindstamp in the margin, else clean and nice. [30852] $100.00

 

12. [French Glass] Broadside- French Glass Warehouse -A. Claudet. London; ca. 1828-30. A broadsheet advertisement for round, oval and square glass "shades" (domes) imported by A. Claudet of No.89 High Holborn, London. "The only depot of the glass manufactories of Choisy le Roi, Near Paris". The broadsheet illustrates 9 domes of various shapes and sizes and has a price chart. Visually pleasing. 8"x10", light soil, several folds. [07387] $150.00

 

13. [German glass periodical] Glastechnische Berichte. Frankfurt am Main; Deutschen Glastechnischen Gesellschaft: 1927-1964. A German technical journal devoted to glass and glassmaking. The contents are basically devoted to current methods and developments, but there is also historical material. Includes- Volume 5 (1927/28); Volume 6 (1928/29); Volume 7 (1929/30); Volume 8 (1930); Volume 13 (1935); Volume 14 (1936); Volume 15 (1937); Volume 16 (1938); Volume 17 (1939); Volume 18 (1940); Volume 36 (1963); Volume 37 (1964). 12 volumes. 7"x10" and 8.5"x11", about 600-700 pages each, b&w illustrations; bound in patterned hardcovers; ex-company library; several volumes either shaken or coming out of their covers, but all covers are present and most everything is clean. [28328] $350.00

 

14. [Glass Patents] Patents for Inventions. Abridgements of Specifications. Class 56 - Glass. A.D. 1855-1866; 1867-76; 1877-83; 1884-88; 1889-92; 1893-96; 1897-1900. London; HMSO: 1894-1905. A fascinating compendium of patent summaries, many illustrated. Manufacturing techniques make up the majority of the patents, but there are also entries for types of decoration, ways to apply decoration, and so on. There is a good amount of material about bottle production as well. Hardcover, 7 issues bound as one in black cloth with gilt spine title; 349 pages, line illustrations; light cover wear. A bright, tight, clean ex-institutional copy with few marks. [30841] $250.00

 

15. [Glass-Sellers] Ramsey, William. The Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers of London. London; Printed for the Glass Sellers Company by Thomas Connor: 1898. The Glass-Sellers Company was founded under Charles II "for the better reforming and suppressing the falsities and deceits now commonly used and practiced in the wards and manufactures belonging to the trades of glass sellers and looking-glass makers". The Glass-Sellers sold drinking and table glass, as well as bottles, and stoneware goods, and were allowed to make looking glasses. This early history includes a history of the glass trade in early England, papers relating to glass-sellers, and the Bylaws of the Company. An early, most pleasing, and scarce history of the glass trade in England. OCLC locates 15 copies. Hardcover. 6"x9", 152+ pages, b/w and line illustrations; [07239] $375.00

 

16. [Glass-Sellers] Howard, Alexander L. The Worshipful Company of Glass-Sellers of London from its inception to the present day. London; Glass-Sellers' Company: (1940). The Glass-Sellers sold drinking and table glass, as well as bottles, and stoneware goods, and were allowed to make looking glasses. They were historically one of the "poor" companies of London, although this did not keep them from assembling some nice items of plate, which are illustrated here. This history of the Glass-Sellers Company provides an interesting and important history of the retailing of glassware in England since the 17th century. Hardcover. 6.5"x10", 152 + 3 pages; b/w illustrations, plus a folding plate and 14 b/w plates; light wear, but a nice copy. [07238] $250.00

 

17. Harrington, J.C. A Tryal of Glasse. The Story of Glassmaking at Jamestown. Richmond; The Dietz Press: 1980. 2nd prtg. Glassmaking in America began with a small glassworks at Jamestown in 1607. This booklet traces the history of that glassworks and its subsequent excavation, and also describes the glasshouses, tools and methods of glassworkers of the period. Softcover. 6"x9", 54 pages, line illustrations; light soil. [06597] $20.00

 

An Uncommon Catalog of a Leading Arts & Crafts Designer’s Work-

18. Heaton, [John] Aldam. A Record of Work. Being Illustrations of Printing, Stencilling and Painting, Stained Glass, Cabinet-Work and Marquetry, Embroidery, Woven fabrics and Other Decorative Works Designed and Executed by Aldam Heaton, With Notes by the Designer. London; Aldam Heaton; probably about 1890. J. Aldam Heaton [1830-1897] was a noted London designer and a leading member of the “Neo Classical Arts & Crafts Movement”. A member of William Morris’s circle, he was also a friend of Dante Gabriel Rosetti, who painted his wife. Most of his designs fall well within the style of the English Arts & Crafts movement, including his stained glass, wallpapers, textile designs, ceilings and friezes. When he designed furniture, though, he veered more toward the classic English 18th century.

            This book is in fact a trade catalog, with each item described and priced. The first 26 items are Arts & Crafts overmantels, ceilings and mantels, followed by a dozen wallpapers and carpets; there are then a half-dozen carved and decorated altar panels, wall pieces and such, followed by more than 30 stained glass window designs. The catalog is completed with marquetry panels, furniture, screens and several window draperies. A few years after the death of its’ founder, Aldam Heaton & Co. would go on to design much of the interior of the Titanic. This is an interesting association copy, with the small bookplate of “Maurice B. Adams - Chiswick”. Maurice B. Adams [1849-1933] was an eclectic English architect who lived in and helped promote Bedford Park, the pioneering London ‘garden suburb’. From 1872 to 1923 he was the editor of ‘Building News’. Uncommon- OCLC locates only 5 copies.

            Hardcover. 9”x11.5”, 6 pages of text plus 63 b/w plates, with figures numbered 1-90, plus 2 un-numbered plates of drapery; there is no item 22, but it appears never to have existed. An albumen print of a painted frieze, apparently by Heaton, is pasted to the back of plate 14; a cabinet photo of Heaton, with the inked note “J. Aldam Heaton B.1830 D.1897” is pasted inside the rear cover. Publisher’s elaborately decorated covers; covers worn, especially at the tips; upper tip bumped; the outer cloth covering the spine appears to have perished leaving the black inner cloth, which is stained; spine head and base chipped; rear cover creased; endpapers soiled, front hinge cracked but tight; light internal soil and a little browning. [30854] $650.00

 

THE Cornerstone of American Glass Literature-

19. Jarves, Deming. Reminiscences of Glass-making. Boston; Eastburn’s Press: 1854. The rare first edition of this famous book, which was reissued in an expanded, more available, edition in 1865. Deming Jarves [1790-1869] was one of the most important figures in the history of American glassmaking, the founder of the New England Glass Company, the Boston and Sandwich Glass Company, the Cape Cod Glass Company, and the Mount Washington Glass Works. He perfected the process of making mould-pressed glass, and invented the style known as “lacy pressed glass”, among other accomplishments. In his “Reminiscences” Jarves relates the history of the development of glass manufacture from early times in Europe and England, but the most interesting portion deals with the history of glass making in the United States of which he gives a lively account. Jarves originally published this material in his local newspaper, then collected it for book publication which appears to have mainly been distributed to friends. The 1854 edition of ‘Reminiscences’ is certainly one of the (if not the) most difficult American glass books to locate in the marketplace. Softcover. 5.5”x9.25”, 58 pages. Lacking the folding plate (we are including a copy of the reprint of the 1865 edition which has the illustrations). Original paper covers; covers stained, creased and soiled, spine professionally restored. In a new clamshell case. Almost impossible to locate in today’s marketplace in any condition. [30859] $2,500.00

 

20. Journal of Glass Studies. Volume 1. Corning Museum of Glass: 1959. The very first issue of this important annual compilation of scholarly glass-related papers. Softcover. 8x11, 135 pages, b/w illustrations; a nice copy. [09186] $65.00

21. Journal of Glass Studies. Volume XIV. Corning Museum of Glass: 1972. Articles on ancient glass and other topics, recent acquisitions, etc. Softcover. 8"x11", 187 pages, 2 color and many b/w illustrations; some wear. [09380] $50.00

22. Journal of Glass Studies. Volume XIX. Corning Museum of Glass: 1977. Includes articles on early blown glass, Roman unguent bottles, forgeries of ancient glass, Bosnian Medieval glass, Medieval glass from Utrecht, Chinese glass from 1650-1900, glass with American views, the Libbey cut glass exhibit at the 1904 World's Fair, and more. Softcover. 8"x10.5", 224 pages, b/w illustrations; light wear. [06295] $50.00

 

Includes a Folding Plate of
Empress Josephine’s Cut-Crystal Toilette Table-

23. Julia de Fontenelle, Jean Sebastian Eugene. Manual Complete du Verrier et du Fabricant de Glaces, Cristaux, Pierres Precieuses Factices, verres colores, yeux artificiels, etc. Paris; Roret, Librairie: 1829. A comprehensive handbook to glass manufacture, formulas and techniques, including material on paste stones and glass eyes. A valuable snapshot of the state of the glass industry during the opening phases of the Industrial Revolution and the explosion of decorative styles taking place in the early 19th century. The engraved plates illustrate glass furnaces, tools and machinery, and some finished articles, including a table which strongly resembles the magnificent cut-crystal 'Table de Toilette' owned by Empress Josephine, which was sold at the Thelma Chrysler Foy auction in 1959. Reissued in 1854 and 1900; OCLC locates 9 copies of this, the first edition. The author [1790-1842], was a chemist who wrote other technical handbooks, including one for jewelers and goldsmiths. Duncan 4322. Hardcover. 3.5"x5.5", 335 pages, plus 1 folding table and three folding engraved plates; bound in marbled boards with a black leather spine, gilt rules and title; covers with some wear and rubbing, contents with light browning and some scattered foxing; 3 tabs between the dedication page and Introduction; a nice copy. [07297] $500.00

 

24. Kenyon, G.H. The Glass Industry of the Weald. Leicester University Press:1967. The first comprehensive account of glassmaking in the Weald District of Sussex and Surrey into the 16th century. 7.5"x10", 231 pages, 22 b&w plates and numerous text illustrations, dj. From the Augustus Kelley purchase of the remainder of the stock and marked with their "reprint" sticker, but this is, in fact, the original printing. [19950] $50.00

 

25. [Lamps] M. David & Co. Commercial Glass and Lamp Works. Manufacturers of every description of Plain, Cut, Flint, Opal, and Coloured Glasses for Home and Export Trade. Lamps for India and Every Market in the World. London; no date, probably c.1880. Quite a nice catalog of Victorian lamp bases and glass shades in a wide variety of styles and types. Included are metal bases, including figurals, many with marble bases and some with ruby and other colored and cut glass decorations; there are also many Bohemian glass lamp bases with metal feet and fittings, and a number of etched or cut glass globular shades. Davis & Co. was established in 1800, and located at the London Docks. Softcover. 11”x8.5”, 20 pages, line illustrations; Original purple paper covers, folded once, and with a small, closed tear where something heavy and sharp was dropped on it that runs through the catalog -no paper loss, and can barely be noticed. Else a clean, nice copy. [30853] $375.00

 

26. Neri, Antonio L'Arte Vetraria distinta in libri sette... Milano; Giovanni Silvestri: 1817. First published in Florence in 1612. "Having regard to the influence of this book on future writers on the subject, especially upon those who sought to make glass by Venetian methods in England and elsewhere, it may without doubt be given the premier place as the most important work that has ever appeared on the preparation of glass" (Dillon). We know little of Antonio Neri (1576-1614), except that he was a Florentine priest and chemist who broke tradition by publishing the first printed book solely devoted to the art of the glassmaker. These arts were trade secrets, and you didn't fool around with trade secrets. The Venetians (for instance) guarded their own glassmaking formulas and techniques so jealously that they had announced a death penalty for any glassmaker who traveled abroad and shared them.

            In his "L'Arte Vetraria" Neri documented and described the formulas for glass derived from his own long association with the glassworks in Florence and Antwerp; Ferguson notes that he also worked at the Murano glasshouses. Neri began in Florence under the patronage of Antonio de Medici, to whom he formally dedicates this book in the usual florid style of the day. Neri later moved to Pisa and Antwerp, before returning to Florence around 1611. Neri's book was translated into English (1662), Latin (1668), German (1678), and Spanish (ca.1778). The book also became the basis for a number of later works. OCLC lists just 6 examples of this Milan 1817 edition.

            Softcover. 4"x6.5", xxiv + 279 + [i] pages. Issued as part of the Biblioteca scelta d'OpereItaliane series, and with the original orange paper covers with the seris title imprinted on the front cover and Neri's title imprinted on the spine. Covers soiled and somewhat worn, spine with large chip taking out the top third, but it is very pleasing that these fragile paper covers have survived at all; tips thumbed, some light internal spotting and soil. Despite the flaws, a very pleasing copy in its original state. [05318] $375.00

 

An Uncommon and Intriguing Edition of Neri’s Classic Work-

27. [Neri, Antonio] Neri’s Art of Glass; Translated by C.M. [Middle Hill Press] Typis Medio-Montanis, F. Crees: 1826. The present copy represents a new edition of Christopher Merret’s 1662 translation of Neri’s work, the first English translation. The text as issued here includes letters from Merret to Robert Boyle and the “Ingenuous Reader”, and a letter from Neri to Don Antonio Medici, dated January 6, 1611. The publisher, Sir Thomas Phillipps, became famous for amassing the largest collection of books and manuscripts in private hands in England, an assemblage it later took 100 years of auctions to disperse. He set up his Middle Hill Press to reprint important English works of particular interest, of which obviously he judged this one such. Although there is no limitation stated internally, Phillipps bibliographers guess that the edition was limited to 100 copies, of which this probably represents an unsold and unbound copy in the original blue paper covers. OCLC locates 4 copies. An uncommon and intriguing edition of this classic and important work. [Duncan 9299]. Softcover. 8.5”x13”, title page, viii + 33 + 1 pages; a set of loose, unbound sheets contained in a period dark blue paper folder. A little wear at the edges, small stab holes in the left margin, else very nice, neat and clean. [30858] $850.00

 

28. Pelletier, Pierre. Les Verriers dans le Lyonnais et le Forez. Paris; Chez l'auteur: 1887. An elegant an important history of glassmakers in the Lyon and Forez districts. The text covers journeymen glassmakers working before 1789, and then in the 19th century, in great detail. Both the author and his father, Mathias-Andre, who began this book, were glassmakers. The book itself is quite handsome, printed on heavy, creamy paper with wide margins, ruled page borders and elegant typography. Duncan 10014. Hardcover. 8"x11", xvi + 291 pages, portrait frontispiece; bound in handsome half-leather with marbled boards, raised bands, gilt title. Original softcovers bound in. A subscriber's copy, belonging to Gilbert Cuel, a noted French decorator and upholsterer. Light wear, but a nice copy. [07304] $750.00

 

29. [Plate Glass] Terms of Sale, Authorized by the Governor and Company of the Plate Glass Manufacturers. [London] C. Wood, Printer, Poppin’s Court, Fleet Street. No date. Ca.1810. A single letterpress sheet, specifying trade terms for “Town Customers” (London) and “Country Customers”. The main terms deal with the size of orders requiring cash payment, and those eligible for longer terms. The additional terms for Country Customers were that The Company would not guaranty the “safe arrival of any glass”, but would offer insurance at a rate of 5 percent within ten miles of London and ten per cent for all others. The Company at the time was located at “Albion Place, Blackfriars Bridge”. Single sheet. 7.75”x9.75”, letterpress printed on laid paper, watermarked T. Edmonds. Folded, and with a half-inch by quarter-inch ink stain in the upper portion which is mirrored on the lower portion; soil along on edge, lightly browned on the other edge, but otherwise clean and unworn. [30851] $150.00

 

30. [Porter, George Richardson] A Treatise on the Progressive Improvement and Present State of Manufacture of Porcelain and Glass. London; Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, and Green: 1832. A very early history of the ceramic and glass arts, with a third of the book devoted to ceramics and two-thirds to glass. According to Solon, the ceramics portion is largely based on the works of DeMilly, Brongniart and other French writers. It includes information on the history of potting, a description of clays, tools, firing and glazing, the manufacture of tobacco pipes, and porcelain manufacture in China. The portion of the book devoted to glass includes a history of the ancient development of glass, ingredients used in making glass, construction of furnaces, manufacture of flint glass, crown and broad glass, bottle glass, plate glass, artificial gems, making glass from bones, using blow pipes, forming lenses, colouring glass, staining and painting glass, cutting, engraving and etching glass, glass defects, gravity, and devitrification. This was published as part of the Rev. Dionysius Lardner’s ‘Cabinet Cyclopedia’ series. [Duncan 10345]. Hardcover. 4.5”x7”, decorative engraved title page, xiv + 334 pages, with 50 wood-engraved text figures; publisher’s red cloth with paper spine label. Covers faded about the edges, and with some wear; label a bit chipped and rather soiled. Contents with some scattered browning and a bit of soil. [30855] $150.00

 

31. Rorimer, James J. Ultra-Violet Rays and Their Use in the Examination of Works of Art. New York; Metropolitan Museum of Art: 1931. Edition limited to 1000 copies. In this important little study, James Rorimer, then an Assistant Curator and later the Director of the entire Museum, illustrates and explains how ultra-violet light can detect repairs, restorations, damage and fraud in a wide variety of antiques, including sculpture, ceramics, glass, paintings, textiles, manuscripts, ivories and many other antiquities. Softcover. 5.5"x8.5", xx + 61 pages, plus a color frontispiece and 47 plates, several in color; a fine copy. [30329] $60.00

 

32. Rush, James. The Ingenious Beilbys. London; Barrie & Jenkins: 1973. "William, Ralph, and Mary Beilby were among the greatest enamellers of glass ever known, possibly in the world; certainly in England. This book, the story of the Beilby family, their associates and the now famous glasses they made, is the result of painstaking research by a man who is himself a Newcastle glass manufacturer". A study of the lives and works of these famous 18th century enamellers of drinking and other glass, with beautiful color illustrations of many of their glasses. A joyful riot of glassware. Hardcover. 7.5"x10.5", 168 pages, 96 illustrations, mostly color, dj; light wear; jacket rather worn and very chipped along the top edge. [08610] $50.00

 

33. Sauzay, A. Wonders of Glass-Making in all Ages. New York; Charles Scribner & Company: 1870. From the Illustrated Library of Wonders series. An interesting study of glass from a technical and decorative point of view through history. With typical Victorian precision and exuberance the author roves far and wide, and the reader meets with such articles as soluble glass, glass pearls, frosted and spun glass, and the development of mirror and window glass, as well as much, much more. Hardcover. 5"x7", 325 pages, 63 wood engraved illustrations; covers somewhat worn, spine head damage. [08609] $100.00

 

34. Theophilus. Theophile, Pretre et Moine. Essai sur Divers Arts, publie par le Cte Charles de l'Escalopier et precede d'une Introduction, par J. Marie Guichard. Leipzig; Brockhaus & Avenarius: 1843. An early French edition of this important medieval treatise on the techniques of art, probably written during the 12th century by a German author. Theophilis is the standard work on Northern European painting methods and materials in much the same way Cennini is the authority on Italian materials and techniques of the period. In addition to painting, the text includes a long section on preparing colored glass for stained glass windows, as well as working with silver and gold for niello and other crafts. In this edition the Latin text occupies the upper half of each page, with the French translation in two columns in the lower half; there is a 16 page preliminary note in French by Count L'Escalopier, the Conservateur Honoraire de la Bibliotheque de l'Arsenal, and a 56 page introduction, also in French, by J. Marie Guichard. There is also an index, and a glossary of sorts. Hardcover. 8.5"x10.5", lxxii + 314 + 1 pages, with one lithographic plate of a manuscript printed in colors; period flower-embossed cloth with a gilt coat of arms on the front and back covers; period polished calf spine with gilt rules and title; small paper spine label; covers with a little rubbing, but overall a very nice, tight, clean copy with wide margins. [30342] $350.00

 

35. [Tyne] A History of the Trade and Manufactures of the Tyne, Wear, and Tees, comprising the papers prepared under the auspices of a committee of local industry, and read at the sectional meetings of the British Association, 1863. Newcastle-on-Tyne; M.&M.W. Lambert & London; E.&F.N. Spon: 1863. Includes reports on the manufacture of fire clay goods; glass (including plate, crown, flint, bottle and stained glass, and interesting details on problems with workmen); and earthenware. Also includes reports on iron, steel, coal, lead, aluminum, railways, ship building, chemicals, minerals & salts, paper and tanning. Hardcover. 6"x9", ix + 194 pages + 8 pages of advertisements; original red cloth with gilt cover title; covers somewhat soiled and worn, spine cloth missing entirely, and the hinges are wonky; internally a little soil and wear. [07300] $125.00

 

36. The Useful Arts and Manufactures of Great Britain. London; Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge: 1840s. The chapters of these books were evidently first published as separate booklets, and each has its own pagination. They provide a very detailed description of the various trades and manufactures, and are illustrated with many woodcuts. These two volumes appear to comprise the complete set of papers, and include- Glass; Pottery & Porcelain; Silk; Copper & Tin; Brass Buttons; Hats; Coal Gas; Iron; Various steel trades, including cutlery, cast iron, nails & screws, gun barrels, wire, needles and files & saws; Paper; Leather; Parchment; Glue; Sugar; and the textile trades including Cotton Yarn; Linen Yarn; Woollen Yarn; Woven Goods; Calico Printing; and Dyeing. 2 volumes. 4.5"x7", about 500 pages, hundreds of b/w illustrations; publisher's brown embossed cloth with gilt titles; covers a bit rubbed and soiled; top third of each blank endpaper excised; some light internal spotting, but very nice copies. [30751] $275.00

 

37. Vieil, Pierre le. L'Art de la Peinture sur Verre et de la Vitrerie. Paris; L.F. Delatour: 1774. A marvelously sweeping, folio-sized survey of the art of staining glass, written by the man who restored the stained glass windows in Notre-Dame. Le Viele (1708-1772) wrote several other works, including one on ancient mosaics, and one on the manufacture of pottery and porcelain. This text is prefaced by a short biography of Le Vieil, and an appreciation of his work by Grandjean de Fouchy, Secretary of the Royal Academy of Science. Duncan 14145. Hardcover. 11.5"x17.5", xiv + 245 pages, plus 13 engraved plates; bound in new marbled boards with a cloth spine; light wear, a little soil, but a nice copy. [07386] $1,450.00

 

38. Winbolt, S.E. Wealden Glass. The Surrey-Sussex Glass Industry (A.D. 1226-1615). Combridges, Hove: 1933. Limited to 500 copies. For four centuries, between 1200 and 1600, the Surrey-Sussex area was the chief glass-making area of England. With a large population of immigrant and refugee French artisans, settlers from Normandy and fleeing Huguenots, the area became a thriving glass-making center. The author spent years scouring local records, digging in farmers' fields, and amassing documentary and physical evidence of this now-vanished industry. This study also includes much material on the state of glass-making in this period, with period engravings and scale reconstructions. Hardcover. 7.5"x10", 85 pages, 60 b/w illustrations; green cloth with gilt titles; cover with some white spotting in an odd, abstract, oddly interesting pattern; else a nice copy. [06803] $250.00

 

 

PART TWO:
GLASS COLLECTING,
COLLECTIONS & COLLECTORS

 

39. American Silver and Pressed Glass. A Collection in the R.W. Norton Art Gallery. Shreveport; R.W. Norton Art Foundation: 1967. A catalog produced for the annual 'Holiday in Dixie' celebrations in Shreveport. The silver includes pieces made between 1695 and 1797 in Boston, New York and Philadelphia. The pressed glass is made up of examples of the Lion and Westward Ho pattern. Softcover. 8.5"x11", 68 pages, b/w illustrations; light wear. [09805] $50.00

 

40. Anthony, T. Robert. 19th Century Fairy Lamps. Manchester; Forword's Color Productions: 1969. A colorful survey of specimens from the author's collection. Fairy lamps were small, covered (usually) glass lamps designed to burn all night, using patented 8- or 11-hour "squatty" candles. They were often decorated or made with colored or art-type glass. As kerosene and other lamp oils became more widespread they declined in popularity. Comb-bound; 6"x9", 2 pages of text plus 18 color plates with facing descriptions; light soil. [09050] $50.00

 

41. Arwas, Victor. Glass. Art Nouveau to Art Deco. New York; Rizzoli: 1977. A major work, featuring biographies of many leading early 20th century glass designers and manufacturers. Beautifully illustrated. Hardcover. 9.5"x12", 256 pages, color and b/w illustrations, dj; light wear. [07772] $75.00

 

42. Avila, George C. The Pairpoint Glass Story. New Bedford; privately printed: 1968. 1st edition. A comprehensive, well illustrated history of the factory and wares, with many period photos and reproductions of catalog pages. All the periods are covered, from Mount Washington through the final Gunderson-Pairpoint phase. Hardcover. 7"x10", 238 pages, 227 illustrations, some in color, dj; a bookplate on the front endpaper leaves a slight wrinkle to several pages after it; jacket worn with some tears and chips; lower right corner of jacket chipped off. Signed. [30865] $125.00

 

43. Barrelet, James. Le Verre de Table au Moyen Age, d'apres les manuscrits a peinture - Table glass in the Middle Ages from the evidence of Illuminated Manuscripts [contained in] Cahiers de la Ceramique, du Verre, et des Arts du Feu. No.16. Sevres; Societe des Amis du Musee National de Ceramique: 1959. This issue of this prestigious and elegant periodical also features essays on; "Origins of French 18th century soft paste porcelain" [Origines de la Porcelaine tendre en France au XVIIIe siecle] by Henry-Pierre Fourest; and "Modern ceramics at the Faenza competition" [La Ceramique d'Art Moderne, italienne et europeene aux manifestations de Faenza] by Giuseppe Liverani. French text/English summaries. Softcover. 10"x12.5", 70+ pages, numerous b/w and 16 color illustrations, some tipped-in; light soil. [08691] $40.00

 

44. Bedford, John. Bristol and Other Coloured Glass. London; Cassell & Company: 1968. 3rd ptg. From the "Collector's Pieces" series. Chapters on opaque white wares, enamels, Michael Edkins, Bristol Blue, and other opaque and colored glass. Hardcover. 5"x7.5", 64 pages, many b/w and several color illustrations, dj; light jacket soil. [06019] $20.00

 

45. Belknap, E.M. Milk Glass. New York; Crown Publishers: 1972. 6th printing. This well illustrated book remains one of the most authoritative references to American milk glass. At the time he wrote it, Mr. Belknap owned the largest collection of milk glass in the country. Hardcover. 7"x10", 327+ pages, 4 color and 298 b/w plates; dj; a bright, crisp copy with an address stamp on bottom edge and front pastedown. [30867] $35.00

 

46. Bergstrom, Evangeline. Old Glass Paperweights -Their Art, Construction and Distinguishing Features. Chicago; Lakeside Press: 1940. The desirable original, privately-published edition of this classic text, one of the most popular general paperweight books, covering American, French and English paperweights. Not a book for advanced collectors, but then if you are an advanced collector you already knew that. This original printing features better photographs than the later Crown reprints. Hardcover. 6"x9", 132 pages, 20 color plates and 88 b/w illustrations; a bit shaken, tips slightly bumped, several pencil notes, but overall a very nice copy. [08021] $45.00

 

47. Blair, Dorothy. A History of Glass in Japan. Kodansha International and the Corning Museum of Glass: 1973. Japanese pottery and porcelain are both well documented with an entire library full of books, but what of Japanese glass? This is the definitive English reference to this fascinating and often-ignored subject, a wide-ranging, meticulously researched, pioneering study. The author surveys the art and craft of the Japanese glassmaker from ancient to modern times, including both material which was influenced by Western designs and pieces which are of undiddled Japanese design. Includes an extensive and exceptionally useful bibliography. Hardcover. 9"x11.5", 479 pages, 37 color and 203 b/w illustrations. [07781] $150.00

 

48. Boesen, Gudmund. Venetianske Glas Pa Rosenborg - Venetian Glass at Rosenborg Castle. Copenhagen; 1960. Edition limited to 1000 copies. A sumptuously illustrated catalog of the unique collection of Venetian glass brought back to Rosenborg Castle in 1709 by King Frederik IV. Venetian glass is not common in Danish collections of this period- most imported glass was of Germanic origin. Much of this glass represented gifts from the Venetian Senate, and is of the highest quality and inventiveness. Fabulous tableware is augmented by such unusual items as candelabra, glass fruits, and a glass knife, spoon and fork. The tri-lingual text includes a full English translation. A real treat for Venetian glass lovers. Hardcover. 8"x12", about 250 pages; color frontispiece, several b/w illustrations in the text, and 143 items illustrated in b/w. A fine copy in a fine dj. [30806] $300.00

 

49. Borowsky, Irvin J. (ed.). Artists Confronting the Inconceivable. Award Winning Glass Sculpture. Philadelphia; American Interfaith Institute: 1992. One of an edition of 400 numbered copies. An elegant book, filled with color plates, illustrating the work of glass artists from 28 countries who were asked to create work that expressed remembrance of Kristallnacht and the Holocaust. The pieces of glass they created range from the highly representational to the brutally direct, and often combine beauty and horror in surprising and moving ways. Hardcover. 9"x12", 133 pages, color illustrations, dj; a nice copy. [07780] $75.00

 

50. Byelorussian Glassmaker's Art. Minsk: 1978. A survey of glass by modern glass artists from this region. Although most of the text is in Cyrillic, the color photographs are beautiful, and there are plate captions and artist biographies in English. Hardcover. 8"x8", 162 pages, 145 color illustrations, dj. Light wear, a nice copy. [30381] $30.00

 

51. Charleston, R.J. Le verre blanc opaque anglais du XVIIIe siecle a decor polychrome - English opaque white glass of the 18th century [contained in] Cahiers de la Ceramique, du Verre, et des Arts du Feu. No.28. Sevres; Societe des Amis du Musee National de Ceramique: 1962. This issue of this prestigious and elegant periodical also features essays on "Grenoble earthenware of the 18th century" [Faiences de Grenoble au XVIIIe siecle] by Andree Lyon. French text/English summaries. Softcover. 10"x12.5", 50+ pages, numerous b/w and 6 tipped-in color illustrations; card covers. [08697] $40.00

 

52. Churchill, Arthur, Ltd. A Coronation Exhibition of Royal, Historical, Political and Social Glasses commemorating Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Events in English History. London; Arthur Churchill Ltd.: 1937. In the late 1930s the noted English glass specialists Arthur Churchill Ltd. found themselves holding "a more complete range of historical glass than it may ever possess again, and as this Coronation period appeared so suitable a time, it was resolved to exhibit it in its entirety". The glass is arranged here in chronological order, starting with a Restoration goblet of ca.1681 and ending with a George V Coronation wine glass. There is a running descriptive text and an illustration and discussion of each glass; this is a very special and unusual glass sale catalog. Hardcover. 9"x11.5", 42 pages of text plus 44 b/w plates, printed so that each page of text faces its illustrated plate; the larger clothbound edition; a fine copy with just a little minor internal soil. [09886] $250.00

 

53. Clarke, H.G. The Story of Old English Glass Pictures 1690-1810. London; Courier Press: 1928. This study deals with the pictures (usually portraits) transferred from an engraved printing plate onto a glass surface, and then colored or tinted by hand. Though not essentially practical commercially, this was an interesting 18th century blending of the talents of the glassmaker and engraver. Clarke presents a detailed account of the form as well as illustrating and describing over 140 examples in what remains, as far as I can tell, the only full-length monograph ever written on this subject. Hardcover. 9"x11", xix + 107 pages, plus a colored frontispiece of Lady Middleton looking debauched and 94 b/w plates; light soil, a little wear and cover rubbing; hinges just a little shaken. [08612] $400.00

 

54. Cloak, Evelyn Campbell. Glass Paperweights of the Bergstrom Art Center. New York; Crown Publishers: 1969. "Indisputably one of the most famous paperweight collections in the world -as well as probably the most truly representative one - is the magnificent collection of the late Evangeline H. Bergstrom... (here) the complete collection of glass paperweights and related items (is) reproduced in full color". 700 excessively fine antique paperweights are illustrated and described, with an introduction by Helen McKearin. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 196 pages, 700 color illustrations, dj; jacket with some wear and soil. [07080] $50.00

 

55. [Cup Plates] The Mary Gregory Antique Shop -List of Cup Plates with Marble's Numbers For Sale. Gardner, Mass., no date (1940s?). A set of mimeographed typescripts listing various antique cup plates. A curiosity for cup plate collectors. 4 sheets. 8.5"x9.75, light wear. [06783] $20.00

 

56. Daniel, Dorothy. Cut & Engraved Glass 1771-1905. The Collector's Guide to American Wares. New York; M. Barrows and Company: 1966, 7th printing. This was the first book on American cut glass, and it is still a respected text. Daniel covers early American wares produced prior to the Brilliant Period as well as the more popular and well-known glass of that "Golden Age" of cutting. Especially interesting is an appendix of known American glasshouses producing cut glass from 1771 onward. Hardcover. 6.5"x9.5", 441 pages, 165 b/w plates, including 2 plates of trademarks; dj. Jacket with some wear, a few chips. [30868] $45.00

 

57. Elville, E.M. The Collector's Dictionary of Glass. London; Country Life Ltd: 1961. One of the more useful, and certainly one of the most elegant, one-stop references to glass. From Absolon (William, a 19th century glass enameler) to Paul Ysart, you can either use this as a desk reference or just sit down and read it through. Well illustrated. An essential book for the glass enthusiast. 9"x12.5", 194 pages, color frontispiece and 275 b/w illustrations, dj. Jacket worn, with several repairs. The book has that light rippling which indicates that at some time in the past it came into contact with something not dry... this is not a serious problem for this copy, more of a lingering memory. [30869] $40.00

 

58. Elville, E.M. English & Irish Cut Glass 1750-1950. London; Country Life Ltd.:1953. A good basic guide to the development of English and Irish cut glass technology and styles. Nicely illustrated. Hardcover. 6.5"x10", 95 pages plus 62 b/w plates, dj. Light wear. [30870] $30.00

 

59. Field, Anne E. On the Trail of Stoddard Glass. Dublin; William L. Bauhan: 1975. A good general history of the attempts to make glass at Stoddard, New Hampshire, all of which ultimately failed because of high fuel costs, bad climate, a sand supply that could not be used for clear glass, and poor transportation. But they gave it a good try anyway, didn't they? Softcover. 5.5"x8.5", 110 pages, b/w illustrations; some light soil, page edges soiled. [09373] $40.00

 

60. [Fish Collection] Early American Glass...The Superb Collection Formed by Mrs. Frederick Fish. New York; Parke-Bernet: January 5-6th, 1940. Sale 159. An auction featuring magnificent early blown and blown-molded glass. Helen McKearin wrote a short introduction to the catalog where she begins by noting- "To many of the students and collectors of Early American glass the remarkable collection formed by Mrs. Frederick W. Fish is already well known and appreciated. It is without a doubt one of the outstanding collections in the country and one of the largest assemblages of the finest in American glass ever to be offered at public sale...". Softcover. 7"x10", 112 pages, 465 lots, numerous b/w illustrations; several cover tears, some soil and wear. [30717] $60.00

 

61. Fleming, Arnold. Scottish and Jacobite Glass. Glasgow; Jackson & Son: 1938. A careful and considered examination of the glass of Scotland, the first to be written on this rather neglected subject. Fleming traces the history of Scottish table, bottle, window and painted glass, and treats important cities and glass-making centers. Fleming was the former Director of the Royal Scottish Museum and the National Museum of Antiquities in Scotland, as well as an advisor to the Marquese Cantagalli, the owner of the Della Robbia pottery in Florence. He writes- "I have tried to avoid that dread thing -a tombstone biography of the intrepid, accomplished and inventive proprietors of our native glassworks. Their products bear witness to their considerable influence in the past. I have endeavoured to enliven my story with personal opinions and incidents regarding these men and their work. It has, therefore, been a joy for me to recall them. Scotland may well be proud of the high quality of the glass produced within her borders. It is a tale worth telling. Moreover, other countries have published volumes on the subject, so I felt the time was opportune for a Scot to do likewise". Hardcover. 9"x11", xv + 196 pages, plus 57 b/w plates, dj; light wear, jacket lightly worn. A very nice copy in the seldom-seen dust jacket. [05085] $175.00

 

62. Frothingham, Alice Wilson. Spanish Glass. New York; Thomas Yoseloff: 1964. A standard study, with an emphasis on the 16th-18th centuries. A Faber and Faber title. Alice Wilson Frothingham was the Curator of the Hispanic Society of America and the author of a number of books on Spanish and Hispanic decorative arts. Hardcover. 6.5"x10", 96 pages plus 4 color and 96 b/w plates, dj; a very nice copy. [30871] $45.00

 

63. Gardner, Paul V. The Glass of Frederick Carder. New York; Crown Publishers: 1971. The massive, standard reference on Carder and his work. Extensively illustrated, including reproductions of hundreds of old catalog and pattern book pages. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 373 pages, color and b/w illustrations, dj; a very nice copy. [06263] $100.00

 

64. Goodell, Donald. The American Bottle Collector's Price Guide to Historical Flasks, Pontils, Bitters, Mineral Waters, Inks & Sodas. Rutland; Charles Tuttle: 1973. Obviously not any good as a price guide any more, but interesting from an historical standpoint, and I'm sure that bottle enthusiasts can find some use for this. It's a good listing of types of bottles, if nothing else. Hardcover. 5.25"x7.5", 144 pages, 36 b/w illustrations, dj; a nice copy in a very good jacket. [30872] $15.00

 

65. Hald, Arthur & Erik Wettergren. Simon Gate. Edward Hald. Stockholm; Norstedts: 1948. Simon Gate and Edward Hald were painters who were hired as designers by the Orrefors glass works in the 1916 and 1917 in an effort to modernize Orrefors designs. The experiment was wildly successful, and Gates, Wald and their colleagues vaulted Orrefors to the first rank of the modern glass manufactories. This heavily illustrated study chronicles the work of Hald and Gates through their first three decades of work. Hardcover. 8.5"x11.5", 175 pages, 8 color plates and many b/w illustrations; light cover soil. [07358] $250.00

 

66. [Harding Collection] Old Irish Glass. The Walter Harding Collection. Including old English & other pieces. Liverpool; privately published: 1925. An infamous collection within the small world of Irish glass collectors -though more through guilt by association than actual defect. Harding had been one of the best customers of Elizabeth Graydon Stannus, collector, glass factory owner, author of a well-known book on antique Irish glass, and antiques dealer.

            Unfortunately, Stannus has also been called "the greatest villain in the manipulation of the history of Irish Glass" (McConnell, Magazine Antiques, Sept.2004). In a talk in 1924 she seems to have obliquely admitted that she had produced some fake Irish glass using genuine old molds, and she was also thought to have "improved" some of her genuine old pieces with extra engraving and cutting. As if that was not enough to endear her to the hearts of local collectors, she also admitted to melting down pieces of antique Irish colored glass and using the metal to produce new pieces that would have the correct antique color. Such stories inevitably have endings, and this one came symbolically in 1936 when the Harding Collection was auctioned by Sotheby's for about 1/12th of what he had paid for it.

            The irony of that is that the collection is not known to have had an over-abundance of fakes, although in the auction, and in this earlier, private catalog, some of the date attributions are improbably early. Still, the collection was large and varied, and is presented elegantly, with most of the glass photographed against a black background. And if you are looking for a famous collection of Irish glass (for better or worse), this is it. Hardcover. 6.5"x10", 108 pages, many b/w plates. Covers rather soiled, a little soil to the endpapers. Inscribed by Harding to HJC Grierson, the noted Scottish literary scholar and critic who wrote books about Tennyson, Donne, Blake, Scott, Byron and Swinburne and edited the Oxford Book of 17th Century Verse. [08774] $275.00

 

67. Hartley, Julia Magee. Old American Glass: The Mills Collection at Texas Christian University. Forth Worth; Texas Christian University Press:1975. The shelf catalog, with thumbnail notes, of a private collection of 2000+ pieces of 19th century pattern glass (and some other Victorian glass) assembled in Lubbock by Flora Rupe Mills. Hardcover. 9"x9", 279 pages, 16 color and 22 b/w plates, dj. Light wear, a little soil. [08955] $35.00

 

68. Heath, Samuel, et al. Spain. A Heritage Rediscovered, 3000 BC - AD 711. New York; Ariadne Galleries: 1992. A beautifully produced catalog to a loan exhibition featuring early arts of the Iberian Peninsula in stone, bronze and gold. The objects include early carvings and tools, coins, cups, fibulae, bowls, equestrian fittings, and a variety of Visigothic bronze ornaments and fittings inlaid with colored glass, enamels and stones. The illustrations are large, well-lit, and beautifully reproduced. An elegant catalog. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 169 pages, color illustrations, dj; fine. [09415] $35.00

 

69. Heller, David. In Search of VOC Glass. Cape Town; Maskew Miller Limited: 1954. "VOC" was a monogram used in the 17th and 18th century by the Dutch East India Company. David Heller, an antiques dealer, kept running across fantastic antique 18th century glass with engraved VOC monograms and arms, but most of it just didn't seem quite "right". Heller's investigation showed that while there may be some genuine 18th century VOC glass out there, most of it, including some museum specimens, seemed to be "off", and moreover, much of it may have come from the same source... An interesting and informative tale of antiquarian sleuthing, and yet another example of collectors and dealers wanting to believe a bit too much in an otherwise somewhat improbable story... which is the factor on which fakers always rely. Hardcover. 7.5"x10", 103 pages plus 22 b/w plates, dj; light wear, jacket with light wear, but overall a very nice copy. [30797] $85.00

 

70. [Hollander Collection] Collector's Americana, the entire stock of the late David Hollander, Riverdale, NY. New York; Parke-Bernet Galleries: May 12-13th, 1961. Sale 2039. The auction sale of a very fine collection of American furniture, including pieces from the collections of George McKearin and Charles Woolsey Lyon; a most unusual ivory prisoner-of-war model of a guillotine; and fine glass, including some Irish glass from the Graydon-Stannus collection and many fine historical flasks, which, according to the Parke-Bernet newsletter, were from the McKearin Collection (though this is not noted in the catalog). Softcover. 6.5"x9.5", 91 pages, 471 lots, b/w illustrations. Light soil, binding crack in the middle (but tight) and a few pen notes. [30707] $25.00

 

71. Hughes, Therle & Bernard. English Painted Enamels. Spring Books: 1967. With examples drawn from the collections of Queen Mary and Mrs. Ionides, this survey presents a fine selection of 18th century enamels. A very popular, well illustrated book.Hardcover. 7.5"x10", 156 pages, 4 color plates and 83 b/w illustrations, extremities sunned; dj; jacket lightly worn. [05501] $40.00

 

72. Hunter, Frederick W. Stiegel Glass. Boston and New York; Houghton Mifflin Company: 1914. Edition limited to 420 signed copies. Although Hunter, along with his brother-in-law / collaborator J.B. Kerfoot, was overzealous in his attempts to attribute much too much glass to the Stiegel factory, his book nonetheless "set a standard of excellence for factory histories that seldom has been surpassed." (Kirk Nelson writing in Ames & Ward). Nelson continues- "Hunter's work remains the most comprehensive study of this celebrated eighteenth-century Pennsylvania glass manufactory. In the first two major sections Hunter provides a detailed biography of Henry William Stiegel and illuminates the account with information drawn from period documents. Typescripts of many of these documents are presented in the Appendix...the second section explores the materials, techniques and products of the Stiegel glasshouses."

            Hunter's style and presentation have also been widely praised; Helen McKearin notes in her preface to the Dover edition that "in all American glass literature, "Stiegel Glass" alone approaches belles letters." George McKearin once wrote "As a beginner in collecting American glass I pored for hours over the pages of this fascinating book." An important, well-written and researched study of American glassmaking, despite the fact that the actual pieces attributed to Stiegel too often turned out to be the products of other factories.

            Hardcover. 7.5"x10.5", 272 pages, 8 color plates and 159 b/w illustrations; publisher's yellow cloth with gilt titles and a blue & white pitcher on the cover; covers with moderate soil and some scuffing; spine darkened; with a warm Christmas inscription- "To my [illegible] friends and collectors Otto and Mildred, kindly accept this my maiden effort on American glass of the Pre-Revolutionary period. F.H. Hunter -Christmas 1915". [30802] $250.00

 

73. Jefferson, Josephine. Wheeling Glass. Mount Vernon; The Guide Publishing Co.: 1947. A study of the glass factories and workers of Wheeling, West Virginia. Hardcover. 6"x9", 86 pages, b/w and line illustrations, dj. Jacket with light wear; a small water stain at the lower inside corner affects the first few pages and results in a slight separation at the bottom of the title page. [03404] $50.00

 

74. Jokelson, Paul. Antique French Paperweights and related objects. no place: 1955. One of the earlier modern appreciations of fine French paperweights, written by a knowledgeable and lucid collector. Features paperweights by Baccarat, Clichy and St. Louis. The illustrations, though mostly monochrome, are very good. Hardcover. 6.5"x9.5", 254 pages, 8 color plates and 360 b/w illustrations; a very nice copy. [08182] $50.00

 

75. Jokelson, Paul. One Hundred of the most important Paperweights. (London; 1966). Edition limited to 2000 numbered copies. The author, one of the premier paperweight collectors of his day, and author of one of the key books on antique French paperweights, chose 100 of the best paperweights he could find from amongst 8,000 examples. There is a minimum of technical description (well, none, actually), but weights are grouped by factory or maker, and the large color plates are a visual feast of the best paperweights that paperweighters (a word?) ever created. Hardcover. 8"x9", 239 pages, 100 color plates, dj; jacket with light wear, a few minor dings and slight chips. [04967] $125.00

 

One of 500 Signed, Leatherbound Copies-

76. Jokelson, Paul. Sulphides. The Art of Cameo Incrustation. New York; Thomas Nelson: 1968. One of 500 numbered copies bound in pebbled leather and signed by Jokelson. Not only a study of paperweights, but all other types of antique glass featuring sulphide cameos, including decanters, pitchers, glasses, flasks, and so on. Jokelson covers English, French and general European production, and devotes sections to the most important manufacturers and their wares. A very nicely produced book. Hardcover. 7"x10", 159 pages, color & b/w illustrations, slipcased. Inscribed by Jokelson (in French) to George & Martha May, and with an enclosed card from Mrs. Jokelson to the Mays. [08157] $75.00

 

77. [Jokelson Collection] Important Paperweights from the Collection of Paul Jokelson, New York. New York; Sotheby's: December 2, 1983. Sale 5120. Noted paperweight authority Paul Jokelson collected paperweights for 60 years, but because he constantly upgraded his collection, selling lesser weights for better ones, he never had more than about 100 paperweights in the collection at any one time. These are the 71 specimens he ended up with. Hardcover. 9"x9.5", about 75 pages, 71 lots, all lots illustrated in color; dj. A nice copy. [09841] $50.00

 

78. Kamm, Minnie W. & Serry Wood. The Kamm-Wood Encyclopedia of Antique Pattern Glass. Watkins Glen; Century House: 1961. The Kamm-Wood pattern glass guides have achieved something of a cult status amongst pattern glass collectors. God knows why- frankly, my cat could draw better... but the information on each pattern is very useful, and one way or another pattern glass collectors must have a set. Hardcover. 6.5"x9", 656+ pages, line illustrations; light wear. The original, handsome gold-cloth binding. [05875] $75.00

 

79. [Kaynes-Klitz Collection] Important Chinese Snuff Bottles from the Kaynes-Klitz Collection, Part One [and] Part Two. Hong Kong; Sotheby's: November 16, 1989 [&] October 30, 1990. The auction catalogs to the sales of this superb collection of snuff bottles, assembled in Hong Kong in the 1960s. Michael Kaynes-Klitz founded a snuff bottle collector's society in Hong Kong which eventually became the international Snuff Bottle Society; he also edited the international society's journal. Softcover. 2 vols. 8"x10.5", 50 pages with 234 lots, and 50 pages with 240 lots; all lots illustrated in color; a nice set. [30700] $125.00

 

80. [Kny Glass] Fine English and Continental Glass. London; Christie's: February 6, 1967. Glass from the collections of Oliver Messel, K.C. Slater, Mrs. Ludwig Kny, and others. Lot 182 is a cameo glass plate with a nymph sitting on the moon, the work of Ludwig Kny, and from his widow's collection. Softcover. 6"x9.5", 38 pages plus 4 b/w plates; 182 lots; prices realized list stapled inside the front cover; a nice copy. [08444] $25.00

 

81. Kovacek. Paperweights. Vienna; Glass Gallery Michael Kovacek: 1987. A catalog of 185 paperweights in this dealer's exhibition. Includes sections on Baccarat, Clichy, Saint-Louis, 19th century 'Bohemian' weights, early 20th century 'Bohemian' weights, the history of paperweights, and how paperweights are made. In each manufacturer section there are large, clear color illustrations and detailed descriptions. Hardcover. 9"x9", 165 pages, color illustrations, dj; inserted price sheet; a nice copy. [30691] $100.00

 

82. Lagerberg, Ted & Vi. Emil J. Larson and Durand Glass. New Port Richey; Modern Photographers: 1967. The story of Emil Larson and his creations for Durand Glass, based on an exhibition mounted by the authors. Book 3 in the "Collectible Glass" series. Comb-bound. 9"x6", 16 color plates with facing descriptions; light wear, cover scratched. [09055] $65.00

 

83. Larsen, Alfred, et al. Dansk Glas 1825-1925. Copenhagen; Nyt Nordisk Forlag: 1979. 3rd ed. A very well illustrated study of 19th and early 20th century Danish glass. Co-authored by Peter Rusmoller and Mogens Schluter. Hardcover. 7"x10.5", 433 pages, 16 color and 551 b/w illustrations, dj; near fine. [07360] $150.00

 

84. Launert, Edmund. Scent & Scent Bottles. London; Barrie & Jenkins: 1974. A rose by any other name may smell as sweet, but when it comes to perfumes and scents you need something to put them in... This is a cornucopia of those fetching and comely 17th-19th century scent bottles which were made of glass, metal and ceramics. The text also briefly explores the history of perfume and scents. Beautifully illustrated. Hardcover. 8.5"x12", 176 pages, 200 color and b/w illustrations, dj. Jacket somewhat worn, but a nice copy. [30873] $65.00

 

85. Lee, Ruth Webb & James H. Rose. American Glass Cup Plates. The First Classified Check List and Historical Treatise on the Subject. Northborough; Ruth Webb Lee: 1948. 2nd edition. The hardcover edition of this classic and still-standard reference to these small, lacy-glass and pressed-glass objects. Hardcover. 6.5"x9.5", 445 pages, b/w illustrations; a very nice copy. [30684] $75.00

 

86. Lee, Ruth Webb. Antique Fakes & Reproductions. Wellesley Hills; Lee Publications: 1950/1966. 8th printing; revised edition. An invaluable guide to reproductions of early American and other antique glass which were being produced in Mexico and other places in the early decades of this century. Includes both blown and pressed glass, flasks, milk glass, bohemian glass, Sandwich-type glass and paperweights, as well as chapters on silver, ceramics, metalware, and mechanical banks. Kirk Nelson (in Ames & Ward) notes- "Lee's book provides an intelligent approach to the problem of fakes and reproductions and a record of specific pieces that will be even more deceptive now that they have aged half a century". Hardcover. 6"x9", 317 pages, 166 b/w plates, dj; a little wear, jacket with a small chip and a little soil, but a nice copy. [30519] $50.00

 

87. Lee, Ruth Webb. Nineteenth-Century Art Glass. New York; M. Barrows & Company: 1966. 8th printing. A pioneering title on 19th century "art" glass such as amberina, peachblow, Burmese, satin, spangled, agata, Lutz, Aurene, Quezal, Durand, iridescent, cameo, etc. Although there is an entire literature on the subject that has been published since this book, it is always interesting to go back to the first text; also, Lee was working at this time on a book about fakes and reproductions, and much material on this subject appears in this book as well... Hardcover. 5.5"x8.25", 128 pages, color frontispiece and 42 b/w plates, dj; a little wear, but a nice copy in a somewhat worn jacket with a 1" chip. [05134] $25.00

 

88. [Lightbown Collection] French Paperweights. Various Owners, including Mary Jane Lightbown. New York; Parke-Bernet Galleries: June 7th, 1967. Sale 2580. The auction included Baccarat, Clichy, St. Louis, modern sulphide weights, and more. Softcover. 6"x9", 20 pages, 93 lots, 27 weights illustrated in b/w; price list stapled to cover. [07028] $20.00

 

89. Lindsey, Bessie M. Lore of Our Land Pictured in Glass. Published by the author: 1948. A broad survey of pattern glass with historical American scenes and personages. Although the focus of the text is on the historical background rather than the glass itself, this remains an interesting and useful reference. Hardcover. 2 volumes. 6"x9", 537 pages, hundreds of b/w illustrations. A little light wear; bookplate; overall a very nice set. [30874] $100.00

 

90. Lippert, Catherine Beth. Greentown Glass. Indianapolis Museum of Art: 1975. An exhibition of the work of the Indiana Tumbler and Goblet Company of Greentown, Indiana, whose wares are simply called "Greentown Glass" by today's collectors. Lippert's essay touches not only on the history of the factory and commercial aspects of the enterprise, but also the artistic aspects of the company's commercial products. An uncommon catalog. Softcover. 7"x10", 43 pages, 85 b/w illustrations, b/w illustrations in the text; light wear, a little soil. [05887] $85.00

 

91. [Maba Collection] French Paperweights. Various Owners, including L. Maba. New York; Parke-Bernet Galleries: November 9th, 1966. Sale 2475. Features St. Louis, Clichy and Baccarat weights. Softcover. 6"x9", 33 pages, 158 lots, 48 weights illustrated in b/w; price list stapled to cover. [07029] $20.00

 

92. MacLaren, George. Nova Scotia Glass. Nova Scotia Museum, Occasional Paper No.4, Historical Series No.1. Revised edition, 1968. Pattern glass, bottles, lamps, shards, old photos of factories and historical notes. Softcover. 8.5"x11", 42 pages, many b/w illustrations. Near fine. [04614] $45.00

 

93. MacSwiggan, Amelia E. Fairy Lamps. Evening's Glow of Yesteryear. New York; Bonanza Books: 1962. The most comprehensive of the early books on fairy lamps. MacSwiggan was an assistant curator at the Essex Institute. Fairy lamps were small, covered (usually) glass lamps designed to burn all night, using patented 8- or 11-hour "squatty" candles. They were often decorated or made with colored or art-type glass. As kerosene and other lamp oils became more widespread they declined in popularity. Hardcover. 6"x9", 170 pages, b/w illustrations, dj; light wear. [09052] $25.00

 

94. [Mack Collection] Fine Chinese Snuff Bottles from the Gerry P. Mack Collection. South Kensington; Christie's: October 4, 1999. Sale 8552. The auction catalog of a noted collection of porcelain, glass, rock crystal, inside-painted, agate, amber, and jade snuff bottles, including many outstanding and rare specimens. Softcover. 8.5"x10.5", 85 pages, 194 lots, color illustrations; light soil. [30353] $35.00

 

95. Mackay, James. Glass Paperweights. New York; The Viking Press: 1973. A very popular general introduction to paperweights, with chapters on Venetian, Bohemian, French, Baccarat, St. Louis, Clichy, English, Scottish, American, European and Asian weights, as well as sulphides. Hardcover. 7.5"x10", 112 pages, color and b/w illustrations, dj; light wear. [09059] $25.00

 

96. [Maclay Collection] Early American Glass -The Maclay Collection. New York; Anderson Galleries:December 5-7th, 1935. 133 pages, 540 lots, numerous b&w illustrations [with] Early American Glass and Ceramics, The Collection of Alfred B Maclay. Parke-Bernet Galleries:March 23-25th, 1939. 141 pages, 550 lots, many b&w illustrations. The Maclay collection was one of the finest collections of American glass ever to be assembled privately. It included a great number of rare and unusual pieces of Stiegel and South Jersey glass and a fine selection of blown-molded glass in rare forms and colors. We offer the first two portions, dealing with table and other glass (the 3rd was a 1945 auction of bottles and flasks). 2 volumes bound as one, in handsome quarter leather with raised spine bands and elaborate gilt spine decorations. [16839] $300.00

 

97. [Maclay Collection] Early American Glass and Ceramics, Collection of Alfred B. Maclay. New York; Parke-Bernet: March 23-25th, 1939. Sale 100. The Maclay Collection was one of the finest collections of early American glass ever assembled privately. It included a great number of rare and unusual pieces, and rare forms and colors. The collection took several sales to disperse; this, the second portion, was the only sale to also feature American ceramics. Helen McKearin wrote an extended introductory essay for this catalog. Softcover. 7.5"x10", 141 pages, 550 lots, numerous b/w illustrations; slight wear and soil. [07037] $125.00

 

98. Manheim, Frank J. A Garland of Weights. Some Notes on Collecting Antique French Glass Paperweights for Those Who Don't. New York; Farrar, Straus and Giroux: 1967. An individualistic and engaging survey of the history of paperweights (specifically French paperweights of the late 19th and early 20th centuries) and the joys of collecting them. The author, a partner at Lehman Bros., was able to engage his passion for these beautiful objects, and here tried to explain to his bemused friends exactly why. Hardcover. 6"x9", 188 pages, 45 color plates, dj; jacket slightly worn. [30875] $45.00

 

99. Mariacher, G. Italian Blown Glass, from Ancient Rome to Venice. New York; McGraw Hill: 1960. A magnificent and colorful survey of Italian blown glass, with a good historical text which traces the development of Italian glass blowing and blown glass in Italy from ancient times through the end of the 18th century. The tipped-in color plates are spectacular. Hardcover. 10"x12", 239 pages, 85 tipped-in color plates and 59 b/w illustrations, dj. Light wear and a little soil; worn jacket with several taped tears and several chips (one large). [30876] $100.00

 

100. [McAlpine Collection] West Green House, Hartley Wintney, Hampshire. Part One. London; Sotheby's: May 17th, 1990. The auction sale of a carefully assembled collection of Alastair McAlpine. Of particular interest is the fine 18th century glass stemware, and an incredible collection of garden-related material, not only statuary and furniture, but tools and other implements dating back to the 18th century (231 lots worth). Softcover. 8"x10.5", 203 pages, 1,260 lots; b/w and color illustrations; light soil. [30776] $30.00

 

101. McCawley, Patricia K. Antique Glass Paperweights from France. London; Spink & Son Ltd.: 1968. A good, well-illustrated, general introduction to the major French factories and the types of antique paperweights they produced. Hardcover. 7.5"x10", 92 pages, 16 color and 16 b/w plates, line illustrations, dj. A nice copy. Signed. [30433] $65.00

 

102. McClinton, Katharine Morrison. Lalique for Collectors. New York; Charles Scribner's Sons: 1975. One of the first books about collecting Lalique, by a very popular antiques writer. McClinton provides a fairly comprehensive survey of Lalique and his work, from jewelry and glass vases to boxes and radiator caps. The book is heavily illustrated, with some catalog pages included. There are more recent, more comprehensive, books about Lalique, but Katherine McClinton was a widely recognized author on 19th and 20th century antiques, including landmark books on Art Deco and silver, and what you are really buying here is her insight into the subject. Hardcover. 7.5"x9.5", 152 pages, loaded with b/w and some color illustrations, dj. Jacket with light wear. [30877] $45.00

 

103. McConnell, Andy. The Decanter. An Illustrated History of Glass from 1650. Woodbridge; Antique Collectors' Club: 2004. I've always had a soft spot for decanters and collected a few myself, but I think even if I didn't I would love this book. It's simply gorgeous. It's big, it's heavy, it's loaded with pictures, not only photographs in stunning color, but many period woodcuts and other miscellaneous pictures of decanters in the 18th and 19th centuries. McConnell, who spent seven years on this book and illustrates 2,250 examples in it, leaves no stone untouched and no stopper stopped. If there is anything about English and European decanters and their history, makers, designs and lore that is not here, well... you won't miss it. There is also an extensive and valuable bibliography which includes a really extensive and valuable listing of periodical materials. A breathtaking book. Just don't drop it on your foot- it weighs about ten pounds. Hardcover. 9"x11", 575 pages, loaded with color and b/w illustrations, dj; bibliography. [90161] $89.50

 

104. Melvin, Jean S. American Glass Paperweights and Their Makers. New York; Thomas Nelson & Sons: 1967. An important study of 20th century paperweights and their makers. Melvin interviewed and profiled many 20th century glass artists and illustrated their works in 112 color and b/w photographs. Hardcover. 7"x10", 192 pages, color and b/w illustrations, dj, slipcase; near fine. [30879] $50.00

 

105. Meyer-Heisig, Erich. Der Nurnberger Glasschnitt des 17. Jahrhunderts. Nurnberg; Verlag Nurnberger Presse: 1963. An astounding study of 17th century engraved glass from Nurnberg, most of it artist attributed, with individual chapters on a number of known engravers and their work. The illustrations, photographs shot against mostly black backgrounds, are large, clear and brilliant. A joyous book for the lover of engraved glass. Hardcover. 9"x11.5", 227 pages, tipped-in frontispiece and 200+ b&w illustrations; dj; a fine copy in a very lightly worn dj. [30800] $125.00

 

106. Millard, S.T. Opaque Glass. Topeka; Central Press: 1941. 3rd edition. A pictorial survey of milk glass and related wares such as slag glass, custard glass, etc. "A book showing a major portion of Opaque glass in their various forms. A nomenclature is here promulgated with a view to making uniform the vast production of this type of glass". Hardcover. 6"x9", 3 pages of text plus 325 b/w illustrations with descriptions; light wear. [30881] $35.00

 

107. Moss, Hugh M. Chinese Snuff Bottles. A Magazine for the collector and student of Chinese Snuff-Bottles. Number Five. London: [1969]. The magazine expanded and revitalized its look in this issue, with more articles and color illustrations. Hardcover. 6"x9", 144 pages, color and b/w illustrations; light wear. [05689] $50.00

 

108. [NYHS] Important Paperweights, the Property of the New York Historical Society. New York; Sotheby's: January 18, 1995. Sale 6656. The dispersal of paperweights from the famed Sincair Collection. Softcover. 8.5"x10.5", 189 pages, 317 lots, color illustrations; auction results page glued to the endpaper; a nice copy. [09840] $50.00

 

109. Neuwirth, Waltraud. Glass 1905-1925. Volume II. From Art Nouveau to Art Deco. Wien; Selbstverlag Dr. Waltraud Neuwirth: 1987. Part of a series of books based on the 1985 exhibition "Glass 1905-1925" staged in Vienna. This volume concentrates on "bronzite" glass, glass with black and gold painting, and includes both illustrations of actual examples as well as many working designs from the hands of such artists as Josef Hoffman, Urban Janke, Arnold Nechansky, and others. Hardcover. 7"x9.5", 240 pages, color and b/w illustrations, dj; light wear. [05381] $100.00

 

110. Newman, Harold. An Illustrated Dictionary of Glass. New York; Thames & Hudson: 1977. "2,442 definitions of wares, materials, processes, and decorative styles, principal glass-makers, decorators and designers, from antiquity to the present". Hardcover. 7"x10", 351 pages, 17 color and 618 b/w illustrations, dj; light wear, jacket soil. [08200] $40.00

 

111. Padgett, Leonard E. Pairpoint Glass. Des Moines; Wallace Homestead: 1979. A comprehensive guide to this popular glassware and the factory that made it. "Profusely illustrated with company trademarks, old catalog pages, advertisements and beautiful color photographs. The text includes new information on Thomas J. Pairpoint, the Smith Brothers, Pairpoint silverplated wares and the diversified products of the National Pairpoint Company". Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 246 pages, hundreds of color and b/w illustrations, dj. Jacket with some wear and a few small chips; jacket wrinkled on the rear panel and a very, very light wave to the last few pages- not noticeable unless you look for it. [30882] $250.00

 

112. Pazaurek, Gustav E. Die Glasersammlung des Nordbohmischen Gewerbe-Museums in Reichenberg. Leipzig; Verlag von Karl W. Hiersemann: 1902. A spectacular, oversized portfolio of plates illustrating fine antique glass in the collection of the North Bohemia Industrial Museum, mainly of European engraved glasses from the Middle Ages through the early 19th century. Pazaurek was the Director of the Wurttembbergischen Landes-Gewerbemuseum and the author of many studies of antique European glass. Hardcover. 12.5"x17.5", 27 pages with 18 b/w illustrations in the text, plus 3 color and 37 b/w plates, loose in portfolio, as issued. Portfolio quite worn, but contents fine. [30398] $2,000.00

 

113. Pazaurek, Gustav E. Glaser der Empire und Biedermeierzeit. Leipzig; Verlag von Klinkhardt & Biermann: 1923. A profusely illustrated, scholarly (in German) study of Biedermeier/Empire-era glass and glassmakers. This study is illustrated with hundreds of photographs, reproductions of rare original pattern book pages, and 6 color plates. Hardcover. 7.5"x10.5", [iii] 412 pages, 6 color plates and 332 b/w illustrations; light cover soil and a little wear, slight fraying at tips; a very slight wrinkle on the top gutter, but a nice copy. [30382] $275.00

 

114. Pelliot, Marianne. Verres Anciens. Paris; Editions G. van Oest:1929. A beautifully produced survey of outstanding 18th century European engraved and enameled glass, some of it Russian, from private collections. Duncan notes: "Describes glasses hidden in private collections; notably those of G. Moser-Millot; Alexander Popov; Zolonitzky; Madame Wannieck; Madame Felix Lemaire and Madame Lucien Sauphar; also glasses in the Museum Pierre Stchoukine, Moscow". The text includes an essay on Russian glass. This is followed by the 48 plates, each of which is fully described. Hardcover. 10"x13", 153 pages plus 48 b/w plates. Original softcovers bound into a very handsome gilt-decorated quarter leather binding which is fairly new but done in an authentic 18th century style. A very handsome copy and binding. [16851] $550.00

115. as above, softcover. 10"x13", 153 pages plus 48 b/w plates. [16852] $400.00

 

116. [Perkins Collection] The Homer Perkins Collection of Glass Paperweights. New York; Christie's: September 23, 1998. Sale 8936. The fine collection of antique paperweights of a former President of the Paperweight Collector's Association. Softcover. 8"x10.5", 79 pages, 182 lots, color illustrations; slight wave; priced. [09842] $25.00

 

117. Polak, Ada. Glass -its tradition and its makers. New York; G.P. Putnam's Sons: 1975. The history of glass from the technical/social viewpoint -from ancient times through the 19th century. Very interesting for the glass enthusiast who wants to know more. 7"x10", 224 pages, many b&w illustrations, dj; a fine copy in a fine dj. [30111] $40.00

 

118. Rackham, Bernard. Catalogue of English Porcelain, Earthenware, Enamels and Glass collected by Charles Schrieber Esq. M.P. and The Lady Charlotte Elizabeth Schreiber. Volume 3- Enamels and Glass. London; Victoria and Albert Museum: 1928. The last volume in the three-volume catalog of porcelain, pottery and glass & enamels of the Lady Charlotte Schreiber Collection, and complete in-and-of itself. Actually, enamels form by far the main portion of this book, and most of them are Battersea, Bilston and Wednesbury; Liverpool, and foreign enamels are also represented. Hardcover. 7.5"x10", 102 pages, plus 48 b/w plates; light wear, but a nice copy. [08986] $75.00

 

119. Revi, Albert Christian. American Art Nouveau Glass. New York; Thomas Nelson: 1968. This study remains one of the definitive studies of American glass of the Art Nouveau era. It includes many reproductions of old catalog and pattern book pages. Albert Christian Revi wrote classic works on cut glass, art nouveau glass, 19th century glass, and pressed glass. His books are still widely respected and used today. Hardcover. 8"x11", 476 pages, color and b/w illustrations, dj; jacket with some soil. [30883] $75.00

 

120. Revi, Albert Christian. Nineteenth Century Glass. Its Genesis and Development. New York; Galahad Books: 1967. Revised edition. This is easily one of the most popular books on the stupendous variety of art glasses produced by Regency and Victorian glassmakers in England, Europe and America. A listing of the types covered would take up far too much space here. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 301 pages, packed with b/w illustrations, dj. A lightly worn copy in a somewhat worn jacket. [30884] $25.00

 

121. Revi, Albert C. American Pressed Glass and Figure Bottles. New York; Thomas Nelson & Sons: 1964. The Dean of American glass-book authors examines the 19th century American pressed glass industry, its factories, patterns, wares, etc. A very detailed and valuable reference work. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 446 pages, 100s of b/w and line illustrations, dj; a very nice copy. [30887] $50.00

 

122. Righter, Miriam. Iowa City Glass. Des Moines; Wallace-Homestead: 1966. A pioneering study of this short-lived (1880-1882) glass factory. Righter dug shards on the factory site and describes both the history of the factory as well as the pressed glass that was produced. Hardcover. 6"x9", 55 pages, 40 b/w illustrations; light soil, very minor spotting on the endpapers. [06851] $75.00

 

123. Saldern, Axel von. German Enameled Glass -The Edwin J. Beinecke Collection and Related Pieces. Corning Museum of Glass: 1965. The definitive reference work on German enameled glass of the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. An enormous and comprehensive study, profusely illustrated. Published by the Corning Museum of Glass as Publication 2 in their Monograph series. Hardcover. 9"x12", 474 pages, b/w illustrations, with several color plates; a nice copy. [08611] $200.00

 

124. [Schoen Collection] Exhibition of Chinese Snuff Bottles of the 17th and 18th Centuries from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Schoen, New York. New York; China Institute in America: 1952. The exhibition of a very fine collection. Pauline Simmons of the Metropolitan Museum wrote the catalog Foreword, and the catalog entries were written by Ralph Chait and Carl Dauterman. Softcover. 6"x9", 30 pages, b/w illustrations, light soil. [07656] $30.00

 

125. Schwartz, Marvin D. & Robert E. DiBartolomeo. (eds.). American Glass. Blown and Molded; Pressed and Cut. Princeton; The Pyne Press: 1974. A compilation of many fine articles from the pages of The Magazine Antiques. Authors include George and Helen McKearin, Rhea Mansfield Knittle, Paul Perrot, Lura Woodside Watkins, Homer Eaton Keyes, Ivor Noel Hume, Kenneth M. Wilson, Charles B. Gardner, Lowell Innes, Mabel Swan, Ruth Webb Lee, James H. Rose, and others. A cornucopia of fine glass learning... Hardcover. 2 vols. 8.5"x11", 221 + 215 pages, hundreds of b/w illustrations; near fine. [04615] $85.00

 

126. Smith, Levin J. White House Vinegar Book. Self-published: 1971. White House Vinegar was produced by the National Fruit Product Company through the 1930s in a series of distinctive bottles and other glass containers. A surprisingly scarce book. Softcover. 5.5"x8.5", 25 pages, b/w illustrations; light wear. [08307] $50.00

 

127. Spillman, Jane Shadel. The American Cut Glass Industry. T.G. Hawkes and his Competitors. Woodbridge; Antique Collectors Club, in association with the Corning Museum of Glass: 2001. 2nd prtg. All that glitters is not glass- or maybe it is. American cut glass of the "brilliant" period certainly glitters, and so does this book, based on a mass of newly unearthed documentary material concerning T.G. Hawkes and Company, one of America's leading cut-glass firms of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Glass expert Jane S. Spillman was able to use this evidence to write the first in-depth book about the business of American cut glass- the relationship between the company and its workers and its competitors, its dealings with silver manufacturers like Gorham and Tiffany, its special orders from the White House and for the Paris World's Fair of 1889, and much more. Spillman also deals with other firms, including Hoare, Sinclair and Eggington. Even if you already own books by Boggess, Daniel, Revi, Pearson and Weiner, you will find much new and interesting information here. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 320 pages, 80 color and 432 b/w illustrations, dj. New. [90176] $89.50

 

128. Spillman, Jane Shadel. European Glass Furnishings for Eastern Palaces. Corning Museum of Glass: 2006. "Written as a supplement to the Museum's major summer exhibition, 'Glass of the Maharajahs', this book explores the little-known era in glassmaking history when European glass manufacturers tailored one-of-a-kind and limited-production glass furniture to the tastes of the wealthy Indian elite. The very idea that a chair could glitter like a diamond, catch light like a colored gemstone, and still function as seating must have astounded those who first encountered glass furniture in the mid- to late-19th century. Some of the furniture and printed materials are drawn from The Corning Museum of Glass; others are borrowed from Indian palaces, private homes and archival collections." A fascinating catalog. The text begins by discussing the early 19th century glass furniture of Europe and Russia, and then moves on to India. Firms such as F.& C. Osler, Jonas Defries & Sons, Coalbourne Hill Glass Works, Baccarat and Elias Palme are all discussed at length. One of the most fascinating aspects of this book was the ability of the author to find modern photographs, period prints, and original factory designs for the same pieces of furniture and lighting. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 144 pages, 125 illustrations. New. [90217] $24.95

 

129. Spillman, Jane Shadel. White House Glassware. Two Centuries of Presidential Entertaining. White House Historical Association: 1989. A very well illustrated study of glassware used and ordered by the presidents over the last several centuries. Illustrated with modern photographs as well as period prints and paintings. Published in conjunction with the Corning Museum of Glass. Softcover. 8.5"x11", 148 pages, color and b/w illustrations; light wear, a nice copy. [30411] $35.00

 

130. St. Aubin, Louis O., Jr. Pairpoint Lamps. A Collector's Guide. New Bedford; privately published: 1974. Pairpoint lamp shades and bases. The lamps are divided into the categories: blown-outs; floral shades with glass bases; metal and glass shades; cut glass lamps; floral shades; unusuals; the scenics (early); and the scenics. Spiral bound. 11"x8.5", 50 pages, b/w illustrations; near fine; inscribed by the author. [06294] $50.00

 

131. Stannus, Mrs. Graydon. Old Irish Glass. New York; Frederick A. Stokes: nd (ca.1920). Well, Warren is obviously a more up-to-date book on Irish glass, and in fact a collector would be foolish to bypass Warren and buy this book first. However, once you have Warren, Mrs. Stannus' book provides an interesting view into the collecting of antique Irish glass for several reasons. Her informal, chatty style is pleasant to read, and she preserves many old anecdotes and recollections of collectors and glass workers that would otherwise have been lost. Her illutrations are drawn exclusively from private collections (including her own), many of which are no longer in existence, and all of which are identified.

            And if all that is not enough, consider that she has also been called "the greatest villain in the manipulation of the history of Irish Glass" (McConnell, Magazine Antiques, Sept.2004). Stannus did not only collect old glass- she operated a glass factory called Graystan in London and she owned an antique shop where she sold antique glass, and it appears she did not stop there... In a talk in 1924 she obliquely admitted that she had produced some fake Irish glass using genuine old molds, and she was also thought to have "improved" some of her genuine old pieces with extra engraving and cutting. As if that was not enough to endear her to the hearts of local collectors, she also admitted to melting down pieces of antique Irish colored glass and using the metal to produce new pieces that would have the correct antique color.

            Such stories inevitably have endings, and this one came symbolically in 1936 when the collection of one of her best customers, Walter Harding, was auctioned by Sotheby's for about 1/12th of what he had paid for it (and his collection is not even known to have contained too many fakes!). Stannus' book remains, in many ways, an essential addition to the library of any collector with a love for antique Iish glass. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 15 pages of text plus 60 b/w plates; pictorial covers. Covers with some wear, a little soil; from the reference library of Boston silver firm Shreve, Crump & Low, with their stamp on the endpaper. [06316] $125.00

 

132. [Steuben] Steuben Glass - Christmas, 1971. Corning; 1971. One of the fabulously elegant catalogs Steuben issued illustrating their glass in superb, artistic color photographs. Softcover. 8"x10", 79 pages, color plates; a near fine copy. [09054] $25.00

 

133. Stromberg, Edv., et al. Modernt Svenskt Glas. Utveckling - Teknik - Form. Stockholm; Jonson & Winter Forlagsaktiebolag: 1943. A well illustrated survey of modern Swedish glass at mid-century including much work by Orrefors, with chapters by Edv. Stromberg, Gosta Ostlund, J. Arvid Hedvall, Erik Wettergren, Elisa Steenberg, and Ake H.Huldt. Hardcover. 7.5"x11.5", 256 pages, b/w illustrations; original softcovers bound into brown cloth; cloth a bit sunned, else a very nice copy. [07357] $200.00

 

134. Swan, Frank H. Portland Glass. Des Moines; Wallace-Homestead: 1970s. Revised edition. First published in 1949, this standard history of the Portland, Maine glass company was revised and updated with much new material by Marion Dana. Hardcover. 6”x9.5”, 106 pages, b/w illustrations; light soil. [30889] $40.00

 

135. [Tiffany] Tiffany & Other Art Glass, Various Owners, including Dr. A. Lloyd Reid, Miss Louise Meyran. New York; Parke-Bernet Galleries: March 15th, 1967. Sale 2529. Includes some unusual items, including a unique Tiffany gilded and silvered ceramic chess set, a Tiffany bronze-and-Favrile glass seven-light candelabra, Tiffany cameo-cut Favrile vase, and much more. Softcover. 6"x9", 37 pages, 156 lots, b/w illustrations; several institutional stamps. [07030] $20.00

 

136. Umbraco, Kitty & Russell. Iridescent Stretch Glass. Berkeley; Al Cembura: 1972. One of those spiral bound jobs, with much higher production values than they usually exhibit. The text includes a history of iridescent stretch glass and notes on the companies that made it. Softcover. 6"x9", 62 pages, b/w illustrations and 22 color plates with facing descriptions; spiral bound; a fine copy; signed by the authors. [03980] $40.00

 

137. Unitt, Doris & Peter. Bottles in Canada. Peterborough, Ontario; Clock House: 1972. The ultimate book on Canadian bottles, with over 2,000 specimens illustrated, with chapters about various types of bottles as well as manufacturers. Includes period photos and advertisements. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 240 pages, hundreds of b/w and some color illustrations, dj; minor tape residue on the endpapers, else a very nice copy. [30807] $85.00

 

138. Unitt, Doris & Peter. Treasury of Canadian Glass. Ontario; Clock House: 1969. 2nd edition. A standard study of Canadian glass and glassmakers, basically 19th century, with a heavy emphasis on pressed glass (the Unitt's specialty). This fine study contains much important information on Canadian glass factories. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 279 pages, hundreds of b/w illustrations and 4 color plates; light wear, a nice copy. [09664] $100.00

 

139. Vincent, Keith. Nailsea Glass. Newton Abbot; David & Charles: 1975. The Nailsea Glassworks, near Bristol, was an important window and bottle manufacturer in the 19th century, but this is not what it is known for today. Today collectors avidly seek out the many types of flasks, rolling pins, walking sticks, decanters, pitchers, bottles, pipes, bowls, ear trumpets, cucumber trainers (cucumber trainers??) and other "whimsies" which its glassblowers made at the end of the day using left over window and bottle glass. Somewhat like "Sandwich Glass" in America, "Nailsea Glass" also came to connote a style of glass, and the author attempts to disentangle all this confusion and define and identify what Nailsea glass is, and what was made at the Bristol works. Profusely illustrated, with a short but helpful bibliography which includes many periodical and manuscript sources. Hardcover. 7.5"x9.5", 112 pages, 118 b/w illustrations, dj. Light wear; a nice copy. [30796] $100.00

 

140. Vincent, Pal. The Moses Bottle. Poland Spring; The Palabra Shop: 1969. The only book I have ever seen devoted to the famous "Moses" bottles of Poland Spring. The company was probably moved to chose Moses for their bottles from the Biblical verse- "And Moses lifted up his hand, and with his rod he smote the rock twice; and the water came out abundantly, and the congregation drank...". The author of this well-illustrated history collected these bottles herself for well over 30 years, and provides a history of the various types of bottles used, and also of the Rickers and their Poland Spring enterprise as well. A diminutive but hard-to-find study. Softcover. 6"x9", 58 pages, b/w illustrations; a nice copy. [08118] $50.00

 

141. Voronov, N. & E. Rachuk. Soviet Glass. Leningrad; Aurora Art Publishers: 1973. A very interesting survey of glasswork in Russia from the 1930s through the 60s. There is a 7-page English introduction, and short English plate captions, but the bulk of the book is devoted to color and black & white illustrations of a wide variety of modern glass by Russian glass artists. Hardcover. 7.5"x11", 180 pages, profusely illustrated in black & white and color. Covers with some wear- the spine head is a little chipped, and there is some light cover soil. Contents fine. [30888] $35.00

 

142. Waher, Bettye W. The Hawkes Hunter. T.G. Hawkes & Co. 1880-1962. Published by the author: 1984. A standard and sought-after compendium of Hawkes patterns and shapes. Not all the photos are "crystal" clear, but such is life. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 151 pages, b/w and line illustrations, dj; a nice copy. [08145] $175.00

 

143. Warren, Phelps. Irish Glass. The Age of Exuberance. New York; Charles Scribner's Sons: 1970. The first American edition of this standard, well-illustrated study of Irish glass made between 1780 and 1830. Hardcover. 6.5"x10", 155 pages plus 4 color and 103 b/w plates, dj. Light wear; a nice copy. Inscribed by Mr. Warren. [04412] $50.00

 

144. Whistler, Laurence. The Image on the Glass. Westerham; John Murray / Cupid Press: 1975. Laurence Whistler gave an entirely new meaning to the term "engraved glass". This fine selection of his work included both new work as well as selections from the prior 40 years, along with a long introductory text by the artist himself. Whistler's work can be beautiful, startling and haunting by turn, and is always uniquely Whistlerian. Hardcover. 7.5"x11", 176 pages, 68 b/w illustrations and 11 b/w plates, dj; small ownership inscription on the endpaper, else a near fine copy. [04507] $50.00

 

145. Wiener, Herbert & Freda Lipkowitz. Rarities in American Cut Glass. Houston; Collectors House of Books: 1975. This fine book is the bible for rare cut glass forms. There are sections devoted to baskets, bowls, boxes, cakestands, candlesticks, candy & cracker jars, casseroles, centerpieces, chalices, champagne coolers and ice buckets, cheese dishes, clocks, coffee pots, compotes, cornucopias, ginger jars, decanters, epergnes, game sets, ice cream sets, lamps, mayonnaise sets, pitchers, colored glass, plates, punchbowls, rose bowls, salad sets, stemware, sugar & creamers, teapots, trays, tumble-ups, umbrella stands... whew! Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 294 pages, profusely illustrated in b/w with some color plates, dj. A near fine copy with lightly rubbed and worn jacket. [08330] $150.00

 

146. [Wilson Collection] Catalogue of English and Continental Glass, The Property of J.G. Wilson, Esq., and other owners. London; Sotheby & Co.: July 21st, 1969. Softcover. 6"x9.5", 34 pages, 180 lots, no illustrations; prices realized list. [07927] $15.00

 

147. Wilson, Kenneth. New England Glass & Glassmaking. New York; Thomas Y. Crowell & Old Sturbridge Village: 1972. A classic reference work on New England glassmakers and their wares, starting with their humble 17th and early 18th century beginnings and culminating with the rise and fall of the mighty New England flint glass industry. "An extensive and scholarly work" (Nelson in Ames & Ward). Hardcover. 8"x10", 401 pages, 365 b/w illustrations, dj; jacket lightly worn and with a few chips. [06413] $100.00

 

148. Wilson, Kenneth M. Mt. Washington & Pairpoint Glass. Volume One. Encompassing the History of the Mt. Washington Glass Works and Its Successors, the Pairpoint Companies. Woodbridge; Antique Collectors' Club: 2005. A massive, thorough and important work on the Mt. Washington Glass Works, its history and its products up to about 1900, including Iridescent, Sicilian, Rose Amber, Burmese, Peach Blow, Pearl Satin, cameo, and Coraline lines, as well as salts, toothpicks, and lighting glassware. This large, heavy volume is illustrated with a wide variety of new photographs and old catalog cuts, photographs, advertisements and other rare material. Kenneth Wilson spent 15 years or more at work on this book and its to-be-published companion, and the result is nothing less than extraordinary. Hardcover. 10"x12", 349 pages, 500 color and b/w illustrations, dj. New. [90185] $95.00

 

149. Winter, Henry C. The Dynasty of Louis Comfort Tiffany. Boston; Henry Winter: [1971]. Henry Winter knew Louis Comfort Tiffany, and his brother was a longtime assistant to LCT, and a colorist at the Tiffany Studios. Winter wrote four books about Tiffany and his work- the first was a paperback appreciation of Winter's brother, this title was the second, followed shortly by the "Final Dynasty" and then by the "Commemorative Edition". All were self-published, and have a certain idiosyncratic, quirky charm that comes from bubbling enthusiasm and a general lack of any editing. None of them have any readily identifiable organization to speak of, but present the collector with the joy that comes with serendipitous discovery. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 186 pages, color and b/w illustrations, dj. Book itself nice with a slight dampsmell which seems to be common to this title; jacket worn and torn, front flyleaf detached, etc. [30430] $85.00

 

150. Winter, Henry C. The Louis Comfort Tiffany Commemorative Edition. Boston; Henry C. Winter: 1972. Limited to 1000 copies. Henry C. Winter knew Louis Comfort Tiffany, and his brother was a longtime assistant to LCT, and a colorist at the Tiffany Studios. Henry Winter wrote four books about Tiffany and his work- the first was a paperback appreciation of Winter's brother, the second was the "Dynasty", followed shortly by the "Final Dynasty" and then by the "Commemorative Edition". All were self-published, and have a certain idiosyncratic, quirky charm that comes from bubbling enthusiasm and a general lack of any editing. None of them have any readily identifiable organization to speak of, but present the collector with the joy that comes with serendipitous discovery. The "Commemorative Edition" has more photos and descriptions of pieces in public and private collections, at least some of which were also shown in the "Final Dynasty" volume; there is a reprinting of Tiffany's illustrated essay/booklet "Character and Individuality in Decorations and Furnishings", and thumbnail biographies of some leading Tiffany-related figures. Winter announced his intention to produce a color plate volume to accompany this book, but I have never seen a copy offered. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 70 pages, b/w illustrations, dj; a little wear, but a nice copy. Inscribed by Winter. [03570] $125.00

 

151. [Wood Collection] Early American Glass. The Important Collection of William Wood, 3rd. New York; Parke-Bernet: January 22-23rd, 1942. Sale 338. The auction sale of a very fine collection, especially notable for its colored three-mold pieces, historical flasks and Ohio glass. Neil C. Gest wrote an introduction to this catalog. Softcover. 7.5"x10.5", 80 pages, 406 lots, numerous b/w illustrations; light wear and soil; cover crease. [30718] $75.00

 


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