This book sets out to show that there are few pastimes as fascinating, enjoyable and rewarding for the enthusiast of modest means as collecting books.
This book explores how collecting and scholarship in the field of Islamic Art developed between c.1850 and c.1950, the period when the intellectual foundations for the study of Islamic art were established. Stephen Vernoit outlines the formation of collections, the role of exhibitions, museums and libraries, the growth of the art market, and the emergence of scholarship.
Rare Books Uncovered
Author: Rebecca Rego Barry
Publisher: Voyageur Press
Precious old books found in unlikely places, from the family that avoided foreclosure through a book in their attic to a copy of the Nuremberg Chronicle in a local fundraiser.
The Art of Perfume
Author: Christie Mayer Lefkowith
Lalique, Gaillard, Viard, Dépinoix, Many of the finest artists, designers and couturiers of the modern period have produced perfume bottles. The development of exciting forms, elaborate labels and boxes has meant that they are now extremely collectable and valuable objects. 'The Art of Perfume' is the result of many years’ research by a passionate collector, Christie Mayer Lefkowith. An intriguing text documents the history of the perfume bottle from 1850 to 1950, accompanied by superb colour photographs of the most striking designs. With a reference section listing over 500 major perfumers, designers and glassmakers, this is the definitive survey of perfume bottles and an invaluable sourcebook for collectors, designers and all those with an interest in 20th-century decorative arts.
Author: Jeanne Frank
Helps novice collectors become knowledgeable enough to buy works of art -- Helps readers learn how to appreciate art, distinguish quality from junk, and eventually acquire enough knowledge and self-confidence to start their own collectionWhen Jeanne Frank was made director of a department store gallery in the 1960s, the self-taught art enthusiast was new to the art world -- not to mention exhibiting and selling. This is the book that Frank wishes had been available when she started.According to Frank, beginners should start by viewing art in museums rather than in galleries, noting artists whose work appeals to them. Frank also explains museum space, how individual galleries within museums are arranged, and where to find answers to a newcomer's most likely questions. She defines the difference between Modern and Contemporary art, as well as between Expressionism, Impressionism, Fauvism, and Cubism, explains the meanings of Abstract and Figurative art, and gives examples through the work of Kline, Miro, Kandinsky, van Gogh, Cezanne, Picasso, and de Kooning.Most of all, Frank's philosophy empowers readers to trust their own judgment, and not assume that everything in a museum is great art simply because it's in a museum. Taste in art -- like all tastes -- is personal; and it continues to change throughout our Fives based on repeated exposure and widening experience.Renowned art collector Gertrude Stein once remarked: When in a museum, walk slowly but keep walking. With discovering Art, Jeanne Frank guides the reader one step at a time.Strips away the mystique of the art world, and offers the newcomer everything he or she needs to know.... I recommend the book highly.-- James Goodman, President, Art Dealers Association of America
Out of the authors' latest explorations, this gorgeous new book has come to life---illustrating entirely different talking machines from those in their previous books. Follow the progress of the acoustic talking machine from its crude beginnings in the 1870s to its most splendid and sophisticated heights in the early 20th century. An unparalleled archive of rare, fascinating, and previously undocumented objects has been assembled. The story behind the beautiful, bright machinery is told through clear and insightful descriptions, and many previously unpublished facts are revealed.
"Primrose Peacock outlines button history from the fourteenth century to the present day, with particular emphasis on the eighteenth century golden age of button decoration. Within sections dedicated to the different materials used in button manufacture, she describes the types of buttons that the average collector is most likely to encounter"--P.  of cover.
Author: John Himmelman
In lively, accessible prose, the author explains the moth's life cycle, their importance in nature, & how just a handful of the species are a nuisance to people. Details how to attract them, and where to observe them.
Author: Susan McLeod O'Reilly, Alain Massé
Publisher: Key Porter kids
Introduces the pleasures of collections, focusing on stamp collecting, and discusses the origins of postage stamps, stamp terminology, errors, finding, sorting, and mounting stamps, and related topics.
Discovering Ellis Ruley
Author: Glenn Robert Smith, Robert Kenner, Stacy C. Hollander, Lee Kogan, Museum of American Folk Art
Publisher: Crown Publishers
Looks at the life, work, and mysterious death of a Black artist
Pure Sea Glass
Author: Richard LaMotte, Sally LaMotte Crane
Publisher: Chesapeake Seaglass Pub
An ideal book for anyone who loves the shore. The first complete guide to collecting, identifying, and understanding the history behind smooth glass shards found at the water's edge. More than 250 color photos pay tribute to both sea glass and the historical glassware that is frequently its source. Beachcombers can now use subtle clues regarding color and shape to determine age, rarity, and even origin.
Author: Tracy Chevalier
A voyage of discovery, two remarkable women, and an extraordinary time and place enrich this New York Times bestselling novel by Tracy Chevalier, author of At the Edge of the Orchard and Girl With a Pearl Earring. On the windswept, fossil-strewn beaches of the English coast, poor and uneducated Mary Anning learns that she has a unique gift: "the eye" to spot fossils no one else can see. When she uncovers an unusual fossilized skeleton in the cliffs near her home, she sets the religious community on edge, the townspeople to gossip, and the scientific world alight. After enduring bitter cold, thunderstorms, and landslips, her challenges only grow when she falls in love with an impossible man. Mary soon finds an unlikely champion in prickly Elizabeth Philpot, a middle-class spinster who shares her passion for scouring the beaches. Their relationship strikes a delicate balance between fierce loyalty, mutual appreciation, and barely suppressed envy, but ultimately turns out to be their greatest asset. Remarkable Creatures is a stunning historical novel that follows the story of two extraordinary 19th century fossil hunters who changed the scientific world forever.
Author: Frank A. Garcia, Donald Stuart Miller
Publisher: Stackpole Books
Offers an introduction into fossils and fossil collecting
The fascinating saga of solving the mystery of this ancient animal who once roamed the north country—and has captivated our collective imagination ever since. Today, we know that a mammoth is an extinct type of elephant that was covered with long fur and lived in the north country during the ice ages. But how do you figure out what a mammoth is if you have no concept of extinction, ice ages, or fossils? Long after the last mammoth died and was no longer part of the human diet, it still played a role in human life. Cultures around the world interpreted the remains of mammoths through the lens of their own worldview and mythology. When the ancient Greeks saw deposits of giant fossils, they knew they had discovered the battle fields where the gods had vanquished the Titans. When the Chinese discovered buried ivory, they knew they had found dragons’ teeth. But as the Age of Reason dawned, monsters and giants gave way to the scientific method. Yet the mystery of these mighty bones remained. How did Enlightenment thinkers overcome centuries of myth and misunderstanding to reconstruct an unknown animal? The journey to unravel that puzzle begins in the 1690s with the arrival of new type of ivory on the European market bearing the exotic name "mammoth." It ends during the Napoleonic Wars with the first recovery of a frozen mammoth. The path to figuring out the mammoth was traveled by merchants, diplomats, missionaries, cranky doctors, collectors of natural wonders, Swedish POWs, Peter the Great, Ben Franklin, the inventor of hot chocolate, and even one pirate. McKay brings together dozens of original documents and illustrations, some ignored for centuries, to show how this odd assortment of characters solved the mystery of the mammoth and, in doing so, created the science of paleontology.