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Seller: ancientgifts (4,181) 99.3%, Location: Lummi Island, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 122166216037 TRANSLATE Arabic Chinese French German Greek Indonesian Italian Hindi Japanese Korean Swedish Portuguese Russian Spanish Your browser does not support JavaScript. To view this page, enable JavaScript if it is disabled or upgrade your browser. Click here to see 1,000 archaeology/ancient history books and 2,000 ancient artifacts, antique gemstones, antique jewelry! Glass from Antiquity to the Renaissance: 72 Plates in Full Colour by Giovanni Mariacher. NOTE: We have 75,000 books in our library, almost 10,000 different titles. Odds are we have other copies of this same title in varying conditions, some less expensive, some better condition. We might also have different editions as well (some paperback, some hardcover, oftentimes international editions). If you don’t see what you want, please contact us and ask. We’re happy to send you a summary of the differing conditions and prices we may have for the same title. DESCRIPTION: Hardback: 157 pages. Publisher: Cameo / Hamlyn; (1970). The origins of glass are shrouded in mystery, but according to tradition, it was accidentally discovered by a group of shipwrecked Phoenician sailors when lighting a fire on a sandy beach. Certainly the Phoenicians traded in primitive glass ornaments as did the ancient Egyptians. When glass blowing was developed, many centers of glass manufacture sprang up and flourished around the Eastern Mediterranean, particularly in Syria and Alexandria. Meanwhile in Western Europe the art of glass making was established and spread under the benevolent eye of the Romans. Giovanni Mariacher traces the influence of these two traditions illustrating his text with marvelous examples of Byzantine, Islamic, and Medieval glass. Then in the last part of the book he describes Venetian glass of the Renaissance; exquisite, unmistakable, unsurpassed. CONDITION: VERY GOOD. Lightly read hardcover w/dustjacket (157 pages - 72 full color plates). Pages are unblemished, clean, crisp, unmutilated, well bound, and unmarked. The book appears to have been perhaps gently read once, quite possibly only flipped through a few times. There's very little "reading wear" to be detected between the covers. However the book does show some normal evidence of aging in the form of tan-colored age spotting. The first four or five (blank/title) pages, and the last four or five pages of the book evidence a scattering of tan-colored age spots. The dustjacket evidences virtually no shelf wear, however when you remove it you will see that the underside of the dustjacket is also lightly spotted. And when removing the dustjacket, you'll see that while the cloth covers likewise evidence virtually no wear, there is again very light, faint, occasional spots to the covers. Lastly, the surfaces of the closed page edges show extremely faint dust dinge/speckling as well (visible only when book is closed, not to individual pages, only to the mass of closed page edges). Excepting for the age spotting to be found, the book is otherwise very clean and in very good condition. Satisfaction unconditionally guaranteed. In stock, ready to ship. No disappointments, no excuses. PROMPT SHIPPING! HEAVILY PADDED, DAMAGE-FREE PACKAGING! #2049e. PLEASE SEE IMAGES BELOW FOR SAMPLE PAGES FROM INSIDE OF BOOK. PLEASE SEE PUBLISHER, PROFESSIONAL, AND READER REVIEWS BELOW. PUBLISHER REVIEW: REVIEW: Glass is certainly one of the most exciting and impressive of all man's discoveries. Its origins, however, are shrouded in mystery, and experts still do not completely understand how it was first made. Nor is it known exactly where or when glass was discovered. A legend recorded by Pliny in his “Historia Naturalis” tells of a chance discovery by some Phoenician sailors. They were lighting a fire on a beach when they noticed a vitreous material forming among the embers. Like most legends, this probably contains an element of truth; for the basic component of glass is sand (silica), which is fused with an alkaline substance (soda) and lime (calcium carbonate). Furthermore, in the very earliest days of glass-making, the soda was taken from seaweed or coastal plants, which grew in abundance at the mouths of Phoenician rivers. The Phoenicians were also great seafarers, which explains the early diffusion of glass around the Mediterranean. At first, glass was most frequently used to make ornaments, since it was possible to color glass pastes and apply them to small objects to make them look like precious stones. One of the earliest and easiest techniques for making real glass was baked glazing. The basic materials were melted and colored; then the paste was dripped or poured into metal or terracotta moulds and made into small statues of animals and people, plaques, armlets and necklaces. To make hollow objects, the paste was placed around moulds which could afterwards be broken. This primitive glass paste was sometimes cut up into tiny pieces which were pierced and then strung together. Glass-makers could not make larger and more beautiful objects until they were able to practice glass-blowing, which was probably discovered in Syria at the beginning of the Christian era. Blowing was carried out in this way: the amount of glass needed for the vessel was put at the end of a metal pipe about a yard long, and the craftsman blew the glass up to the size desired; then, with the help of a few instruments, he shaped and decorated the vessel. After this, he could apply colorants. The technique is virtually the same as that used today. The melting of the glass is done in wide, circular, stone pots with a number of openings for the blow-pipes in their sides. Glass is blown at extremely high temperatures; on the island of Murano, the famous glassworks in Venice, the pots are made of a fire-proof clay that can withstand a heat of up to 1400° centigrade. The first glass-blowers used moulds only occasionally, but nowadays moulds of metal or terracotta are always used to make large quantities of utilitarian glassware. PROFESSIONAL REVIEW: REVIEW: This is part of the Cameo series of books on art and antiques originally published in 1966 in Italy; and eventually republished in 1970 by Octopus Books of London. Printed on a heavy coated stock, it includes 72 full color plates. Visually spectacular, it is also a very intellectually gratifying and educational read. It contains a remarkable survey of the ancient art of glass production, from the Phoenicians who discovered the process of producing glass perhaps 3,000 years ago, through the Venetian masters of the Renaissance. READER REVIEWS: REVIEW: Magnificent! Perhaps too small be to called a “coffee table” book, but the quality and content are certainly in that realm. This is a wonderful, high quality book produced in the U.K. in English for distribution world wide. A compact and highly readable introduction to glasswork in antiquity, with well chosen examples and the full color plates are simply magnificent. A real visual extravaganza. High quality binding and great color prints! It is a wonderful reference for those interested in the history of ancient art and antiquities, with wonderful pictures even for whose who just want to admire the incredible richness of ancient glasswork. Still a wonderful reference despite being produced in 1966 (the ancient glass work remains absolutely unchanged). Truly enlightening with rapturous photographs, this was considered a classic and authoritative source when it was first published, and it remains so today. REVIEW: Excellent resource with wonderful examples in full color. The author gives a fascinating account of the background of the Eastern Mediterranean and European traditions with marvelous examples of Byzantine, Islamic and Medieval glass. REVIEW: Translated from the original Italian by Michael Cunningham. The main early centers of glass making were around the Mediterranean and in Western Europe, where the Romans influenced the process. Mariacher traces the influence of these two traditions illustrating his text with marvelous examples of Byzantine, Islamic and Medieval glass. Then in the last part of the book he describes Venetian glass of the Renaissance. I always ship books Media Mail in a padded mailer. This book is shipped FOR FREE via USPS INSURED media mail (“book rate”). All domestic shipments and most international shipments will include free USPS Delivery Confirmation (you might be able to update the status of your shipment on-line at the USPS Web Site) and free insurance coverage. A small percentage of international shipments may require an additional fee for tracking and/or delivery confirmation. If you are concerned about a little wear and tear to the book in transit, I would suggest a boxed shipment - it is an extra $1.00. Whether via padded mailer or box, we will give discounts for multiple purchases. International orders are welcome, but shipping costs are substantially higher. Most international orders cost an additional $12.99 to $33.99 for an insuredshipment in a heavily padded mailer, and typically includes some form of rudimentary tracking and/or delivery confirmation (though for some countries, this is only available at additional cost). There is also a discount program which can cut postage costs by 50% to 75% if you’re buying about half-a-dozen books or more (5 kilos+). Rates and available services vary a bit from country to country. You can email or message me for a shipping cost quote, but I assure you they are as reasonable as USPS rates allow, and if it turns out the rate is too high for your pocketbook, we will cancel the sale at your request. ADDITIONAL PURCHASES do receive a VERY LARGE discount, typically about $5 per book (for each additional book after the first) so as to reward you for the economies of combined shipping/insurance costs. Your purchase will ordinarily be shipped within 48 hours of payment. We package as well as anyone in the business, with lots of protective padding and containers. All of our shipments are sent via insured mail so as to comply with PayPal requirements. We do NOT recommend uninsured shipments, and expressly disclaim any responsibility for the loss of an uninsured shipment. Unfortunately the contents of parcels are easily “lost” or misdelivered by postal employees – even in the USA. That’s why all of our domestic shipments (and most international) shipments include a USPS delivery confirmation tag; or are trackable or traceable, and all shipments (international and domestic) are insured. We do offer U.S. Postal Service Priority Mail, Registered Mail, and Express Mail for both international and domestic shipments, as well United Parcel Service (UPS) and Federal Express (Fed-Ex). Please ask for a rate quotation. We will accept whatever payment method you are most comfortable with. If upon receipt of the item you are disappointed for any reason whatever, I offer a no questions asked return policy. Send it back, I will give you a complete refund of the purchase price (less our original shipping costs). Most of the items I offer come from the collection of a family friend who was active in the field of Archaeology for over forty years. However many of the items also come from purchases I make in Eastern Europe, India, and from the Levant (Eastern Mediterranean/Near East) from various institutions and dealers. Though I have always had an interest in archaeology, my own academic background was in sociology and cultural anthropology. After my retirement however, I found myself drawn to archaeology as well. Aside from my own personal collection, I have made extensive and frequent additions of my own via purchases on Ebay (of course), as well as many purchases from both dealers and institutions throughout the world – but especially in the Near East and in Eastern Europe. I spend over half of my year out of the United States, and have spent much of my life either in India or Eastern Europe. In fact much of what we generate on Yahoo, Amazon and Ebay goes to support The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, as well as some other worthy institutions in Europe connected with Anthropology and Archaeology. I acquire some small but interesting collections overseas from time-to-time, and have as well some duplicate items within my own collection which I occasionally decide to part with. Though I have a collection of ancient coins numbering in the tens of thousands, my primary interest is in ancient jewelry. My wife also is an active participant in the "business" of antique and ancient jewelry, and is from Russia. I would be happy to provide you with a certificate/guarantee of authenticity for any item you purchase from me. There is a $2 fee for mailing under separate cover. Whenever I am overseas I have made arrangements for purchases to be shipped out via domestic mail. If I am in the field, you may have to wait for a week or two for a COA to arrive via international air mail. But you can be sure your purchase will arrive properly packaged and promptly - even if I am absent. And when I am in a remote field location with merely a notebook computer, at times I am not able to access my email for a day or two, so be patient, I will always respond to every email. Please see our "ADDITIONAL TERMS OF SALE."

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