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Fountain Pens of the World
Andreas Lambrou
0302006680
May 2, 2003
Hardcover
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Glen B Bowen -- World Publications 'Pen World' Magazine (July/August 1995)
'To say that this book is the definitive book on fountain pens to date is an understatement...'

Book Description
The authoritative and comprehensive text features countries not previously covered in other books, a new chapter on limited editions, and a chapter on materials from 1833 to the present day which defines processes such as lacquering, guilloche engraving and plastic identification. The development of design and logos is illustrated by specially produced line drawings. The text is complimented by many period advertisements.

Fountain Pens of the World provides more information on pens and illustrates more pens than any other book on the subject.


Hislop's Official International Price Guide to Fine Art
Duncan Hislop
0609808745
Mar 2002
Paperback
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Book Description
“I have been using Hislop’s Art Sales Index since it began in 1969, and I still find it the best of the price guides.” —Christopher Wood, former director of Christie’s

For more than thirty years, Art Sales Index, or Hislop’s, as it is known in the world of fine art, has been the essential guide that anyone buying art needs to make an informed purchase. Hislop’s Official International Price Guide to Fine Art—the new portable edition and a first for Hislop’s—covers international art auction sales of more than 80,000 works of original art from more than 25,000 of the most popular artists. This is an essential reference for the novice collector and anyone who wants to know art values, a handy tool for the experienced dealer, and a must...


The World on Sunday: Graphic Art in Joseph Pulitzer's Newspaper (1898 to 1911)
Margaret Brentano
0821261932
September 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Husband and wife team Baker (Double Fold) and Brentano rescued one of the last surviving sets of the New York World from the British Library and, in a labor of love, sorted through a decade's worth of its issues. They present reproductions of comics, advertisements, portraits, political cartoons, caricatures and other illustrations from the turn-of-the-20th-century mass-circulation daily paper. These images, they say, celebrate a "vaudeville revue of urban urges and preoccupations." To take a sampling of these fascinating illustrations (all elucidated by Brentano's historically illuminating captions): an 1899 two-page real estate spread features delicate black-and-white drawings of the Astor holdings, "like bars of music in a hymnal of real estate." From the same year, a green and red portrait of Mark Twain...


The Art of the Bookplate
James Keenan
0760746966
October 2003
Hardcover
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Book Description
This jewel of a volume, beautiful to look at and the per-fect gift for booklovers, traces the origins, development, and exquisite designs of the personalized bookplate. Magnificent images display bookplates drawn by Durer, Holbein, Hogarth, Kate Greenaway, and Aubrey Beardsley. The foreword is by best-selling author George Plimpton.


20th Century Factory Glass
Lesley Jackson
0847822532
June 3, 2000
Hardcover
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Book Review
Sure, glass has been around since ancient Mesopotamia, but some say the real art of glass wasn't developed until relatively recently. In 250 pages filled with photographs and information, 20th Century Factory Glass examines the myriad ways that a few minerals can combine with high heat to create delicate and colorful objects of beauty. In an effort to simplify material, the sections are arranged not by time period, but alphabetically by artist or company. From Fenton to Whitefriars, Anchor Hocking to Orrefors, author Lesley Jackson has collected information on nearly 100 manufacturers, and the text includes facts about the financial history of the company, as well as its artistic inspirations. There are many books devoted to Tiffany stained glass, but how many of them discuss his Aquamarine glass, or the business backing...


Star Wars Super Collector's Wish Book
Geoffrey T. Carlton
1574324551
Mar 2005
Hardcover
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The Antiquer, August 2002
Completely unique, there is no other book available that is so beautifully produced. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Antique & Collectibles Monthly, July 2002
This large book shows all the fun things that are being collected. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The Jeweler's Directory Of Decorative Finishes
Jinks McGrath
0896891933
April 15, 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Anyone who spends time fashioning copper, brass, silver and gold into jewelry will appreciate the wealth of detail in this guide to jewelry finishes. The Jeweler's Directory of Decorative Finishes covers 15 different techniques for creating various decorative finishes from start to finish. More than 350 step-by-step illustrations and photographs guide jewelers through techniques including patination, granulation, fusing and more. Adding gold foil, developing patterns that contrast with by layering metals and inlays, creating exquisite etchings and engravings and more are covered. Illustrations demonstrate various combinations of the different finishes, while instructions bear practical safety tips. An inspiring gallery of work by professional jewelers, using the techniques taught in this easy-to-understand working...


Authentic Designs from the American Arts and Crafts Movement: Selected From Keramic Studio
Carol Belanger Grafton (Editor)
0486258009
October 1988
Paperback
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Book Description
Over 400 royalty-free designs from 80 artists, selected from the periodical Keramic Studio, a major forum for the American Arts and Crafts movement. 436 illus.


Interior Design Visual Presentation
Maureen Mitton
0471225525
July 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
The new, updated edition of the successful book on interior design

Interior Design Visual Presentation, Second Edition is fully revised to include the latest material on CAD, digital portfolios, resume preparation, and Web page design. It remains the only comprehensive guide to address the visual design and presentation needs of the interior designer, with coverage of design graphics, models, and presentation techniques in one complete volume.

Approaches to the planning, layout, and design of interior spaces are presented through highly visual, step-by-step instructions, supplemented with more than forty pages of full-color illustrations, exercises at the end of each chapter, and dozens of new projects. With the serious designer in mind, it includes a diverse range of sample...


Japanese Cabinetry: The Art & Craft of Tansu
David Jackson, Dane Owen
1586851136
November 15, 2002
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Tansu are, in a simple sense, wood furniture pieces, but Jackson, a conservator and collector of tansu, and Owen, a gallery owner, make the case that tansu should be seen in the U.S. as an art form. Tansu, they argue, represent the height of Japanese craftsmanship in the Edo and Meiji periods, reflecting increasing societal wealth and evolving tastes. The authors compare the simple, elegant cupboards and chests to Shaker objects, which "are now feverishly collected as art, yet would not be without respect for the traditions and skill they embody." The 300 color photos support their contentions-the pieces are delicately finished with lacquer and hand-forged iron and are made of more than one kind of wood. Hand-tinted Meiji-era photographs accompany synopses of period history: in one, a doctor feels a patient's...


Official Price Guide to Star Wars Memorabilia
Jeremy Beckett
0375720758
Apr 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Star Wars is the largest grossing film franchise in history! Discover the collectibles.
The Official® Price Guide to Star Wars Memorabilia is a complete and reliable sourcebook on a subject that is gaining new and revived popularity with fans and collectors thanks to the release of the the two prequels and the May 2005 premiere of Star Wars: Episode III!
• Written with the support of Rebelscum.com, one of the largest and most successful Web sites devoted to Star Wars and its memorabilia.
• Includes numerous detailed descriptions and price listings for Star Wars collectibles.

About the Author
Jeremy Beckett has been collecting Star Wars items since he first picked up George Lucas'...


The Art of the Steal: Inside the Sotheby's-Christie's Auction House Scandal
Christopher Mason
0425202410
May 2005
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Veteran art writer Mason does a good job separating the bad guys from the slightly less bad guys in his lively, anecdote-packed saga about how the world's two leading auction houses, Sotheby's and Christie's, conspired to fix prices on everything from famous paintings to antique furniture. Alfred Taubman, the shopping-mall king who bought Sotheby's in 1983 to keep it from falling into the hands of a couple of carpet salesmen, became the only principal in the case to actually do jail time-apparently due to what some courtroom observers labeled "the worst defense money can buy." It didn't help that Diana "DeDe" Brooks, who started her career as an unpaid intern and whose workaholic habits persuaded Taubman to make her Sotheby's CEO, became one of the government's chief witnesses against Taubman. On the Christie's...


How to Identify Prints
Bamber Gascoigne
0500284806
May 2004
Paperback
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School Arts
[An] engaging compilation of information about every printmaking process one could possibly explore, uncover, or imagine.

Library Journal
Exquisitely presented and profusely illustrated.

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Modernist Jewelry 1930-1960: The Wearable Art Movement (Schiffer Book for Collectors)
Marbeth Schon
0764320203
May 1, 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
This beautifully written new book explores the work of 175 of the most important American modernist artist jewelers through a comprehensive text and over 540 color and 35 black and white photos. Beginning with the streamlining of Art Moderne, modernist jewelers mirrored the consciousness of their age. They were free thinkers-artists who broke away from the mainstream of jewelry design and looked to the fine arts for inspiration; they were Surrealists, Cubists, and Abstract Expressionists functioning as sculptors in small scale, painters in enamels, and architects in miniature. The modernist metalsmiths of the 1930s through 1960s laid the groundwork for the enormous expansion of metalsmithing in the 1970s and '80s. These creative jewelers produced personal designs as they absorbed the changes happening in the world...


Art of Modern Rock
Paul Grushkin
081184529X
October 2004
Hardcover
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Review
If MTV is any indication, the face of rock'n'roll needs plastic surgery. Sure, Britney's got a hot belly and Beyonce a glorious booty, but sex is this close to selling itself out. Soon, people will be demanding money shots in their milk commercials. Where's an intelligent consumer to find imagery that both tickles the brain and plugs one into popular culture?

Try Paul Grushkin and Dennis King's Art of Modern Rock, which showcases in full color more than 1600 rock posters and flyers by some 200 international artists, from veterans like Frank Kozik to up-and-comers a la Leia Bell. More than a sequel to Art of Rock (Abbeville, 1987)—Grushkin's best-selling survey of psychedelic posters from the 1960s and 1970s—this is the definitive document of a tens-of-thousands-strong countercultural revolution that...



Ceramics In America 2005 (Ceramics in America)
Robert Hunter (Editor)
0972435352
January 30, 2006
Paperback
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Book Description
A new annual from the Chipstone Foundation. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

From the Publisher
8 1/2 x 11 trim. 350 color

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Collectibles Price Guide
Judith Miller
0756613396
October 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
From real Americana such as Native American artifacts and folk art to familiar and eminently collectible items such as Depression glass and decoy ducks - the Collectibles Price Guide is the perfect shopping companion, whether the venue is your local thrift shop, garage sale, or the Internet.

About the Author
One of the world's leading experts in the field, Judith Miller began collecting in the 1960's and has since written more than 80 books, many of which are held in high regard by collectors and dealers. Since October 2002, DK and Judith Miller have launched several series, including the Antiques Price Guides, Collectibles Price Guides, and the DK Collector's Guides.


Warman's Elvis Field Guide
Paul Kennedy
0896891364
June 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
The King is back! Collectors and fans will love this handy new reference of everything Elvis, with 300 classic photographs, a complete price guide to Elvis collectibles including every record he ever made, and an array of other fascinating information. Designed in a convenient carry-along format, this full-color guide offers collectors up-to-date pricing information for records and other collectibles, as well as information on Elvis' personal history. No other guide to Elvis collectibles offers this much information in such a convenient size and affordable price. -Current pricing for Elvis collectibles, including an Elvis Records Price Guide from records expert Tim Neely -300 classic Elvis photos -Convenient pocket-sized format


TV GuideThe Official Collectors Guide: Celebrating An Icon
Senior Editor, TV Guide Michael Davis (Foreword), Dr. Stephen F. Hofer (Editor)
0977292711
March 15, 2006
Paperback
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Book Description
Never before collected in one volume! Every TV GUIDE cover ever published since since the beginning in 1953, until 2005 when the digest sized magazine ended. This one-of-a-kind book gives a nostalgic look at the history of television, while providing collectors with a valuable source for pricing and evaluating their magazine collections. Over 200 pages of full-color of incredible reproductions of TV GUIDE covers! The perfect gift book for every occasion!

From the Publisher
TV GUIDE THE OFFICIAL COLLECTORS GUIDE is an amazing look back through the early years of television through Oct. 2005, when the last digest sized magazine was published. Not only the ultimate guide for collectors, but the ultimate source for TV trivia lovers!

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Hidden in Plain View: A Secret Story of Quilts and the Underground Railroad
Jacqueline L. Tobin
0385497679
January 2000
Paperback
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Book Review
When quiltmaker Ozella McDaniels told Jacqueline Tobin of the Underground Railroad Quilt Code, it sparked Tobin to place the tale within the history of the Underground Railroad. Hidden in Plain View documents Tobin and Raymond Dobard's journey of discovery, linking Ozella's stories to other forms of hidden communication from history books, codes, and songs. Each quilt, which could be laid out to air without arousing suspicion, gave slaves directions for their escape. Ozella tells Tobin how quilt patterns like the wagon wheel, log cabin, and shoofly signaled slaves how and when to prepare for their journey. Stitching and knots created maps, showing slaves the way to safety.

The authors construct history around Ozella's story, finding evidence in cultural artifacts like slave narratives, folk songs, spirituals, documented...



Warman's KISS Collectibles Field Guide
Tom Shannon
0896892212
Oct 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Thirty-plus years of pyrotechnics and psycho-circus showmanship have created a wild and devoted population of KISS fans. In Warman's' style, this handy and spectacularly illustrated book gives members of the KISS Army a resource as devoted as they are. Collectors will find a list of every U.S. KISS recording, including background and pricing, plus more than 400 color photos! Production details and values for thousands of licensed KISS collectibles including action figures, Beanies, costumes, die-cast cars, posters and much more is also featured! As one of the leading collectibles on the market, behind the Beatles and Elvis, this must-have reference captures the raging hysteria of KISS like nothing else. -400 color photos show details of favorite collectibles -Contains band and recording history to give collectors a...


Advertising Art in the Art Deco Style
Selected by Theodore Menten
048623164X
June 1975
Paperback
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Book Description
Most comprehensive collection of its kind in paperback: 363 ads, posters, trademarks and other commercial graphics (22 in full color) that pictorially chronicle the rise of Art Deco in Europe and America. Artists include Kinger, Teague, Carlu, Lepape, Darcy, Brill.


Chinese Ceramics : A New Comprehensive Survey from the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco

0847819736
November 15, 1996
Hardcover
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Language Notes
Text: English, Chinese


Warman's Star Wars Field Guide
Stuart W. Wells
0896891348
Mar 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Star Wars memorabilia and collecting will be hotter than ever with the newest movie release in May of 2005. Collectors will be wild for Warman's(r) Star Wars Field Guide, with coverage of 300 of the most popular and rare Star Wars collectibles on the market. This handy, portable guide can easily go with collectors to flea markets, auctions, conventions and anywhere else their quest for Star Wars collectibles leads them. Featuring more than 300 full color, detailed photos and illustrations of action figures, playsets, vehicles and more, with descriptions and today's market values for each, this guide is perfect for the collector on the go. -300 of the most popular and rare Star Wars collectibles available -Full-color, detailed photos, pricing and descriptions -Convenient portable size


Warman's Vintage Guitars Field Guide
Dave Rogers
0896892239
Oct 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
With generations of talented and intense guitarists honored for their talents, it's no wonder the same models of guitars they use are hot tickets in today's collectibles market. Warman's Vintage Guitars Field Guide pulls together history, tips for collectors, lessons in guitar lingo, contact information and 350 photos of the leading guitars of the last 100 years in this unique and enjoyable guide. Collectors will gain greater appreciation of the craftsmanship and style that is synonymous with guitars in this full-color book that includes some of Eric Clapton's personal collection that fetched top dollar at auction. Particulars and current prices for guitars including Gibson, Fender, Stratocaster, Martin, Silvertone and Epiphone are covered in this unique resource. -350 stunning color photos of guitars and amplifiers...


Antiques Roadshow Collectibles: The Complete Guide to Collecting 20th Century Glassware, Costume Jewelry, Memorabila, Toys and More from the Most-WATCHED Show on PBS
Carol Prisant
0761128220
August 2003
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
This lavishly illustrated and enthusiastically written guide to modern collectibles is another success by Prisant (Antiques Roadshow Primer), capturing on the printed page the excitement of the top-rated PBS television series Antiques Roadshow. An excellent introductory essay, "Collecting 101," is a helpful look at the field of collecting itself that includes some tips that even the most experienced collector should remember ("Work on self-discipline"). But this is clearly a book for the novice, and Prisant makes it clear that this is not a definitive work but "a brief overview of the types of collectibles that are brought most often to Antiques Roadshow." Her selection is impeccable, and she provides highly informative chapters on ceramics, advertising, glass, sports collectibles, toys, fashion and textiles,...


Art Deco: 1910-1939
Tim Benton, et al
082122834X
September 17, 2003
Hardcover
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Book Review
Sexy, modern, and unabashedly consumer-oriented, Art Deco was a new kind of style, flourishing at a time of rapid technological change and social upheaval. Lacking the philosophical basis of other European design movements, Deco borrowed motifs from numerous sources--Japan, Africa, ancient Egyptian and Mayan cultures, avant-garde European art--simply to create novel visual effects. Art Deco 1910-1939 surveys the sources and development of the popular style with more than 400 color illustrations and 40 chapters by numerous design specialists. The authors track Deco around the globe, from Paris to the United States—-where it got its biggest boost from mass production—-to Northern and Central Europe, Latin America, Japan, India, and New Zealand. The book's broad focus encompasses industrial artifacts (the Hindenburg...


Mexican Folk Art: from Oaxacan Artist Families
Arden Aibel Rothstein, Anya Leah Rothstein
0764315986
June 2002
Hardcover
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Book Description
This book serves as both an armchair guide for learning about and enjoying the lore of Oaxaca’s folk art, as well as a hands-on guide for those who plan to visit the region and develop their own folk art itineraries. A mother-daughter team introduces the spectrum of Oaxacan folk arts: ceramics, textiles, woodcarving, metal work, miniatures and toys, jewelry, candles, basketry and dried flower crafts. A chapter on the Day of the Dead highlights its profound influence on many of these classes of folk art. Celebrating the transmission of artistic traditions from generation to generation in some of the most talented artist families in Oaxaca, 87 outstanding artists belonging to 44 families are featured. Their works, crafted from natural materials, incorporate unique blends of indigenous myths with ancient patterns...


A Killer Collection: A Collectible Mystery
J. B. Stanley
0425207455
January 2006
Mass Market Paperback
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Book Description
Introducing amateur sleuth Molly Appleby, a sharp-witted writer for Collector's Weekly magazine. She has a keen knowledge of antiques, and a special fondness for collectibles.

And when a fellow collector is murdered, Molly quickly develops an uncanny understanding of the criminal mind.


American Stonewares
Georgeanna H. Greer
0764301608
June 1996
Hardcover
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Book Description
This entirely different book on American Stonewares presents the history and the technology of production. Complete chapters describe the method of turning clay into pots, common and uncommon forms in which pots were made, the meaning of various marks and the varieties of decoration, the glazes employed, and the firing process. Never before have the various forms manufactured been so completely described and pictured. Temporal and regional variations are presented. Pots from different areas of the United States and Canada and dating from the earliest eighteenth century pieces into the twentieth century are included. A detailed chapter on glazes describes the characteristics of the four major forms of glaze used upon American Stonewares, including the curious Southern Alkaline form of glaze. The manner of preparation,...

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