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Five thousand years of glass

Author: Hugh Tait
Publisher: Philadelphia, Pa. : University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : English : Rev. edView all editions and formats
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"This book traces the history of glass from its origins in western Asia some 5,000 years ago, through the invention of glass-blowing around the first century B.C. to the introduction of mechanized processes and new styles in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It highlights the flourishing industries of ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt, the elegant vessels of the Islamic Near East, the superb mastery of Renaissance  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Five thousand years of glass.
Philadelphia, Pa. : University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004
(OCoLC)644133618
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Hugh Tait
ISBN: 0812218884 9780812218886
OCLC Number: 59099088
Notes: Originally published 1991 by Abrams as Glass, 5,000 years.
Description: 256 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm
Contents: Introduction / Hugh Tait --
Faking --
1: Before the invention of glassblowing / Veronica Tatton-Brown and Carol Andrews --
The first glassmakers 2500-1200 BC --
Egypt c. 1450-1100 BC --
Western Asia and the Mediterranean c. 900-300 BC --
Hellenistic and non-blown Roman glass c. 325 BC --
AD 400 --
2: The Roman empire / Veronica Tatton-Brown --
Early blown glass 1st century AD --
The Roman achievement AD 100-400 --
3: Early medieval Europe AD 400-1066 / Veronica Tatton-Brown --
4: The Islamic lands and China / Ralph Finder-Wilson --
Early Islamic glass 8th-11th centuries --
Islamic glass 12th-15th centuries --
Later Islamic glass 16th-19th centuries --
Chinese glass --
5: Europe from the Middle Ages to the industrial revolution / Hugh Tait --
Byzantium and medieval Europe 10th-15th centuries --
Venice and renaissance Europe 15th-17th centuries --
North of the alps 17th-18th centuries --
6: Europe and America 1800-1940 / Paul Hollister --
Cut and engraved glass --
Pressed glass --
Some special techniques and achievements --
Five formative artists --
Epilogue / Hugh Tait --
Techniques of glassmaking and decoration / William Gudenrath.
Other Titles: Glass, 5000 years.
Responsibility: edited by Hugh Tait.

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"This book traces the history of glass from its origins in western Asia some 5,000 years ago, through the invention of glass-blowing around the first century B.C. to the introduction of mechanized processes and new styles in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It highlights the flourishing industries of ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt, the elegant vessels of the Islamic Near East, the superb mastery of Renaissance Venice, and the wide-ranging experiments of modern Europe and America." "A unique feature of the book is the series of photographic sequences specially taken in the studio of a modern glassmaker as he reconstructs ancient techniques; these are accompanied by a glossary of glass-making terms."--Jacket.

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