Enough insight to satisfy the knowledgeable enthusiast and general facts to become an essential introduction for the novice.
    Antique Collector

    Profusely and excellently illustrated.
    Royal Society of Arts Journal

    Its scope is breathtaking... This is an enormously informative and engaging book, with 300 glorious colour plates, and also, by the way, some wonderful language. Where else could you learn about blobbing, blowing, casting, combing, and cracking off, crizzling, fusing and gilding, marver, moulds, prunts and muffle kilns? …Perhaps the title of this book should be The First 5000 Years of Glass.
    Tribune Magazine

    A sumptuously illustrated history … brings out the extraordinary artistic possibilities of this material.
    The Saturday Scotsman

    An excellent overview [that takes] the reader on a journey of enlightenment.
    British Society of Scientific Glassblowers Journal

    A completely new chapter brings the story up to date with the latest masterpieces of the form. The photographs are many and spectacularly good, and there is a fascinating appendix explaining, with step-by-step photographs, the processes involved in many kinds of glassmaking. Wonderful!
    The Good Book Guide

    5000 Years of Glass

    SKU: cmc50956

    £25.00 Members' price *


    This classic book traces the history of glassmaking from its origins in Western Asia some 5000 years ago, through the invention of glassblowing around the first century BC, to the introduction of mechanised processes and new styles in the 19th and 20th centuries.

    It highlights the flourishing industries of ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt, the extraordinary achievements of the Roman Empire, the elegant vessels of the Islamic Near East, the superb mastery of Renaissance Venice and the wide-ranging experiments of modern Europe and America.

    With a new final chapter by John P. Smith, Editor of The Glass Circle journal, to bring the book up-to-date with the latest developments, 5000 Years of Glass is still the definitive single- volume general history of this most versatile art form.

    Front cover detail

    Ruby glass decanter and stopper, overlaid with opaque white glass and cut all over with spiral mitre cutting. Made by George Bacchus & Sons, Stourbridge, England, c. 1850.


    Hugh Tait – former Deputy Keeper of the Department of Medieval and Later Antiquities at the British Museum, Honorary Fellow of the Corning Museum of Glass, former President of the International Association for the History of Glass.

    Carol Andrews – former Assistant Keeper in the Department of Egyptian Antiquities at the British Museum.

    William Gudenrath – former President of the New York Experimental Glass Workshop, Resident Adviser of The Studio at the Corning Museum of Glass, New York.

    Ralph Pinder- Wilson – former Deputy Keeper of Islamic Collection at the British Museum.

    Veronica Tatton-Brown – former Assistant Keeper in the Department of Greek and Roman Antiquities at the British Museum.

    John P. Smith – Editor of The Glass Circle journal. Recently retired from world-renowned antique dealers, Mallett.


    Product code: cmc50956
    Edited by: Hugh Tait
    Authors: Hugh Tait, Carol Andrews, William Gudenrath, Ralph Pinder-Wilson, Veronica Tatton-Brown, and John P. Smith.
    ISBN: 9780714150956
    Format: Paperback with flaps
    Number of pages: 280 pages
    Size: 276mm x 219mm
    llustrations: 300 colour, 28 black&white, and 2 maps
    Weight: 1.4kg
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