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History of Glass-- General Sources

A Guide to Resources
Rakow Research Library
The Corning Museum of Glass

Battie, David and Cottle, Simon, ed. Sotheby's Concise Encyclopedia of Glass. London:
Conran Octopus, 1991.
Bray, Charles. Ceramics and glass: a basic technology. Sheffield, England : Society of Glass
Technology, 2000. 276 p.
"Written for students, potters and glassmakers working individually or in small studios."
Includes bibliography (p. 258-259), list of periodicals, and index. Cover title: Ceramic and
Bray, Charles. Dictionary of glass : materials and techniques. 2nd ed. London : A & C Black ;
Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, 2001. 256 p., [16] p. of plates.
Note: Background information on materials, process, and techniques.
Charleston, Robert J. Masterpieces of Glass: A World History from The Corning Museum of
Glass. 2nd ed. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1990.
Corning Museum of Glass. A Guide to the Collections. Corning, NY: The Corning Museum
of Glass, 2001. 192 p. Includes list "For further reading" (p.192).
Frantz, Susanne K. Contemporary glass: a world survey from the Corning Museum of Glass.
New York : H.N. Abrams, 1989. 204 p.
Glass throughout time : history and technique of glassmaking from the ancient world to the
present. Edited by Rosa Barovier Mentasti ... [et al.] ; project and coordination, Giuliana
Cuneaz. Glassway. 1st ed. Milan : Skira ; New York, NY : Distributed in North America
and Latin America by Rizzoli International Publications, Inc. through St. Martin's Press,
2003. 285 p.
Note: Published to accompany the exhibition "Glassway, le stanze del vetro" held at
Museo Archeologico Regionale, June 15-Oct. 27, 2002. Originally published as:
Glassway. Milan : Skira, 2002. Translated from Italian. Includes bibliographical
references (p. 279-285). Biographies of artists, designers and masters: p. 267-277.
Halper, Vicki. Contrasts : a glass primer. Tacoma : Museum of Glass ; Seattle : University of
Washington Press, 2007. 63 p.
Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 63).
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Hartmann, Carolus. Glasmarken-Lexikon 1600-1945 : Signaturen, Fabrik- und
Handelsmarken : Europa und Nordamerika. Stuttgart : Arnoldsche, 1997. 1006 p.
Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 946-960) and index. In addition to
trademarks: "biographies" of artists and firms; Terminology (brief concordance of glass
terms, German/French/English/Japanese); Glossary (in German); Nomenklatur des
localites (German/Czech versions of place names); list of glass museums. Text in
German; preface in English, German, French and Japanese.

Hess, Catherine. Looking at glass : a guide to terms, styles, and techniques. By Catherine
Hess and Karol Wight. Los Angeles : J. Paul Getty Museum, 2005. xi, 95 p.
Note: "This book contains extensive quotations from Glass: a pocket dictionary of terms
commonly used to describe glass and glassmaking by David Whitehouse.
Klein, Dan and Lloyd, Ward, ed. The History of Glass. London: Orbis, 1984.
Liefkes, Reino. Glass. London: V&A, 1997. A history of glassware, primarily vessels & 20th c.
art glass, based on the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Macfarlane, Alan. Glass : a world history. By Alan Macfarlane and Gerry Martin. Chicago :
University of Chicago Press, 2002. xi, 255 p.
Published in 2002 by Profile Books in London as: The glass bathyscaphe : how glass
changed the world. Includes bibliographical references (p. 220-233) and index.
Newman, Harold. An Illustrated Dictionary of Glass. With an introductory survey of
glassmaking by Robert J. Charleston. London: Thames and Hudson, 1977.
Note: Includes definitions of wares, materials, processes, forms, and decorative styles,
and entries on principal glass-makers, decorators, and designers, from antiquity to the
Page, Jutta-Annette. The art of glass : Toledo Museum of Art. Foreword by Don Bacigalupi ;
essays by Stefano Carboni ... [et al.], and contributions by Ellenor Alcorn. 1st ed. Toledo,
Ohio : Toledo Museum of Art in association with D. Giles, 2006. 248 p.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 230-245) and index.
Paterson, Alan J. How Glass is Made. New York: Facts on File, 1985. 32 p.
Juvenile book good overview.
Ricke, Helmut. Glass art : reflecting the centuries: masterpieces from the Glasmuseum
Hentrich in Museum Kunst Palast, Dusseldorf. [Translated from the German by Claudia
Lupri]. English ed. Munich ; New York : Prestel, 2002. 384 p.
Translation of: Glaskunst: Reflex der Jahrhunderte. Includes bibliographical references
(p. 378-381) and index. Illustrations of various glassmaking techniques (p. 359-372).
Shotwell, David J. Glass A to Z . Iola, WI : Krause Publications, 2002. 638 p. (??)
Tait, Hugh, ed. 5000 Years of Glass. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1991.
Note: Includes "Techniques of Glassmaking and Decoration," showing photographs of
Bill Gudenrath demonstrating techniques which are now thought to have been used by
glassmakers in the past.
Whitehouse, David. Glass : a pocket dictionary of terms commonly used to describe glass
and glassmaking. Rev. ed. Corning, N.Y. : Corning Museum of Glass, 2006. 94 p.
Also online on CMoG website: / Resources on Glass.
Zerwick, Chloe. A Short History of Glass. 2nd ed. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1990.

Arwas, Victor. Glass: Art Nouveau to Art Deco. New York, N.Y.: H.N. Abrams, 1987. 384 p.
Augmented version, originally published: New York: Rizzoli, 1977. Includes index.
Bibliography: p. 374-379; glossary: p. 380-382.
Dubin, Lois Sherr. The worldwide history of beads : ancient, ethnic, contemporary. Original
photography by Kiyoshi Togashi. Rev. ed. London : Thames & Hudson, 2009. 396 p.
Note; Previous ed. published as: The history of beads. 1987. Text is exactly the same as the
2009 ed. of History of beads. Includes bibliographical references (p. 384-388) and index.
Duncan, George Sang. Bibliography of glass: (from the earliest records to 1940). London :
Dawsons of Pall Mall for the Society of Glass Technology, Sheffield, 1960. viii, 544 p.
Kohler, Lucartha. Women working in glass. Atglen, PA : Schiffer Pub. Ltd., 2003. 205 p.
Profiles of women glass artists from the 1960s-1990s, primarily from the United States.
Koob, Stephen P. Conservation and care of glass objects. London : Archetype Publications in
association with the Corning Museum of Glass, c2006. 158 p.
Note: Published in association with the Corning Museum of Glass. Includes bibliographical
references (p. 154-155) and index.
Lynn, Martha Drexler. American studio glass, 1960-1990 : an interpretive study. New York :
Hudson Hills Press : Distributed in the U.S. by National Book Network, 2004. v, 168 p.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 163) and index.
Welker, John. Pressed Glass in America: Encyclopedia of the First Hundred Years, 1825-1925.
Ivyland, PA: Antique Acres Press, 1985.
Wilson, Kenneth M. American Glass 1760-1930. 2 vols. New York: Hudson Hills Press; Toledo:
The Toledo Museum of Art, 1994.
Pullin, Anne Geffken. Glass Signatures, Trademarks and Trade Names from the Seventeenth to
the Twentieth Century. Lombard, IL: Wallace-Homestead Book Company, 1986.
Sinclaire, Estelle F. and Spillman, Jane Shadel. The Complete Cut & Engraved Glass of
Corning. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press in association with The Corning Museum
of Glass, 1997. <NK5112.54.F24 1997>

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