Although we may take it for granted in modern life, glass is one of the most versatile, beautiful and mysterious of man's inventions. In this, the first book on the archaeology of glass, Ruth Hurst Vose presents a survey of glassmaking history and technology, and a practical guide to glasshouse excavation.
After outlining the extraordinary properties of the metal which have made it so vital to man, she traces the origins of glassmaking in the ancient world - in Mesopotamia, Egypt and Rome. She follows the course of European glassmaking the from the Middle Ages to modern times, including the brilliant period during the Venetian Renaissance when many ancient techniques of colouring and shaping glass were rediscovered and exquisite new ones devised, and when the clear 'cristallo' was finally perfected.
She goes on to examine British glassmaking from the Bronze Age to the twentieth century, and the archaeological evidence so far discovered in Britain. Using the evidence of contemporary documents and prints she describes how early glass furnaces operated, how glass was fired and blown and decorated, what the 'gaffers' and potmakers did.
Book in overall great condition, sleeve and pages in great condition. The dust jacket has not been price clipped.