Friday, December 5, 2014

Dec. 05

A short history of glass

This popular survey of glass production from pre-Roman times to the present is most notable for its fine color illustrations, which depict museum pieces from the Corning Museum of Glass. Obviously intended for museum visitors who are nonspecialists, the text covers a lot of ground in rather brief fashion. Collectors would be better served by a survey such as Paul Vickers Gardner's Glass , a volume from the Smithsonian Illustrated Library of Antiques (1979) that deals with the same topic in more detail. Library collections serving researchers will need histories that are more extensive than this one. Recommended only for nonspecialized collections.
- Constance Ashmore Fairchild, Univ. of Illinois Lib., Urbana-Champaign  -amazon-

An introduction to the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution / introduction by Abram Lerner

Animals in ArtAn International Exhibition of Wildlife Art : Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada Oct. 7-Dec. 14, 1975

Drawings from Stockholm : a loan exhibition from the Nationalmuseum 

The Great War, 1914-1918 / Ian F.W. Beckett.

The war left a long-term legacy for victors and vanquished alike. It created new frontiers, changed the balance of power and influenced the arts, national memory and political thought.
The reach of this acount is global, showing how a conflict among European powers came to involve their colonial empires, and embraced Japan, China, the Ottoman Empire, Latin America and the United States. --amazon--

Ordered to die : a history of the Ottoman army in the First World War 

Outnumbered and outgunned, the Ottoman Army performed astonishingly well in the field and managed to keep fighting until the end of the war, long after many other armies had quit the field. It fought a multi-front war against sophisticated and capable enemies, including Great Britain, France, and Russia. Erickson challenges conventional thinking about Ottoman war aims, Ottoman military effectiveness, and the influence of German assistance.  --amazon--

Origins : the evolution of continents, oceans, and life / written and photographed by Ron Redfern.

The Earth is slowly but constantly changing from within. Over the last 700 million years, continents have come and gone, oceans have been formed and destroyed and the climate has radically changed. These changes have left physical evidence behind, presented in this book in aerial photographs.  --amazon--