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We have selected some new or recent books as well as some favourite classic books on British Glass. Click on the book cover or title to see more information.
- 20th Century British Glass (Nov 2009) by Charles Hajdamach. The follow up to Charles' earlier book on British Glass 1800-1914. Even bigger and thicker, full of wonderful information and pictures. This is a book to treasure.
History of Glassmaking in London (2013) by David C. Watt. A fascinating book about the development of the glass industry on the banks of the Thames in London from Medieval times to the early 20th century. Carefully researched and full of details it describes the glassworks and output of Sir Robert Mansell, Ravenscroft, Apsley Pellatt, Powell and many others.
Whitefriars Glass: The Art of James Powell and Sons (Oct 96) by Lesley Jackson. Very comprehensive information and masses of good quality colour pictures. This book was prepared to accompany a Whitefriars glass exhibition.
British Glass 1800-1914 (Dec 92) by Charles Hajdamach. One of the best books on all kinds of British Glass pre 1914, with sound information and plenty of coloured pictures.
Millers 20th Century Glass (2006) by Andy McConnell. Very good coverage of the main British and European glassworks and leading designers. Numerous excellent illustrations.
The Art of Glass : Art Nouveau to Art Deco (1997) by Victor Arwas, Susan Newell, Sunderland Museum and Art Gallery. An excellent book on European glass with very good coverage of the British glass companies of the period.
Whitefriars Glass : James Powell & Sons of London (1996) by Wendy Evans, Catherine Ross, Alex Werner. A superb book, lavish illustrations, detailed history of the company. An excellent complement to the Lesley Jackson book on Whitefriars Glass listed above.
Sowerby: Gateshead Glass (Aug 1986) by Simon Cottle. This is "the" book for identifying and understanding Sowerby Glass. It doesn't matter that its an old book - the information doesn't date. Published by the Tyne and Wear museums service.
The Jacobites and their drinking glasses (revised 2001) by Geoffrey B. Seddon.
Nineteenth Century British Glass by Hugh Wakefield. Good covereage of the early 19th C glass including cut crystal, Victorian coloured glass, engraved glass but only a short piece about pressed glass.
- Glass-makers: Pilkington, The Rise of an International Company, 1826-1976 (Nov 1977) by T. C. Barker.
- English Pressed Glass by Raymond Slack (Oct 1987). An excellent reference book on English glass factories in the late 19th century. Particularly good coverage of Sowerby, Davidson, Greener, Heppell, Moore and the Manchester area glassworks. Includes a table of registration numbers.
- The Identification of English Pressed Glass, 1842-1908 by Jenny Thompson (Jan 1990).
- An Alarming Accident, or Every Glass Tells a Story: The Forgotten Engraved Glass of North East England (Sep 2008) by John Brook and William Cowan. Disaster Glass research results.
- Victorian Decorative Glass 1850-1914, by Mervyn Gulliver, (2002). Good coverage of elaborate Victorian hand-blown and coloured glass including Richardson, Stevens and Williams, Stuart, Webb, Boulton and Mills, Burtles Tate, and John Walsh Walsh.
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