Describing as it does an exceptional number of individual pieces, The Collector’s Encyclopedia of Antiques is one of the most important and comprehensive reference works for collectors to emerge in recent years. The sixteen main sections each deal with a main category of collectible items, and, where appropriate, each is divided into geographical sub-sections– American, English, Continental European, and Oriental collectibles are covered.
In all of the sections, introductory and technical information is followed by a history of the subject, and then by the main feature of the book, a sequence of photographs, some 1800 in all, of representative pieces, accompanied by descriptive text, concise and full of information valuable to the collector. In addition to the black and white photographs, some 200 line drawings are provided for further clarification of marks and other matters of detail. At the end of each main section the reader will find yet more information, on maintenance and repairs, fakes and forgeries, important museum collections, as well as glossaries and bibliographies.
The 704 pages include 64 in full colour, containing 77 original photographs, all of them attractive and above all, informative. All the contributors are outstanding authorities in their fields.
Condition – Slightly worn, especially on dust jacket – Otherwise OK