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Here Wallace Nutting, the most renowned authority in the field, gives everyone the opportunity to profit by his own experiences throughout a long life devoted to American antiques. He tells the reader where and what to collect, analyzes the special problems of the small collector, lists twenty-one precautions for the beginner. He recounts some delightful collectors' yarns, and describes his own experiences in acquiring historic antiques--most of which are now in museums....more...

Pattern-welded blades are among the most beautiful and durable creations to emerge from the bladesmith’s forge. Now, Jim Hrisoulas, author of The Complete Bladesmith, reveals the secrets of this ancient craft, from the welding of the starting billet to final assembly of the completed blade. Learn basic patterns and stunning, complex designs....more...

Following a completely fictitious scenario that takes in the converted loft of an absent boyfriend, three curvaceous girls play erotic dressing and undressing games in chic, frilly, titillating lingerie. They have a great time; most of it spent wearing bare essentials only, which ensures they will be infallibly appealing......more...

Frederick Litchfield created an enduring classic study of functional art with his Illustrated History of Furniture. This reprinting is presented out of a deep appreciation for the excellent scholarship and many illuminating insights that he so generously shared. The first chapter, which refers to Ancient Furniture and covers a period of several centuries, is introductory to those that follow, rather than a serious attempt to examine the history of the furniture during that space of time. The...more...

Cambridge University Library's collection of illuminated manuscripts is of international significance. It originates in the medieval university and stands alongside the holdings of the colleges and the Fitzwilliam Museum. The University Library contains major European examples of medieval illumination from the ninth to the sixteenth centuries, with acknowledged masterpieces of Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance book art, as well as illuminated literary texts, including the first complete...more...

Splendid wardrobe of 16 costumes for a male and a female figure highlight 1,500 years of Egyptian fashion history. Includes colorful sheath dresses, sari-like cloaks, fringed shawl for the lady; kilts, royal robes, and soldier's uniform for the man. A dazzling window to the past, meticulously researched and rendered....more...

Well over a thousand years old, the tradition of swordmaking in Japan is one of the most highly regarded metal crafts in the world. When all sword manufacture was prohibited in Japan for seven years after World War II, the age-old techniques were in danger of being lost forever. Today, in the hands of a new generation of practitioners, the craft is making a startling comeback. Connoisseurs say that the swords being produced now are the equal of anything made in Japan in the past few hundred...more...

Charming coloring book chronicles 6 centuries of Japanese fashion history in 45 finely detailed black-and-white illustrations. Elaborate warriors, exquisite court ladies, commoners in plain kimonos, entertainers, holy men, and more, all displayed in meticulously rendered costumes. A delight for colorists of all ages and anyone interested in Japanese culture and fashion....more...

This handsome archive depicts richly detailed armor and weaponry dating from the early ninth century to the mid-1700s. Adapted from decorative ornamentation on burial monuments and manuscripts, hundreds of finely executed images depict authentic shields, swords, crossbows, helmets, and ornate suits of body armor for knights and their steeds. 100 black-and-white plates....more...

In recent years, several of America’s leading art museums have voluntarily given up their finest pieces of classical art to the governments of Italy and Greece. The monetary value is estimated at over half a billion dollars. Why would they be moved to such unheard-of generosity? The answer lies at the Getty, one of the world’s richest and most troubled museums, and scandalous revelations that it had been buying looted antiquities for decades. Drawing on a trove of confidential museum records...more...

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