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Seller: ancientgifts (4,777) 100%, Location: Lummi Island, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 123574338147 Jewelry, 7000 years: An International History and Illustrated Survey from the Collections of the British Museum by Hugh Tait. NOTE: We have 75,000 books in our library, almost 10,000 different titles. Odds are we have other copies of this same title in varying conditions, some less expensive, some better condition. We might also have different editions as well (some paperback, some hardcover, oftentimes international editions). If you don’t see what you want, please contact us and ask. We’re happy to send you a summary of the differing conditions and prices we may have for the same title. DESCRIPTION: Hardcover with Dustjacket. Publisher: Abrams (1987). Pages: 255. Size: 11½ x 9 x 1 inches; 3 pounds. The previous edition of this exhaustive survey was published to critical acclaim by the British Museum Press. Since publication, the museum has expanded its collection, with major acquisitions of pieces from Europe and Asia. The new edition includes a complete revision of the section on Europe after 1700, plus revisions to the sections on Celtic Europe, Roman Britain, cameos and finger rings. More comprehensive than before, this reference remains the finest and most beautifully illustrated history of jewelry ever published The book explores the varied styles, techniques and materials used to make jewelry in many civilizations throughout the world and across the millennia. Egyptian necklaces, Celtic torcs, South American gold masks, Renaissance pendants and Art Nouveau buckles are examples of the range of the masterpieces described and illustrated with 400 superb photographs. “7000 Years of Jewelry” takes readers on an impressive tour that includes, among other times and places: The Middle East: 5000-2000 BC Egypt: 1500-900 BC Phoenician, Greek, Etruscan and Persian Lands: 850-325 BC China, Celtic Europe, Mexico and Peru: 600 BC-AD 600 The Mediterranean, India, Egypt, Roman Britain and Byzantium: 325 BC-AD 600 Europe, China, Korea and Japan: 300-1000 Mayan Central America: 600-1000 Central and South America: 500-1500 Europe, Islam, China, Korea and Java: 1000-1500 China, India, Tibet and Mongolia: 1500-1850 West Africa: 1500-1800 Europe: 1500-1950. CONDITION: VERY GOOD. Lightly read (merely flipped through?) hardcover w/dustjacket. Abrams (1991) 255 pages. The book appears to have been merely flipped through a few times, at worst, read once by someone with a very light hand. The inside of the book is almost pristine; the pages are clean, crisp, unmarked, unmutilated, tightly bound, seemingly only flipped through a few times. From the outside the covers and dustjacket evidence only very mild edge and corner shelfwear. With respect to the dustjacket this is principally evidenced as very mild crinkling to the spine head and heel of the dustjacket, as well as the dustjacket's top "tips" (the top open corners of the dustjacket, front and back). Beneath the dustjacket the full cloth covers are clean and unsoiled, and like the dustjacket, evidence faint edgewear/crinkling at the spine head and heel. We would also note that the inside dustjacket flaps are yellowed at the edges. Overall it's a very clean copy, a weak "like new", or a very strong "very good (plus)". Notwithstanding the fact it has clearly been flipped through a few times (or perhaps at worst, read once), the overall condition is not too terribly far removed from what might pass as "new" stock from an open-shelf book store (such as Barnes & Noble, or B. Dalton, for example) wherein patrons are permitted to browse open stock, and so otherwise "new" books are often a bit "shopworn" exhibiting mild superficial handling/shelf/browsing wear. Satisfaction unconditionally guaranteed. In stock, ready to ship. No disappointments, no excuses. PROMPT SHIPPING! HEAVILY PADDED, DAMAGE-FREE PACKAGING! #7599.1c. PLEASE SEE DESCRIPTIONS AND IMAGES BELOW FOR DETAILED REVIEWS AND FOR PAGES OF PICTURES FROM INSIDE OF BOOK. PLEASE SEE PUBLISHER, PROFESSIONAL, AND READER REVIEWS BELOW. PUBLISHER REVIEWS: CHAPTER HEADINGS:: The Middle East: 5000-2000 BC Egypt: 1500-900 BC Phoenician, Greek, Etruscan and Persian Lands: 850-325 BC China, Celtic Europe, Mexico and Peru: 600 BC-AD 600 The Mediterranean, India, Egypt, Roman Britain and Byzantium: 325 BC-AD 600 Europe, China, Korea and Japan: 300-1000 Mayan Central America: 600-1000 Central and South America: 500-1500 Europe, Islam, China, Korea and Java: 1000-1500 China, India, Tibet and Mongolia: 1500-1850 West Africa: 1500-1800 Europe: 1500-1950. REVIEW: Jewelry is one of the oldest forms of decorative art. Totally unconnected civilizations, separated by the vast barriers of time and space, have discovered the intrinsic beauty of certain minerals and metals. Gold in particular attracted craftsmen in ancient Egypt some 5,000 years ago as much as it does the jewelers and designers of today. This panoramic history, illustrated with the world-renowned collections of the British Museum, reveals the varied styles, techniques, and materials that have delighted men and women for centuries. Ancient Greek necklaces, Celtic torcs, renaissance pendants, and Art Nouveau buckles are among the masterpieces specially photographed for this book and described by a team of experts from the British Museum. Clear, concise introductions establish the historical background for each region and period so that the jewelry can be appreciated not only for its craftsmanship and beauty, but also within the context in which it was created and worn. Separate sections on cameos, rings, and amulets discuss the particular uses these objects have been put to throughout time. The areas covered in this comprehensive volume include Egypt and Western Asia, Africa and the Middle East, ancient Greece and Rome, China, Korea and Japan, Europe, Byzantium and Turkey, Central and South America, and India and Tibet, among other regions and countries, spanning fully 7,000 years. Hugh Tait, the editor, is Deputy Keeper of Medieval and Later Antiquities at the British Museum. He is author of “The Waddesdon Bequest” and “Clocks and Watches”, and editor of “The Art of the Jeweler”, the catalog of the Hull Grundy gift of jewelry, engraved gems, and goldsmiths’ work to the British Museum. In 1976 he organized the British Museum’s highly acclaimed exhibition “Jewelry Through 7,000 Years”, the original inspiration for this book.” PROFESSIONAL REVIEWS: REVIEW: The New York Times Book Review said of this book, "It is a mind-boggling feat, this survey of 7,000 years of glittering memorabilia of lost empires, royal egos, superstition and sentiment." This comprehensive volume is one of the best and most beautifully illustrated histories of jewelry available. 400 illustrations, 250 in full color. REVIEW: For the layman or the scholar, “Jewelry: 7,000 Years” is an essential companion. READER REVIEWS: REVIEW: This book surveys jewelry from as early as 5000 BC to the mid 20th century and showcases work from all over the world. What I like about this book is that there are lots of photos, both color and black and white. Most of the photos are large, and all of them show clear details. Since the book covers so much time and geographic area, there is not a lot of information on each time/culture, but that's understandable. An inspiring book for the jewelry designer, a great coffee table book for everyone else! REVIEW: Better than average photos and informative text. The examples are by definition museum quality. If you are inspired by the designs captured by antiquities, this is a fabulous survey. The level of skill and craftsmanship required to make some of these pieces is astounding. I could not put it down! REVIEW: The history of jewelry from seals and signet rings and male-focused pieces, to religious devotion pieces, to tokens of affection and marriage is fascinating. You will be surprised at how many of these pieces have influenced contemporary jewelry REVIEW: A really beautiful and comprehensive book. There is a lot of silver and enamel work and carved gemstones, as well as gold items. REVIEW: The book is quite interesting, the pictures are superb I always ship books Media Mail in a padded mailer. This book is shipped FOR FREE via USPS INSURED media mail (“book rate”). All domestic shipments and most international shipments will include free USPS Delivery Confirmation (you might be able to update the status of your shipment on-line at the USPS Web Site) and free insurance coverage. A small percentage of international shipments may require an additional fee for tracking and/or delivery confirmation. If you are concerned about a little wear and tear to the book in transit, I would suggest a boxed shipment - it is an extra $1.00. Whether via padded mailer or box, we will give discounts for multiple purchases. International orders are welcome, but shipping costs are substantially higher. Most international orders cost an additional $9.99 to $37.99 for an insured shipment in a heavily padded mailer, and typically includes some form of rudimentary tracking and/or delivery confirmation (though for some countries, this is only available at additional cost). There is also a discount program which can cut postage costs by 50% to 75% if you’re buying about half-a-dozen books or more (5 kilos+). Rates and available services vary a bit from country to country. You can email or message me for a shipping cost quote, but I assure you they are as reasonable as USPS rates allow, and if it turns out the rate is too high for your pocketbook, we will cancel the sale at your request. ADDITIONAL PURCHASES do receive a VERY LARGE discount, typically about $5 per book (for each additional book after the first) so as to reward you for the economies of combined shipping/insurance costs. Your purchase will ordinarily be shipped within 48 hours of payment. We package as well as anyone in the business, with lots of protective padding and containers. All of our shipments are sent via insured mail so as to comply with PayPal requirements. We do NOT recommend uninsured shipments, and expressly disclaim any responsibility for the loss of an uninsured shipment. Unfortunately the contents of parcels are easily “lost” or misdelivered by postal employees – even in the USA. That’s why all of our domestic shipments (and most international) shipments include a USPS delivery confirmation tag; or are trackable or traceable, and all shipments (international and domestic) are insured. We do offer U.S. Postal Service Priority Mail, Registered Mail, and Express Mail for both international and domestic shipments, as well United Parcel Service (UPS) and Federal Express (Fed-Ex). Please ask for a rate quotation. We will accept whatever payment method you are most comfortable with. If upon receipt of the item you are disappointed for any reason whatever, I offer a no questions asked return policy. Send it back, I will give you a complete refund of the purchase price (less our original shipping costs). Most of the items I offer come from the collection of a family friend who was active in the field of Archaeology for over forty years. However many of the items also come from purchases I make in Eastern Europe, India, and from the Levant (Eastern Mediterranean/Near East) from various institutions and dealers. Though I have always had an interest in archaeology, my own academic background was in sociology and cultural anthropology. After my retirement however, I found myself drawn to archaeology as well. Aside from my own personal collection, I have made extensive and frequent additions of my own via purchases on Ebay (of course), as well as many purchases from both dealers and institutions throughout the world - but especially in the Near East and in Eastern Europe. I spend over half of my year out of the United States, and have spent much of my life either in India or Eastern Europe. In fact much of what we generate on Yahoo, Amazon and Ebay goes to support The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, as well as some other worthy institutions in Europe connected with Anthropology and Archaeology. I acquire some small but interesting collections overseas from time-to-time, and have as well some duplicate items within my own collection which I occasionally decide to part with. Though I have a collection of ancient coins numbering in the tens of thousands, my primary interest is in ancient jewelry. My wife also is an active participant in the "business" of antique and ancient jewelry, and is from Russia. I would be happy to provide you with a certificate/guarantee of authenticity for any item you purchase from me. There is a $2 fee for mailing under separate cover. Whenever I am overseas I have made arrangements for purchases to be shipped out via domestic mail. If I am in the field, you may have to wait for a week or two for a COA to arrive via international air mail. But you can be sure your purchase will arrive properly packaged and promptly - even if I am absent. And when I am in a remote field location with merely a notebook computer, at times I am not able to access my email for a day or two, so be patient, I will always respond to every email. Please see our "ADDITIONAL TERMS OF SALE." Condition: Very good. See detailed condition description below., Material: Paper, Provenance: Ancient Rome, Publisher: Abrams (1991), Format: Oversized hardcover with dustjacket, Length: 255 pages, Dimensions: 11½ x 9 x 1 inches; 3 pounds

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