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Glass from Antiquity to the Renaissance: 72 Plates in Full Colour by Giovanni Mariacher.

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DESCRIPTION: Hardback: 157 pages. Publisher: Cameo / Hamlyn; (1970). The origins of glass are shrouded in mystery, but according to tradition, it was accidentally discovered by a group of shipwrecked Phoenician sailors when lighting a fire on a sandy beach. Certainly the Phoenicians traded in primitive glass ornaments as did the ancient Egyptians. When glass blowing was developed, many centers of glass manufacture sprang up and flourished around the Eastern Mediterranean, particularly in Syria and Alexandria.

Meanwhile in Western Europe the art of glass making was established and
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