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ANGUS-BUTTERWORTH, L.M. (Lionel Milner), 1900-1994 : THE MANUFACTURE OF GLASS.
London : Sir Isaac Pitman & Sons, 1948. First edition. A short history of Egyptian, Roman and Venetian glass, followed by full sections on composition and properties (including colour; plant; manufacture (cut glass, pressed glass, window glass, plate glass, tubing, optical glass, etc.), products and uses, etc. The numerous illustrations include photographs of glassware from the "Britain Can Make It" exhibition of 1946. With a bibliography.
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REDGROVE, H. Stanley (Herbert Stanley), 1887-1943 : THE CREAM OF BEAUTY : A LITTLE BOOK OF BEAUTY CULTURE, CONTAINING MANY RECIPES FOR USEFUL TOILET CREAMS AND LOTIONS.
London : William Heinemann (Medical Books), 1931. First edition. An attempt at demystifying and encouraging good and safe practice in the largely unregulated first great age of make-up – with chapters on the cure of ugliness; care of the face; care of the hands; materials used; cold cream; vanishing creams; emollient creams – both greasy and non-greasy; mud-pack treatment; face powder; rouge and lipstick; toilet waters and lotions; care of the hair; preparations for the hair, and the problem of superfluous hair.
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ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS : VICTORIAN AND EDWARDIAN DECORATIVE ART : THE HANDLEY-READ COLLECTION.
London : Royal Academy of Arts, 1972. First edition. The exhibition catalogue of the superb collection assembled by Charles Handley-Read (1916-1971) and his wife Lavinia (1917-1971) – furniture, ceramics, glass, metalwork, sculpture, paintings, drawings, tiles, books, textiles, enamels, etc.- from the 1830s through to the early twentieth century. From the library of the distinguished illustrator and architectural historian Geoffrey Fletcher (1923-2004), with his contemporary ownership inscription recording two visits to the exhibition, his detailed annotation regarding a number of the exhibits, and (on the endleaves) his own impromptu drawings recording two of the items not illustrated in the catalogue – a gouache by Samuel Palmer and a small oil by Joseph Crawhall.
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VERNON, Charles : THE SWEET SHOP : A HANDBOOK FOR RETAIL CONFECTIONERS.
[London : Sir Isaac Pitman & Sons, 1939]. First edition. A comprehensive view of the world of the pre-war sweet-shop, toffee-hammers, dorothy bags and coconut ice – with material on stock, ordering, window displays (with some wonderful plates), serving, staff, accounts, fitting and layout, tax, insurance, and the additional lines (cigarettes, ice cream, biscuits and books – with eleven pages on running a library).
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