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Eyewear: Gli Occhiali Paperback – October 1, 1997


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 141 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (October 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811818705
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811818704
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,158,232 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By melhope@flash.net on March 2, 1999
Format: Paperback
I purchased this book as a gift for a fellow costumer friend. Now I want a copy for myself! As far as I know, there is no other resource that focuses exclusively on, or even devotes any space to such a comprehensive and detailed representation of period eyewear. The photographs are beautiful, and the details of the specimens are fascinating. I learned things I never knew about glasses before.
Now I'm tempted to pick up the other titles in this series, especially the ones on hats and footwear. If you're a costumer or reenactor, this is an excellent (and affordable!) resource to have in your library.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By ronm@theinnet.net on March 13, 1998
Format: Paperback
I'm an optometrist and spectacle maker and this is the best book I've found for identifying and dating antique eyewear.
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By jmitch on January 2, 2013
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The best thing this book has to offer in this mini book format are the pictures. I own several eyewear books and some of my older ones have disappointing black and white pics with little contrast. This book, Eyewear (as a collection of Fritz Rathschuler, an optician from Genoa but of Austrian origin) is full of beautiful images... just don't expect a history lesson. I found the two essays muddled and under-cited but not unreadable.

My verdict: Easily worth the $4-6, but to say this book is the best retrospective on eyewear is laughable. It is one man's exquisite collection.

This book focuses HEAVILY on Italian models and opens the short "Non-European" section with a failed Chinese pair. Many good looking French models and lorgnettes as well!
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