The Glass Flowers at Harvard

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ISBN-13: 978-0963440501
ISBN-10: 0963440500
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard Univ Glassflowers (September 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0963440500
  • ISBN-13: 978-0963440501
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.8 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #302,775 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 13, 2000
Format: Paperback
This contains the history behind the famous glass flower collections at the Peabody Museum. It is packed full of beautiful photographs and you will be amazed how realistic (and unlike glass) these creations are! Simply excellent.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David B Richman on July 4, 2010
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I have visited the glass flower exhibit at Harvard twice and these exquisite reproductions never cease to amaze. They are as well-produced as is possible for human hands and most cannot at first be told from the real thing. In fact I had to convince myself that they were really glass!

The book "The Glass Flowers at Harvard" by Richard Schultes and William Davis and produced by the Botanical Museum of Harvard University gives the reader some idea of these remarkable models. The photography of Hillel Burger was certainly difficult as each model had to be removed and photographed in a special way to avoid breakage and to produce the best likeness. In this the photographer succeeded remarkably well.

The models themselves were produced not by an unknown and unreproducible method, but by an extremely tedious and exacting methodology that few people would take the time to duplicate. The Blascha's glass techniques, developed in Dresden, Germany, could only be done by people of enormous patience and talent. The models are a treasure and one of the most worthwhile collections to see in Boston. I recommend the book highly, but better still see the glass flowers in person!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Ebert on May 1, 2009
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This book contains stunning photos of the Blaschka's glass art, as well as information on the plants -- and is not out of print. I've seen it for sale for visitors to the Harvard Museum of Natural History in on the University campus in Cambridge, MA, where the over 3,000 amazing Blaschka glass models of plants, flowers and fruits are on permanent display. Definitely worth a visit, if you're ever near Boston.
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By lrodgers on January 30, 2013
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The book is as described, like new except for slight page discoloration due to age. Really appreciated the back story of the glass flowers and how the collection came to be. The photos are lovely, but the flowers are so realistic that you can't tell they're glass! Very satisfied.
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