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Collector's Encyclopedia of Depression Glass, 19th Edition Hardcover – Illustrated, July 10, 2009
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After nineteen editions, almost 40 years, and over 4,000 pages, goodbye is very difficult to say. So instead Collector Books would like you to join us in celebrating the retirement of Cathy and Gene Florence. For the nineteenth, and last time, we present Collector's Encyclopedia of Depression Glass by America's leading glassware authorities. Every edition has included new information and up to date prices.
About the Author
A collector since childhood, Gene Florence's hobby of buying and selling glassware turned into a full-time career. First writing a book on Depression Glass, Florence has gone on to author many popular glassware titles including books on Depression Glass; Occupied Japan Collectibles; Kitchen Glassware; Very Rare Glassware; 40s, 50s, & 60s Glassware;Elegant Glassware; Stemware; Glassware Pattern Identification; Anchor Hocking's Fire-King; Glass Candlesticks; and Salt & Pepper Shakers.
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Well, the 19th edition is almost identical to the 18th edition with the exception of prices. That is not a bad thing. (I created a real index for 18th ed, so when I updated it the 19th edition I saw only a few pages were modified). They have FINALLY gotten realistic with pricing, the common pieces dropped by 50% and the rarer pieces dropped by 25% or so. I know dealers and hoarders don't like it, but sky-high prices stopped casual collectors dead in their tracks. With shipping, eBay prices come out about right for MINT pieces. Prices at retail don't regularly sell above this book price (you'll see plenty marked higher, but they've been sitting on the shelf for years.)
This is the best book out there for dealers of depression glass, but the authors/publisher once again forgot a usable index or table of contents. To make matters worse, some patterns are still alphabetized as No. ###. No index of alternate names (some patterns have 3 or 4 commonly used names). The table of contents is the same as the alphabetical listing by page, totally useless. The official company name is the pattern name it is ordered under, regardless of the popularity of other names.
Pictures are great. Verbiage for patterns normally indicates the marketability of the pattern, but wish there was a prominent "popularity score" above each color the pattern comes in. Some colors in some patterns have absolutely no buyers, at any price above a buck or two, which is an extremely valuable piece of information. Would recommend using --,-,+,++.
They use a purist definition of depression, so you'll have to also buy the 40s 50s 60s book and the Elegant Glassware book to complete your reference of what is commonly known as depression glass (the Mauzy's book is much better at selecting patterns to include). There are pictures for about 1/2 of the pieces available, and generally a larger closeup for pattern identification. My success of pattern identification from the photos is probably 95% (best we've seen). Reproductions are listed in the back, not as useful as being integrated into the "real" pattern pages but still very useful.
If you are a collector, I would highly recommend purchasing this book before it goes out of print. The authors have retired. This is considered the "bible" of depression glass.
Use this book in conjunction with Florence's "Glassware Pattern Identification Guide" to have a complete reference in identifying true depression glass vs. reproductions and fraud. If you collect on the road, have these books handy to help you make intellgent decisions for the correct patterns and prices.
Florences "Glassware Pattern" book provides good pictures for identification but the 16th Edition "Depression Glass" Encyclopedia goes further, providing excellent detailed information on the manufacturers, patterns and discussion on what patterns were found to be reproduced later in different colors or using old molds. The descriptions also detail differences in similar patterns and how they vary slightly. This information helps the buyer from purchasing one pattern by mistake, especially when using the internet.
In conjuction with both books I mentioned here, you will become further educated on Depression Glass, therefore, a more informed buyer.
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