AntiquesCatalog_Spring2015 - page 19

2015 new books
Southwestern Indian Bracelets:
The Essential Cuff
• A design history of a popular Native American jewelry form, its regional context, and enduring appeal
• Covers the time period from 1868 to 1970, and the bracelets’ post-1980 legacy
• These bracelets are beloved by celebrities, fashion designers, and those who prize American wearable art
This design history of Southwestern Indian bracelets examines their start in 1868 up through 1970, and the post-1980
legacy that honors those first 100 years.More than 360 color photos illustrate the history.The book begins by examining
sources for designs and how styles came into being, followed by a look at historic, vintage, curio, and post-1980 bracelets
that reflect the new Native Style. Learn how Native Americans have always made essential contributions to design by
tracking ongoing craft innovation and social change, and howpopular culture impacts the individual artists who create
this jewelry form. Whether featured on eBay, sold on QVC’s home shopping channel, or seen in the pages of
O, The
Oprah Magazine
, old and new Southwestern Indian cuff bracelets are an integral part of today’s finest jewelry-making.
Paula Baxter,
author of the first published
Encyclopedia of Native American Jewelry
, also wrote
Southwest Silver Jewelry
Southwestern Indian Rings
. A former art librarian and curator, she now teaches college in the New York metro area.
Size: 8 1/2" x 11" • 366 color images • 176 pp.
ISBN: 978-0-7643-4868-6 • hard cover • $39.99
Paula A. Baxter, Photography by Barry Katzen
Ancient, Beautiful, and Earth-Altering
• Comprehensive coverage and 636 beautiful images of Earth’s oldest fossil
• Learn how stomatolites altered the Earth, where to find them, how to collect them, and where they exist today
• Presented in a nontechnical manner for readers wanting to learn about these ancient fossils
A colorful look at 3.5 billion years of stromatolites, peculiar structures produced by primitive life forms that lived over
vast spans of geologic time. At once diverse, attractive, and sometimes puzzling, fossilized stromatolites are found
worldwide in sedimentary rocks—often presenting striking patterns—where they grew in ancient bodies of water that
covered parts of the earth billions of years before the dinosaurs. This reference presents a basic, nontechnical account,
along with 636 beautiful images of these most ancient of Earthly collectibles. Stromatolites, and the cyanobacteria
that produced most of them, were responsible not only for the fossils themselves, but also, more importantly, for the
introduction of free oxygen into the planet’s atmosphere. Covering a diverse variety of stromatolites and the geologic
objects that can resemble them, this book is a delight for stromatophiles as well as those curious about the early Earth.
is an avid admirer and collector of stromatolites, algalmats, and any rocks of a stromatolitic andbiogenic origin.
Bruce Stinchcomb
, a retired professor of geology, has an interest in stromatolites, the oldest clear evidence for life.
Size: 8 1/2" x 11" • 636 color images • 160 pp.
ISBN: 978-0-7643-4897-6 • soft cover • $29.99
Bob Leis, Bruce L. Stinchcomb, Illustrations by Terry McKee
Collectors’ Guide to the Amphibole Group
• Comprehensive treatment of the amphibole mineral group
• Explains scientific aspects in a way that can be understood by the layman and collector
• Color photos show the minerals in their geological context
The amphibole group is extremely important, widespread, and beautiful, with a structure that can accommodate a
bewildering variety of compositions and potentially hundreds of unique specimens. This timely volume will allow
mineral collectors to understand how the amphiboles are organized and named, and to relate obsolete names to
currently accepted ones. Over 140 full-color crystal images help the reader visualize the important structural features
that define amphiboles and control their physical properties. This reference also provides information that collectors
need to know to better understand the group and to learn what the specimens teach us about geological processes.
Structural chemistry and taxonomy of the group is explored as well as formation and geochemistry, explaining the
kinds of environments where amphiboles are formed. An entry for each mineral series provides locality information
along with identification photos wherever possible, and examples that one might expect to find in the varied locales.
Robert Lauf
holds a PhD inMetallurgical Engineering, and has conducted wide-ranging scientific research in fields
ranging from nuclear fuel to microwave processing and biomineralization. He has been granted over 40 U.S. patents,
and has written 14 books on mineralogy for the collector.
Size: 8 1/2" x 11" • 144 color photos • 96 pp.
ISBN: 978-0-7643-4870-9 • soft cover • $19.99
Robert Lauf
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