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The Worlds Famous Book on Glass Making (The Art of Glass)

The Worlds Famous Book on Glass Making (The Art of Glass)

The Worlds Famous Book on Glass Making (The Art of Glass)

Professor Michael Cable has edited a new collected volume including the renowned translation by Christopher Merrett of L'Arte Vetraria by Antonio Neri. Merrett translated the Italian's book in 1662, adding his own observations which were almost as long as the original text. "The World's Most Famous Book on Glassmaking" was then quickly translated into Latin, German, French and Spanish and was used as a reference source for glass makers for the next 100 years.

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