A great book can help us make good decisions, learn something new, explore a new world, or simply escape into a world apart from our own. Sometimes you get it all in one. In the world of antiques & collectibles it always helps to have an all-round general collector’s book that covers a little bit of everything. These types of books are helpful at estate sales, auctions, antique shows, and when you’re sorting through a trunk or house-full of heirlooms and antiques. At Shop.Collect.com there are two all-in-one collector guides to add to your library.
Antique Trader Antiques & Collectibles 2010 Price Guide
Edited by Dan Brownell
Warman’s® Antiques & Collectibles 2010 Price Guide, 43rd Edition
by Mark F. Moran
I value this book as both a reference and a beautiful representation of the diverse hobby of antiques and collectibles. Filled with page after page of full colored images from the world’s leading auction houses, the book is practical, entertaining and remarkably complete in its overview. I especially enjoyed the Depression glass section, which includes detailed information on manufacturers and patterns. Ceramics collectors will marvel at the reference of top-of-the market discoveries.
Of course in addition to these two renowned guides there is a lot more to choose from at Shop.Collect.com, take a look at these other top-selling references:
Dames, Dolls & Delinquents
by Gary Lovisi
This book is risqué romp through the world of sexy pulp fiction paperbacks with the added benefit of commentary from a well-respected and experienced collector. With titles including “Tavern Girl,” “Wild to Possess,” and “Blonde Danger” Lovisi’s comments below some of the book covers are as entertaining as the titles themselves. The timing of the book is in step with the collectors market as sales of pin-up art and related materials are defining the illustrative art market.
Woodstock is the watershed event my parents talked about while I was growing up. My mother had a flower-child streak and when I graduated high school she gave me her carved two-fingered Peace symbol from the late 60s as present. Littleproud and Hague’s book explains why that symbol is so iconic. The stunning recollections of Woodstock were amazing to behold, partly because of the talent behind the concerts and partly because of the logistical challenges of running an event this large. This is a fascinating book worthy of any pop culture fan’s bookshelf.
The entire Warman’s series has seen an impressive upgrade in quality during the past two years. Topics focus on classic antiques that happen to be in vogue at the time. Fleisher’s Modernism book does that in classy form. The reference is conveniently organized by subject area and then by price. This helps both experienced and novice collectors get a sense of form and value. Breakout biographies of Modernism’s greatest designers and detailed color photographs makes this book a must have volume for anyone interested in the growing popularity of this genre.
200 Years of Dolls Identification and Price Guide, 4th Edition
by Dawn Herlocher
Herlocher’s name is synonymous with high-end dolls and quality reference books. Her latest version includes more color photographs and comes with a valuable Compact Disc of 2,000 doll makers’ marks arraigned alphabetically by manufacturer’s name. I was impressed that Herlocher included Barbie but didn’t obsess on the line. Herlocher wisely focuses most of her attention on the dolls collectors are likely to encounter at auctions and shows. Although she includes sections on $200,000+ masterpieces such as those designed by Albert Marque, the section is reserved to two pages. This book is truly for all doll collectors and those with a passing interest in the hobby.
*Check out the CD Doll Makers’ Marks
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