Novum Librorum

Here you will find a running list of, mainly, new glass related books of interest to both glass collectors, and glass researchers alike.

From Neuwelt to the Whole World / 300 Years of Harrach Glass, by Jan Mergl, ISBN (coming), publishing date 2012.

The first authoritative monograph on the oldest existing glassworks in Bohemia summarizes the findings of the decade-plus archival research and classification of glass collections in Czech and foreign museums. The volume features essays and selected examples of the Harrach glassworks’ output, accompanied by a rich body of illustrations. The book provides a detailed history of Harrach glass, starting with products fashioned in the Baroque style, through its highly varied output in the Biedermeier and Historicism styles, followed by distinctive Art Nouveau forms, and the glassworks’ attempts to adapt its products to the Art Deco and Functionalist styles, all the way to innovative approaches to glass design after 1945, and ending with contemporary glass.

Price:1650 CZK, hardback, 440 pages with over 1000 illustrations. Czech language version available now, English version scheduled for release in July, 2012.

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Loetz Series II, Part 1, by Jitka Lněničková, ISBN 978-80-87235-05-8, publishing date 2011

This massive book, printed in Czech, German and English, features over 900 pages of Loetz designs from 1900-1914.

Contains all of the surviving paper patterns from 1900-1914 (about 5% overlap with the Hatje Cantz CD).

Hardback, with only 300 copies printed!

Price: 2700 CZK, hardback, 916 pages.

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INGRID – Heinrich Hoffman, Curt Schlevogt, by Petr Nový, ISBN 978-80-56397-14-6, publishing date 2012

This is an excellent book for anyone interested in the glass of Curt Schlevogt and/or Heinrich Hoffmann.  Published in conjunction with an excellent exhibition held at the Museum of Glass and Jewelry in Jablonec nad Nisou.  This book was published in Czech, German, and English, with a forward written by “Ingrid” herself!

The Museum of Glass and Jewelry in Jablonec nad Nisou, establshed by the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, was founded in 1904. It is the only museum in the Czech Republic specializing in glass and jewelry. It was awarded the first prize in the Z004 Gloria musaealis competition for the museum of the gear and it was also nominated in the 2005 European museum competition.

Artistic crystalware was born in the Jizera Mountains in the second half of the 1920s under the influence of the extremely successful molded glass production of the Frenchman René Lalique. Thanks to the dedication of companies and the creativity of renowned designers, it quickly gained popularity. It was the birth of a phenomenon which has remained, until present day, the “display window” of Bohemian glass production. The collection called INGRlD, produced by the Jablonec company Curt Schlevogt, is the synonym of this success. Some products made by the Heinrich Hoffmann company in the 1930s are also a part of this collection. Continuous fabrication of many designs till present day proves their timelessness.

For the first time, this book brings to the attention of specialists as well as amateurs,
selections from the biggest museum and private artistic crystalware collection of
Jablonec-based companies Hoffmann and Schlevogt. It reveals some previously unknown
facts and corrects many frequently published errors and misconceptions. It provides
details regarding identification. production dates and location of particular objects.

Price: 390 CZK, hardback, 156 pages.

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Luxury and Decorative Glass – The Production of the Reichs and the Schreibers 1850 – 1918, by Markěta Vejrostová, ISBN 978-80-7027-224-4, publishing date 2010

This book was published in conjunction with of an exhibition with the same title, held in the Moravian Gallery in Brno, CZ.

Here we have a very interesting little book on a glassworks unknown to most.  The book documents the history, along with design book and period exhibition photos of the glassworks.  It also includes a fairly extensive collection of color photos of the pieces on exhibition.  This book should be of interest to anyone with an interest in Bohemian glass, as little is documented on Moravian glass.  This publication provides an insight into the almost unknown production of the Reichs and the Schreibers from 1850-1918 who had some seventeen glassworks, which manufactured and decorated utilitarian and luxury glass similar to other Bohemian companies at the time, such as Harrach, and the like.

Price: 420 CZK, paperback, Czech and English editions, 116 pages.

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Novum Librorum — 2 Comments

  1. Hey there! Someone in my Facebook group shared this site with us so I came to check it out. I’m definitely enjoying the information. I’m bookmarking and will be tweeting this to my followers! Fantastic blog and outstanding design.

  2. Dear friends,
    on your site is the publication Loetz Series II, Part 1, Jitka Lnenicková, ISBN 978-80-87235-05-8, which has made our Museum. Thank you very much for this presentation, but in these data one error – the actual price of this publication is 3700 CZK. Please correct this information.
    With the compliments
    Zdenka Řezníčková
    Museum Director

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