Paperback: 142 pages
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing (March 1994)
Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.8 x 11 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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After 20 years working in Africa and collecting beads, I find this the best book of its type for people actually going into African markets, American bead shows, and flea markets looking to buy rare or collectible beads. It is not the right book for someone who doesn't yet know the basics about where and how the major types of beads are/were fabricated, how they have traveled, and the ethnographics associated with their past and present uses. (For those subjects, try Dubin, J. Allen, Liu, Picard, and Beckworth's Africa Adorned.) But for ballpark pricing, comparisons, and availability, there's nothing better in print.
A fine book to get into the basics of bead identifacation, collecting, history and methods of manufacture. Oloff, the bead hoarder says: "Ouf Da! I'm glad all those antique dealers have not found this great little guide!" Price lists are allways interesting and never reliable, this is the case with this book. Very worthwile, lot of great info and pics, lots cheaper than those BIG books.
I got a used book but you could not tell that someone had owned it before me. It is basically what is says: beads of the world. It is not a new book, but it is good book for reference.
IS MY OPINION OF THIS BOOK. NOT ALL BEADS ARE PRICED AND NOT TOO INFORMATIVE.
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