Books on glass

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The pages linked above list a great many books on early American glass, related decorative arts and European glass. This list is under construction. Entries will be added and annotated as time permits.

No books on glass are completely accurate and many are downright misleading. However, among those listed the following are particularly recommended:

General
American Glass
George S. McKearin and Helen M. McKearin.
Crown, 1941.
The first great book on American glass. McKearin is outdated in many places, but still incredibly useful.
American Glass from the pages of the Magazine Antiques
Volume I: Blown and Molded
Marvin Schwartz editor.
Weathervane books, 1972.
A selection of the best articles on American glass published in the American decorative art's magazine of record. The articles capture the energy and excitement of the early years of collecting and researching Early American Glass.

Regional
New England Glass and Glassmaking
Kenneth Wilson.
Thomas Y Crowell, 1972.
 
Pittsburgh Glass, 1797-1891
Lowell Innes.
Houghton Mifflin Company, 1976.
 

Specific Kinds of Glass
American Bottles and Flasks and their Ancestry
Helen McKearin and Kenneth M. Wilson.
Crown, 1978.
 

Collections
Glass in Early America
Arlene Palmer.
Winterthur / Norton, 1993.
Although ostensibly a catalog of the Henry Francis Dupont collection at Winterthur, this book provides a wealth of details on glass made and used in Early America.
American Glass, 1760-1930. 2 Volumes
Kenneth Wilson.
The Toledo Museum of Art, 1994.
Far more than a catalog of a museum collection, Wilson provides a great deal of new information about all categories of early American glass.

Exhibitions
Artistry and Innovation in Pittsburgh Glass, 1808-1882: from Bakewell & Ensell to Bakewell Pears & Co
Arlene Palmer.
Frick Art and Historical Center, 2004.
Catalog of an exhibition at the Frick museum in Pittsburgh in early 2005.
The Story of American Pressed Glass of the Lacy Period, 1825-1850
James H Rose.
The Corning Museum of Glass, 1954.