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The Worldwide History of Beads

Ancient . Ethnic . Contemporary

Lois Sherr Dubin

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‘The definitive work on beads for both scholar and enthusiast’ British Jeweller


Since its first publication in 1987 as The History of Beads, this book has become the world’s definitive guide for bead lovers, collectors and scholars. Beautifully packaged with a new cover, this volume – now available in paperback – is a must-have for devotees of the first edition and for the next generation of bead obsessives and aficionados.


'A bible for the collector'
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'The major reference work currently available on all beads'
The Bead Society of Great Britain

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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Size: 29.8 x 22.7 cm

Extent: 396 pp

Publication date: 26 January 2015

ISBN: 9780500291771

Contents List

Foreword by Robert K. Liu • Introduction: Why a Book on Beads? • The Beginnings • Antiquity: From Neolithic Times to the Roman Empire • Europe: The Late Roman Empire to the Renaissance • Prayer Beads • The World of Islam • The Age of European Expansion • Africa • The Far East: China, Korea and Japan • India • Central Asia • Southeast Asia and the South Pacific • Middle and South America • North America • The Special Beads: Amber and Pearls • The Magical Eye Bead • Contemporary: Europe and North America • Bead Shape Table • A Timeline of Bead History • Timeline: Key • Timeline: Glossary

About the Author

Lois Sherr Dubin graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in landscape architecture and a strong background in ecology. Her international practice in this field enabled her to travel widely and to obtain beads from many countries. The History of Beads was her first book, the result of more than 30 years of research, collecting and lecturing on beads.

Kiyoshi Togashi is an award winning New York based photographer, who specializes in graphic and elegant photographs for top food, botanicals & still life clients.

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