New York: Rizzoli, (1998). 084782098X. First edition. Olive cloth cover. 4to. 11-3/4" x 9". Illustrated endpapers. 224 pp. Fine condition. / Dust jacket has a little wear at top of spine, otherwise fine. Item #354
From the world's foremost collector, here is the new, fully illustrated standard guide to America's first golden age of tile making. This book presents more than 2000 tiles, arranged geographically and chronologically, made by more than 100American potteries and manufacturers from the Civil War to the 1940s. Full-color photographs illustrate these collectible and rare tiles from all regions of the United States, as well as historic landmark tile installations, from the New York subway to Catalina Island. Tile collectors will appreciate the meticulously researched history of each pottery, biographies of tile makers, and rare examples (seldom seen even in museums) from little-known potteries in Norman Karlson's personal collection. A sampling of tile backs aids in identifying tiles, and a comprehensive bibliography and glossary make this an essential reference for the collector.