Edited, 25 April 2005 - My reference to the Paul Hollister Jr. book being probably the first to include details for cane types was incorrect. I had forgotten about the 1968 work by Patricia K McCawley which is now added to the list below.
In another message, a question was raised about any books on paperweight canes. As with much of the art glass, books on paperweights have not tended to concentrate on specific details such as cane identities.
But there is more interest in this now, particularly within internal club publications such as the UK-based PCC Newsletter and the US PCA Annual Bulletin. With the continued research, authors are beginning to include much more on cane details. However, as yet there is no one book that covers a full range of canes for various makers from the many countries.
For now, the following list covers books that I consider useful for cane considerations:Patrica K McCawley - Antique Glass Paperweights from France, 1968.
Probably the first book to include illustrative details for cane types within maker.Paul Hollister Jr. - The Encyclopedia of Glass Paperweights, 1969.
An excellent reference work that includes line drawings of cane details.George N. Kulles - Identifying Antique Paperweights Millefiori, 1985.
Mostly illustrative sketches but very well drawn and organised. George N. Kulles - Identifying Antique Paperweights Lampwork, 1987.
Same style and content as the Millefiori book, but concentrating on Flowers, Fruit, Petals and so forth.Giovanni Sarpellon - Miniature Masterpieces, Mosaic Glass 1838-1924. 1995.
Excellent reference for a variety of standard millefiori canes and mosaic "picture" canes. Covers Franchini family, Moretti family and Barovier familyJohn D. Hawley - The Art of the Paperweight, The Boston & Sandwhcih and New England Glass Companies, 1997.
Focusing on the two main American 19th century paperweight makers, colour illustrations of many canes are given, with many more clearly seen in photos of actual weights.Andrew H. Dohan - The Dictionary of Paperweight Signature Canes, Identification and Dating, 1997.
This book does not identify general canes but is invaluable for confirming a maker where, for example, a simple "B" or "H" or "P" cane is seen but the weight is otherwise unidentified.Marek Kordasiewicz - Glass Paperweights, The Heritage of the 19th Century Riesengebirge and Isengebirge Glassworks, 2002.
In Polish and English, this book has full colour illustrations throughout. Individual actual canes are shown as well as large images of full weights allowing the canes to be seen clearly.George N. Kulles - Identifying Antique Paperweights The Less Familiar, 2002.
Again, same style as the other two, but with more colour illustrations. Covers later findings on some of the regular companies but also adds details for the likes of Bacchus, Gillender, St. MandÃ©, Russia and Venice.
Many of these books can only be obtained through dealers and perhaps Amazon (etc) or even occasionally through eBay.
Of course, for Ysart canes, although not published in print form, my own web pages are available for all to browse at any time: http://www.btinternet.com/~kevh.glass/