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David E:
The Curious History of the Bulb Vase
by Patricia Coccoris

Publisher: Cortex Design
Published date: March 2012
ISBN-13: 978-0-956809612

Forewords by the RHS historian, Dr Brent Elliott and our very own Mark Hill
Botanical advice from Dr Martyn Rix
This book is the definitive study of the 300 year history of the bulb vase.

The Curious History of the Bulb Vase looks at the extensive range of bulb vases that appeared in Great Britain from the mid-18th century to date. Not only did they capture the imagination of Victorians, the sheer numbers produced are staggering.

Much of the credit for the success of bulb vases can be placed at the feet of George Piercy Tye, a Birmingham industrialist who designed and produced the most innovative of glass bulb vases.

Although interest in bulb vases trailed off in the early part of the 20th century, it is now showing something of a revival. Modern vases, such as those designed by Dartington Crystal and Margaret Howdle, demonstrate that the art and the interest in this area are as high as ever.

Book Mechanics
▶ Page size 210 x 270mm: large format, full colour
▶ 295 pages
▶ Heavily illustrated: over 750 images, illustrations and photos

* Photos of original vases
* Vintage photos
* Illustrations of original patents
* Scans from original Victorian pattern books: Richardson, Stuart, Stevens & Williams, Thomas Webb, plus others▶ Quality silk-art paper
▶ Binding: hardback
▶ Silk laminated cover, with spot-UV varnish
▶ Price: 38 (45)

The book is to be launched at two major venues, where Patricia will be signing her book:
RHS Wisley, 27th and 28th March 2012, in co-operation with the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS)
National Glass Fair, Birmingham, 6th May 2012, in co-operation with the organisers

Additionally, there is a members-only event at the Bloembollenglazen club [Bulb Vase Club] in Holland. For more information on joining this club, please e-mail Patricia who can pass on details to the organiser.

Two other events are also planned (also in co-operation with the RHS):
RHS Cardiff, 20-22nd March 2012
BBC Gardeners' World Live at the NEC, Birmingham, 13-17th June 2012

More information from Patricia's new website, which will add any updates to the research.
For more information on purchasing the book:

David E:
Book cover. Because of the background gradient, it has not been easy to compress it, hence the small size - please go to Patricia's website for the larger images.

David E:
A quick update:

The book is expected to be received from the printers on Tuesday 20th March.

David E:
I note that since the forum was updated, several of the characters in the original posting have become corrupted. To clear this up:

▶ Page size 270 x 210 mm: large format, full colour
▶ Price:38 pounds (45 Euros)

Fixed in original post


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