Selections from The Rakow Library


Rakow Library Atrium
March 19, 2015 to May 17, 2015

Glimpse a few of the wonders from The Rakow Library, the world’s largest collection on the subject of glass and glassmaking. This choice selection of objects included books, correspondence, artist books and notebooks, and other rare items. Among the objects on view were Antonio Neri’s 1612 L’arte vetraria (The art of glass), a work about glass so groundbreaking that King Charles II of England owned a copy of the first English translation. There were also batch books, which carried the carefully guarded recipes and experiments by such glassmakers as Amory Houghton Jr., son of the founder of Corning Glass Works. Also on view was Gustav Friedrich Faassen’s travel journal which documents his educational journey as a glazier trainee and glass manufacturer.

Comment l'acteur dit en son prologue son intention en divisant son livre contentant le voyage de Hierusalem par mer & par terre, & exhortant les princes crestiens à faire la conqueste de la terre de promission, laquelle est le propre heritage des crestiens, en tant que Iesucrist est leur père. - Library
[Perfume manufacturer's sample book]. - Library
De proprietatib[us] rerum / Bartholomeusanglicus. - Library
[Glass casket catalog]. - Library
Workmen in Tiffany Studios [photograph]. - Library
Study for three lancet window [art original] : central lancet with figure study for 'The Dawn' and side lancets with wreaths and garlands. - Library
Coloured sketch for one of two lunettes above The Eve of St. Agnes window [art original]. - Library
[Preparatory drawing for Erbium Chandelier] [art original]. - Library
Recipes for making flint & colored glass, some old & some new [black square-shaped notebook]. - Library
L'arte vetraria distinta in libri sette / del R.P. Antonio Neri Fiorentino. - Library