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Identifying Common Materials in Antiques: A Pocket Guide By David Cycleback
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Written by the prominent art and artifact historian and authentication expert David Cycleback, this small book is an introduction to identifying common materials found in antiques, artifacts,... More > collectibles and memorabilia. Materials covered include glass, plastics, stone, wood, paints, paper, metals, cloth, gems and leather. As a primer, it doesn't intend to 'cover it all,' but gives the introductory basics to identifying many common materials collectors will come across, from bakelite to amber to uranium glass to marble.< Less
Authenticating Art and Artifacts: An Introduction to Methods and Issues By David Cycleback
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Written by the prominent art and artifacts scholar Cycleback, this book is a primer and survey of standard methods and issues in the identification, authentication, fake and forgery detection of art,... More > artifacts and collectibles, from ancient artifacts and famous paintings to antique toys and trading cards. Topics include stylistic and historical analysis, scientific testing (including radiometric dating, thermoluminescence testing, spectroscopy, microscopy and artificial intelligence analysis), basic research methods, material and process identification, provenance, altered forgeries, the limits of science and analysis, and more. Authentication involves many aspects and perspectives working together, from nuclear physics to art history, and this book is written for all those invested or interested in the topic, including museum workers, scientists, historians, students, appraisers, lawyers, collectors and those simply interested in how famous artworks and relics are authenticated and forgeries identified.< Less
A Brief Introduction to Ancient Counting Systems For The Non-Mathematician By David Cycleback
Paperback: $11.00
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Written by a prominent artifact historian, this booklet is a short introduction and beginner's guide to historical counting systems, including Ancient Egyptian, Inuit, Greek, Hindu, Babylonian,... More > Chinese and Mayan. This primer is intended for the non mathematician, so the reader can learn to read and understand numerals in several languages. The book does not go into advanced calculations.< Less
Strange Beauty By David Cycleback
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A follow up to 2014 Eric Hoffer Award Finalist Return Trip, Strange Beauty is a further look at aesthetic and artistic biases, information processing and the limits of human knowledge. The short... More > book is written in the author's unique non-linear style mixing academic insight with humor and offbeat subjects. As he wrote in Return Trip, "My job as a writer isn't to make the hard easy. It's to make the hard hard." Cycleback is an art historian and award-winning author who has written extensively in the areas of art history and authentication, cognitive science and philosophy. He was a 2013 Eric Award Finalist for his book Conceits: Cognition and Perception, and his guides Judging the Authenticity of Prints by the Masters and Judging the Authenticity of Photographs were the first comprehensive books on the subjects published in China.< Less
I Miss Me Too By David Cycleback
eBook (PDF): $5.00
“I've noticed that the shinier my earrings the less likely people are to notice the bleakness of my soul and the corrosiveness of my heart. Nice sweater, sharp shoes and I get by fine.” A... More > quirky and unsettling follow up to the cognitive science book Conceits, I Miss Me Too indirectly touches on the previous themes of narrative, ambiguity and perception and the more personal subjects of love and mental illness.< Less
Art Perception By David Cycleback
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A complex and fascinating question is why do humans have such strong emotional reactions and human connections to art? Why do viewers become scared, even haunted for days, by a movie monster they... More > know doesn't exist? Why do humans become enthralled by distorted figures and scenes that aren't realistic? Why do viewers have emotional attachments to comic book characters? The answer lies in that, while humans know art is human made artifice, they view and decipher art using the same often nonconscious methods that they use to view and decipher reality. Looking at how we perceive reality shows us how we perceive art, and looking at how we perceive art helps show us how we perceive reality. Written by the prominent art historian and philosopher Cycleback, this book is a concise introduction to understanding art perception, covering key psychological, cognitive science, physiological and philosophical concepts.< Less
Judging the Authenticity of Photographs (Fifth Edition) By David Cycleback
eBook (PDF): $6.00
Fifth Edition. Written by the prominent art historian and authentication expert David Rudd Cycleback, Judging the Authenticity of Photographs: The Basics for Collectors covers the essentials to... More > identifying, dating, understanding and authenticating photographs from the origins in the 1800s to today. It covers the whole range of photos, from tintypes to Polaroids, cabinet cards to wirephotos, salt prints to family snapshots, movie stills to real photo postcards. Topics include identification of photo processes, dating styles, identifying images made from the original negatives, stamps and tags, identifying fakes and reprints, and more. A concise guide essential for starting collectors and amateur genealogists to veteran auctioneers, dealers and historians.< Less
Return Trip By David Cycleback
Paperback: $12.50
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"Looking at visual illusions and how they work show us that reality and human perception of reality are different things." Return Trip is a shortened, chopped-up and transformed version of... More > prominent art historian Cycleback's earlier published works on aesthetics, psychology, epistemology and philosophy of art. It examines aesthetic perception and cognitive biases in relationship to information processing and the search for knowledge. The aleatory structure and narrative is at turns academic, comic, poetic and psychological. Cycleback was a 2013 Eric Hoffer Award Finalist for his book Conceits, much of that work incorporated into Return Trip. Reprinted by Beijing's Three Shadows Art Center, his books Judging the Authenticity of Photographs and Judging the Authenticity of Prints by The Masters were the first comprehensive books on the subjects published in Chinese.< Less
Judging the Authenticity of Photographs (Fifth Edition) By David Cycleback
Paperback: $23.00
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Fifth Edition. Written by the prominent art historian and authentication expert David Rudd Cycleback, Judging the Authenticity of Photographs: The Basics for Collectors covers the essentials to... More > identifying, dating, understanding and authenticating photographs from the origins in the 1800s to today. It covers the whole range of photos, from tintypes to Polaroids, cabinet cards to wirephotos, salt prints to family snapshots, movie stills to real photo postcards. Topics include identification of photo processes, dating styles, identifying images made from the original negatives, stamps and tags, identifying fakes and reprints, and more. A concise guide essential for starting collectors and amateur genealogists to veteran auctioneers, dealers and historians.< Less
Identifying Antique Commercial Printing Processes, And the Basics of Authenticating Antique and Art Prints By David Cycleback
Paperback: $19.00
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This black-and-white print version on the online guide reprints previously published articles by the prominent art scholar and authentication expert David Cycleback. The book focuses on identifying... More > standard printing processes, but includes additional chapters on authenticating and dating antique and fine art prints, and gives the essential basics for collectors, sellers, historians, students and art enthusiasts. Along with showing how to identify etchings, engravings, lithographs, photoengravings, woodcuts and other processes, topics include identifying and dating paper, how to identify modern reproductions and forgeries, alterations, proofs, editions, states, provenance, how to research the works of famous artists, and offers a plethora of practical tips. Director of Center for Artifact Studies, Cycleback is widely recognized as one the world's leading authorities on prints and photographs authentication.< Less

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