I am offering these books as a adjunct to my work on the Historic Glass Bottle Identification & Information Website.It is primarily a service of sorts to those interested in the history of glass containers and I sell them for close to my expense in acquiring them.This hard to find and well researched book is an excellent source of information on of the common and not so common medicine bottles made during the 19th century.

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Copyright 1995 (apparent first edition/first printing as there is a marked "second printing"), softbound (as all are), 5" x 8.5" in size, 550 pages.

This book is a must have for anyone - collector or archaeologist - who is trying to date the age of American beer bottles made by companies in business from 1876 to 1976.

Softbound (like all of them - no hardbound version) larger format (8 1/2" x 11") book with around a 160 pages.

As the image shows, this is the "gold" cover version; others were printed with gray covers but all seem to have been printed at the same time by the same printing outfit.

: Like with all collectibles and antiques, good advice is always to "Buy the book before the bottle." Knowledge is power and even safety (of your money) when dealing with any collectible - bottles even more so than many other fields of collecting because of the incredible diversity of historic bottles.

Beyond that, the history behind the glass companies that made the bottles - as well as the individuals and businesses that ordered and used the bottles - is simply fascinating..isn't that a big part of why we collect bottles?

This is hands down (in my opinion) the best, most well researched book ever done on the subject of American made bottles - particularly those made from the late 18th through late 19th centuries.

I consider it one of the top five bottle books every published as it is of use by students of American glass making, archaeologists, collectors and those just interested in the subject of American bottle making.

Condition of this example is the best I've ever seen - very good to nearly new with essentially no soiling, wear, or writing inside.

(Click on thumbnail image to see a much larger example.) It is overall very tight and sound for this book which is prone to having multiple loose pages.

Bottle books with historical information about the makers of bottles, the processes involved in producing bottles, and the companies and individuals that purchased and utilized the bottles never loose their value, though the information may be later refined or added to by others. In the end, isn't it the history behind the bottles that intrigues we collectors (and archaeologists)?