Early American Craftsmen (1920)
by Walter A. Dyer (The Century Co., 1920) 150 pages, 3.94Mb
Dyer''s classic work on the pre-eminent American craftsmen - men whose work was only vaguely appreciated a hundred years ago. Collecting antiques was apprently an off-beat hobby at the time this book was written, as will be apparent by the prevailing prices quoted for Revere silver, Phyfe furniture, Willard clocks and Bennington pottery. Only about twenty books on the subject had been published at the time, by authors such as Singleton, Lockwood, Barber, and Earle - all of whose works are bedrock classics, as well. It would be almost a decade before better-known authors such as Wallace Nutting echoed Dyer''s passion for Americana and the finest of our nation''s decorative arts.
The original book included about a hundred illustrations, all of which have been carefully preserved. As their combined, full-scale digital size would make a fully-illustrated PDF edition too large for convenient download, all the the illustrations are "thumbnailed" in the text, and available in a full-scale resolution at http://www.DigitalAntiquaria.com/EAMC.
The Digital Edition (Adobe PDF 1.4) is published in portrait orientation; fully-searchable, fully-printable.