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Salt-Glazed Stoneware in Early America

By Janine E. Skerry and Suzanne Findlen Hood

“A must-have volume for all ceramic enthusiasts, Salt-glazed Stoneware in Early America is a long-overdue tribute to the often-neglected but indispensable role that stoneware played in the American context.” – Robert Hunter, editor, Ceramics in America

Stoneware was ubiquitous in colonial and early American homes. In the first comprehensive book on the topic, Colonial Williamsburg curators Janine E. Skerry and Suzanne Findlen Hood chronicle the traditions of stoneware imported from England and Germany as well as the work of American potters.

Drawing on archaeological and documentary sources and featuring objects from Colonial Williamsburg’s holdings as well as public and private collections, the book provides an invaluable overview of the goods found in early America. It is an essential reference for archaeologists, curators, and collectors.

Hardcover with jacket, 288 pages
9” x 11-1/4”
303 color images
ISBN: 978-1-58465-820-7

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M.De Garsault’s 1767 Art of The Shoemaker

An Annotated Translation by D.A. Saguto

"No work about shoemaking and footwear is more significant than Art of the Shoemaker: An Annotated Translation. . . . This book is a fascinating look into the lives and production of eighteenth-century shoemakers and their trade's prominent place in western civilization." –Edward Maeder, Curator of Textiles, Historic Deerfield

Despite the universal importance of shoes to mankind, there has been surprisingly little scholarship on eighteenth-century shoemaking. Now D.A. Saguto, master boot- and shoemaker for The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and the nation's leading researcher on early shoes and shoemaking, presents an English translation the key text from the period: M. De Garsault's Art du cordonnier.

inside pagesIn addition to the translation of Garsault's text, the book includes Saguto's extensive notes, comments from eighteenth-century sources, a facsimile of the French text, and translations of other eighteenth-century writings about shoemaking.

Hardcover with jacket, 304 pages
9" x 11-1/4"
83 color and 8 black and white photos, 325 line drawings
ISBN: 978-0-89672-650-5

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Revolutionary City
Comic Book

By Bentley Boyd

Available now in Colonial Williamsburg bookstores and Williamsburg

Colonial Williamsburg’s popular street theater program is now a colorful comic book!

The book will keep young readers turning the pages. Better yet, they’ll get to choose what page they turn to next. Like the people of Williamsburg before and during the Revolution, readers must decide, for example, whether they are a patriot or loyalist or whether fleeing slavery is worth the risks. What choice you make determines what page you go to next.

The book brings alive scenes and characters from the program, from the American general George Washington to the traitor Benedict Arnold. And it introduces a blues-singing, wise-cracking animal character, John Lee Otter, sure to appeal to kids.

Writer and illustrator Bentley Boyd is best known for his educational cartoons for the Newport News Daily Press.

Paperback, 24 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1-933122-37-3

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By Jan Gilliam and Christina Westenberger
Illustrations by Kathleen Tobin

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A companion to the popular exhibition at the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum

Down on the Farm follows the adventures of Prince, a dog who explores the countryside and along the way meets various friends who, like Prince himself, are based on works of art at the museum. Rooster weather vanes roost on walls, toy sheep graze, and duck decoys swim in the pages of this book. Kids will enjoy not only the story and the pictures but also 34 colorful stickers, all based on art at the museum.

Paperback, 40 pages plus four pages of stickers
7-1/8 x 8-1/2
ISBN-13: 978-0-87935-237-0
SKU: 43362

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By Lawrence D. Griffith
Photography by Barbara Temple Lombardi

Available in Colonial Williamsburg bookstores and online at Williamsburg Marketplace.

Hounds-tongue. Ragged robin. Costmary. Pennyroyal. All-heal. These plants, whose very names conjure up a bygone world, were among the great variety of flowers and herbs grown in America’s colonial and early Federal gardens. In this sumptuously illustrated book, a leading historic plant expert brings this botanical heritage back to life.

page from bookDrawing on years of archival research and field trials in Colonial Williamsburg’s gardens, Lawrence Griffith documents fifty-six species of flowers and herbs and provides details on how they were cultivated and used. For each plant, an elegant period hand-colored engraving, watercolor, or woodcut is presented along with glorious new photographs by Barbara Temple Lombardi.

This book is a dazzling treat for armchair gardeners. It is also an invaluable companion for twenty-first-century gardeners who will appreciate the advice of a master gardener on how to plan, choose appropriate species for, and maintain a beautiful, historic flower and herb garden.

Hardcover with jacket, 304 pages
9-1/4 x 10-1/2, 265 color
ISBN-13: 978-0-87935-238-7
ISBN-10: 0-87935-238-8

Available in Colonial Williamsburg bookstores and online at Williamsburg Marketplace.

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Flower Screensaver

Flowers grown in Colonial Williamsburg gardens make this vivid new screensaver. Try the 8-image trial version free for 14 days, or purchase the full 24-image version for only $4.99. Available for PC and MAC. Learn more.

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And Other Words That Made America

By Paul Aron

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“An entertaining and educational romp through Revolutionary history. Paul Aron uses words and phrases as starting points for the telling of dozens of interesting and delightful stories, and in the process he creates a colorful tapestry of life in the Founding era of America.” Gordon Wood, author of Revolutionary Characters and The American Revolution

page from bookIn We Hold These Truths . . ., you’ll discover:

  • Why Patrick Henry may never have said “If this be treason, make the most of it” and Paul Revere never said “the British are coming”
  • Where Benjamin Franklin found his “Poor Richard” proverbs and Thomas Jefferson his “self-evident” truths
  • Who changed the Preamble of the Constitution from “We the States” to “We the People”
  • How James Otis’s declaration that “taxation without representation is tyranny” led to his going insane
  • How George Washington’s “I can’t tell a lie” spread throughout the land

Hardcover with jacket, 256 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0-7425-6272-1
ISBN-10: 0-7425-6272-7

Co-published by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and Rowman and Littlefield Publishers

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