Hi Everyone. It’s been awhile since I’ve updated the Bottlebible Blog as well as other sections of the website, but I’ve had a good reason. I wish I could say I’ve been buried in a privy digging for bottles, or digging and metal detecting in the Tonopah, Nevada for some Wyatt Earp treasures, but instead I’ve been buried, but having fun, writing the newest edition of the bottle book, “Bottles: Identification and Price Guide”, 8th Edition, scheduled to be published in the March/April 2016 time frame. As with the first seven editions, I’ve been incorporating all of the positive feedback, and working hard to live up to the nickname “The Bottle Bible” given the book by collectors, clubs, and dealers. So, I wanted to provide a sneak preview of what to expect.
In order to continue making the “8th Edition” the most informative reference and pricing guide available, and to provide the beginner and veteran collector with a broad range of detailed pricing information and reference data, major updates and additions have been included in this revised edition. Based on numerous request by the Pot Lid collectors, the 8th edition is introducing a special new chapter on one of the fastest growing segments to complement bottle collecting, “Pot Lids”, along with a special chapter featuring the “Corning Museum of Glass” located in “Corning, NY, and home to the world’s major important and finest collection of glass spanning 3, 500 years.
In addition to a number of valuable illustrations, this new edition will also feature 700 stunning color photographs throughout the book. Also included in this update is not only total and complete pricing updates and revisions for both the “Old Bottles” (pre-1900) and “New Bottles” (post-1900) sections, but to assist the collector to better visualize the items, approximately 85% of all the line items, specifically in the “Old Bottle” section, now include a color photograph to complement the line item pricing. With this newest added feature, the book now provides the collector with a total of approximately 2800 color photographs, and a unique value-added research source to help with the identification of your bottles.
In order to help you better understand the details of how to price and evaluate your bottles, the “Determining Bottle Values” chapter has been updated and expanded along with the reference and research sections on “Trademarks”, “Bottle Clubs”, “Bibliography”, and the “Glossary” of glass related terms. This edition also includes extensive updates and revisions to essentials of the hobby, such as the “History and Origin of Glass and Bottles”, how to start a collection, “Basic Bottle Facts”, “Bottle Sources”, bottle handling techniques, and one of my favorites, “Digging for Bottles”, which features the digging adventures of Charlie Cook and Terry Guidroz and their crew, from New Orleans, Louisiana.
As a reminder, while you’re anxiously (I Hope) waiting for the 8th Edition, the 7th Edition of the book, along with the 1st Edition of the “Picker’s Pocket-Guide-Bottles”, is still available at all retail Book Stores as well as all On-Line venues, to help with all of the Bottle Collecting questions and needs. If you don’t want to mess with the Book Stores or On-Line sites, you can still order the books through me by sending a check or money order to:
Mike Polak, PO Box 30328, Long Beach, CA 90853:
– 7th Edition of “Bottles: Identification and Price Guide” – $30.00 ($24.99 Book & $5.01 Priority Shipping)
– 1st Edition of “Picker’s Pocket Guide-Bottles” -$21.00 ($14.99 Book & $6.01 Priority Shipping)
That’s it for now. Remember, “Always Have Fun with the Hobby of Bottle Collecting”
Mike (Alias the Bottleking)