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Moss Lipow

Eyewear: A Visual History


Eyeglass designer Moss Lipow trawled eBay, auction houses, garage sales, and flea markets worldwide to amass glasses and photographs for his massive eyewear collection. This book, which traces eyewear's journey over the past 500 and more years, features the best examples from Lipow's collection as well as models from other world-class collections. Considering the wealth of examples included herein — from the most rudimentary whalebone eye guard to curious contraptions fashioned of leather and wood to lorgnettes, pince nez, monocles, aviators, and bedazzled cat-eyes — it's abundantly clear that eyewear has experienced a surprising and fascinating evolution; what was once a purely practical apparatus has grown into a multi-billion-dollar global industry catering to both the visually impaired and the fashionably inclined. Accompanying the wealth of images in this wide-ranging volume are insightful descriptions informed by a wide variety of sources, including ancient texts, old catalogues, vintage magazines, and out-of-print publications of every kind.

  • Hardcover
  • 360 pages
  • Style # 501587658