Blue Book of Dolls & Values (Blue Book of Dolls and Values, 14th Edition)

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9780875885506: Blue Book of Dolls & Values (Blue Book of Dolls and Values, 14th Edition)

The first, favorite, and most trusted, price guide to all types of dolls is even more colorful and reader-friendly in its 14th edition. It is organized into an "Antique" section which covers the manufacturers of the bisque, china, wax, wood, cloth and papier-mache dolls of the 19th and early 20th century and a "Modern" section which covers the makers of composition, hard plastic, vinyl, artists' dolls and more. Arranged alphabetically by manufacturer, the Blue Book features over 560 photographs. This year an extensive, easier-to-read index makes the book easier to use. The introductory section contains sound advice about the factors that affect a doll's value. Advice is also given on how to sell a doll. Indispensable for identifying and pricing all varieties of dolls. 336 pages.

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The name Jan Foulke is synonymous with accurate information. As the author of the Blue Book of Dolls & Values, she is the most quoted source on doll information and the most respected and recognized authority on dolls and doll prices in the world.

Jan and her husband, Howard, who photographs the dolls presented in the Blue Book, were both fond of antiquing as a hobby, and in 1972 they decided to open a small antique shop of their own. The interest of their daughter, Beth, in dolls sparked their curiosity about the history of old dolls-an interest that quite naturally grew out of their love of heirlooms. The stock in their antique shop gradually changed and evolved into an antique doll shop.

Early in the development of their antique doll shop, Jan and Howard realized that there was a critical need for an accurate and reliable doll identification and price guide resource. In the early 1970s, the Foulkes teamed up with Hobby House Press to produce (along with Thelma Bateman) the first Blue Book of Dolls & Values, originally published in 1974. Since that time, the Foulkes have exclusively authored and illustrated the thirteen successive editions, and today the Blue Book is regarded by collectors and dealers as the definitive source for doll prices and values.

Jan and Howard Foulke now dedicate all of their professional time to the world of dolls: writing and illustrating books and articles, appraising collections, lecturing on antique dolls, acting as consultants to museums, action houses and major collectors, and selling dolls by mail order, the internet, and exhibits at major shows throughout the United States. Mrs. Foulke is a member of the United Federation of Doll Clubs, Doll Collectors of America, and the National Antique Doll Dealers Association. Her biography appears in Who's Who in the East.

Mrs. Foulke has appeared on numerous television talk shows and is often quoted in newspaper and magazine articles as the ultimate source for doll pricing and trends in collecting. Both USA Today and The Washington Post have stated that the Blue Book of Dolls & Values is "the bible of doll collecting."

In addition to her work on the fourteen additions of the Blue Book of Dolls & Values, Jan Foulke has also authored: Focusing on Effanbee Composition Dolls; A Treasury of Madame Alexander Dolls; Kestner; King of Dollmakers; Simon & Halbig, the Artful Aspect; Focusing on Gebruder Heubach Dolls; Doll Classics; Focusing on Dolls; China Doll Collecting; German 'Dolly' Collecting, and Doll Buying and Selling. She has been a regular contributor to Doll Reader magazine for 27 years (since the beginning). Her current columns are the popular Antique Q&A and Guide to Antique Dolls.

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