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Helene Alexander

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ISBN 10: 071344276X / ISBN 13: 9780713442762
Published by B T Batsford Ltd, London, 1984
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Chronologically arranged history of the origins, structure and development of the various types of fan, 94pp with index, illustrated with 8 colour photographs and 79 black and white illustrations. Part of the Costume Accessories Series. Library stamps to title page and front endpaper, and mark left by removal of date stamp label. Two other small notations in ink to front endpaper, otherwise good copy. Price clipped DJ has some edgewear and a library label, and is covered with a clear protective cover. Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 002081

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Title: Fans

Publisher: B T Batsford Ltd, London

Publication Date: 1984

Binding: Maroon Cloth Boards

Book Condition: Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Good

Edition: First Edition.

Book Type: Ex-Library

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This book traces the history of fans from biblical times to the present day. Fans are made from a wide variety of materials and in numerous different shapes and sizes, and they come from many diverse cultures. Originating as an everyday functional object, the fan rapidly acquired ceremonial and social significance, becoming the utilitarian sceptre of kings, the subject of conversation for blue-stockings of the seventeenth century, the toy of frivolous ladies, the vehicle of revolutionary messages, the sentimental possession of the Victorians, the mirror of the Belle Epoque, and an advertising gimmick. Above all, fans are hand-crafted objects and therefore no two are identical, which makes recording and classsifying them an absorbing and fascinating historical adventure.

About the Author:

Helene Alexander FRSA has collected fans for over thirty years, lectured extensively on this subject in Britain and the USA and has many articles published. She has mounted numerous exhibitions of fans throughout England, usually producing a catalogue, and has sent fans and fan leaves from her collection to France, Germany, Italy and the USA, besides the British Museum and other museums in Britain. She was founder president of the Fan Circle International. In 1991 she founded The Fan Museum and is currently President of the Fan Museum Trust, as well as honorary Director and Curator of this small but unique award-winning specialised museum.

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