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Books by David Cycleback

This page lists art history, authentication and other non-fiction books by art historian David Cycleback. The books are available in both paper book books for sale and as free pdf ebook downloads.


Return Trip

**2014 Eric Hoffer Award Finalist** (117 pages) "Looking at visual illusions and how they work show us that reality and human perception of reality are different things." Return Trip is a shortened, chopped-up and transformed version of prominent art historian Cycleback's earlier published works on aesthetics, psychology, epistemology and philosophy of art, including 2013 Eric Hoffer Award Finalist book Conceits and the semi-memoir I Miss Me Too. It examines aesthetic perception and cognitive biases in relationship to information processing and the search for knowledge. The aleatory structure and idiosyncratic, personal narrative is at turns academic, comic, poetic, unsettling and psychological.

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Forensic Light: A Beginner's Guide

(9"x6", 88 pages) This small book is a primer on ultraviolet, infrared and visible light in forensic science, art and collectible examination, commerce and daily life. Topics include infrared examination of paintings, currency and license counterfeit detection, invisible ink writing, crime scene investigation, the light techniques used in forgery detection of trading cards, posters, historical documents, art glass and other collectibles, creating glow in the dark and more. Written for the amateur scientist, junior detective and art and memorabilia collector and dealer.

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Guide to Sports Photographs

(8x11, 120 pages, paperback) The standard guide to identifying, dating, understanding and authenticating sports photographs from the origins in the 1800s to today. Illustrated in black and white, the book covers the whole range of sports photography, from tintypes to cabinet cards, wirephotos to snapshots, real photo postcards to panoramas.An essential guide for collectors, dealers, auctioneers and sports historians.

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Judging the Authenticity of Photographs

"A standard work for collectors of photographs," Photograph Collection News ... "Very valuable," Valery Lobko, author of History of Belarusian Photography ... The essentials to identifying, dating, understanding and authenticating photographs from the origins in the 1800s to today. It covers the whole range of photos, from tintypes to Polaroids, cabinet cards to wirephotos, salt prints to family snapshots, movie stills to real photo postcards. Topics include identification of photo processes, dating styles, identifying images made from the original negatives, stamps and tags, identifying fakes and reprints, and more. A concise guide essential for starting collectors and amateur genealogists to veteran auctioneers, dealers and historians. Illuatrated in black and white.

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Judging the Authenticity of Early Baseball Cards

"Must Read," SlantyCouch.com ... "Counterfeit baseball cards have been around for decades, but with prices for vintage material on sometimes lofty ground, it's best to understand what's real and what isn't before you make a major purchase. Long-time authenticity expert David Rudd Cycleback shares his knowledge in 'Judging the Authenticity of Early Baseball Cards,' Sports Collectors Daily .... The standard authentication guide for Pre-1930 baseball cards. Essential reading for starting collectors to seasoned dealers, the brief guide offers everything from common sense tips for avoiding fakes to advanced techniques used to judge the age of cardstock and printing. Illuatrated in black and white.

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Judging the Authenticity of Prints by The Masters

"A good starting point for novice collectors," The Business of Art, University of Sydney ... "Those persons who happen to have an Old Master print lying about will appreciate (this)," The Scout Project, University of Wisconsin- Madison ... Judging the Authenticity of Prints by The Masters is a brief primer for starting collectors, investors and art fans. The book covers the essential basics to making sound judgments about the authenticity, or lack thereof, of prints by artists from Dali to Warhol. Topics include printing process and paper identification, how to research an artist's work, states, editions, provenance, letters of authenticity and standard methods for identifying common fakes and reprints. Illuatrated in black and white. The book has been used in college and university art and art education courses.

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Looking at Art and Artifacts

Looking at Art and Artifacts is pocket sized book that quickly touches on a variety of curious topics, from identifying jade to op art, tempera painting to Chinese ancient artifact export laws. A quick entertainment for the curious mind.

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A Brief Introduction to Ancient Counting Systems For Non-Mathematicians

This 54 page booklet is a short introduction and beginner's guide to historical counting systems, including Ancient Egyptian, Inuit, Greek, Hindu, Babylonian, Chinese and Mayan. This primer is intended for the non mathematician, so the reader can learn to read and understand numerals in several languages. The book does not go into advanced calculations..

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An Introduction to Identifying Common Materials in Antiques

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(100 pages pdf ebook, 8"x11"-- feel free to print out) This is an illustrated beginner's guide to identifying common materials (metals, wood, ceramics, glass, etc etc) in antiques.

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RR Auction January 2013 Photography Auction Catalog (Co-author, cataloguer)

RR Auction January 2013 Photography Auction Catalog (Co-author, cataloguer). Major historical photography auction(100 pages pdf ). Cycleback was lead photography expert and co-author of photography descriptions. Heavily illustrated and showcasing rare and premium photographs from the 1800s tot today.

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