My name is Karen Martin Schwarz and I 'm new to the group.
I have a book, published by Dover titled "Metalwork & Enamelling" by
Herbert Maryon that shows the first edition as 1912. As it 's a
Dover book it may still be available.
Thompson Enamel has several books on the history of enameling.
From their catalog:
On Divers Arts Theophilus, paperback, 1979, 216 pages illustrated.
Translated from the Latin by John G. Hawthorne and Cyrill Stanley
Smith, Dover Publications, Inc., New York. "I have made it my concern
to hunt out this technique for your study as I learned it by looking
and listening." On Divers Arts, c. 1122, is the oldest extant manual
on artistic crafts to be written by a practicing artist. Theophilus
teaches, with rigorous attention to fact but also with great
reverence, the making of pigments for fresco painting, the
manufacture of glue, the technique of gold leaf on parchment (the
first recorded European reference to true paper), how to blow glass
and design stained glass windows, fashion gold and silver chalices,
make a pipe organ and church bells. Precise instruction (earliest
known instruction) on enameling, chasing, repousse, niello, and
beaded wire work prove Theophilus' first-hand knowledge of his
While I have never seen this book, it has been carried by Thompson
for as long as have been dealing with them, which is over 20 years.
They must feel it is worthwhile.