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Extraordinary cigarette lighters can be found in the strangest of
places--in a garage sale, at a swap meet, perhaps even in your own
basement. This convenient, revised and updated handheld guide
introduces a history of lighters through a comprehensive,
alphabetical presentation of styles, organized according to company
name and dating from the late 1800s through the 1980s.Well-known
makers such as Dunhill, Ronson, Evans, Scripto, and Zippo are
included, as well as unusual lighters from lesser known companies.
Never before has a book shown such variety of lighters with this
much detail and color: over 800 lighters are illustrated along with
current updated market values, along with over 35 new images.
Whether you are a collector of lighters or interested in design,
this book will give you insight into the style, beauty, and value
of cigarette lighters. And once you start collecting, it may be
hard to break the habit!
Potamikon attempts to solve a question that has perplexed scholars
for hundreds of years: Who exactly is the man-faced bull featured
so often on Greek coinage? It approaches this question by examining
the origin of the iconography and traces its development throughout
various Mediterranean cultures, finally arriving in Archaic and
Classical Greece in the first millennium BC. Within the context of
Greek coinage, the authors review all the past arguments for the
identity of the man-faced bull before incorporating the two leading
theories (Local River Gods vs. Acheloios) into a new theory of
local embodiments of Acheloios, thereby preserving the sanctity of
the local rivers while recognizing Acheloios as the original god of
all water. The second part of the book exhibits many of these
`Sinews of Acheloios' as they appear throughout the Greek world on
bronze coinage, in each case paying careful attention to the
reasons a specific group adopted the iconography and shedding
further light on the mythos of Acheloios.