Dear Readers,

As you may have seen elsewhere, in mid February my wife and I suffered the loss of our home in a fire, in the hills of central Massachusetts. The good news is that we got out safely and had no animals in our care at the time. The fire crews were able to contain the fire from spreading, in what turned into a 3-alarm, 5-hour-long ordeal in subzero temperatures; they did amazing work, and no one was injured. The bad news is that all of my physical historical materials and research of 30 years have gone up in smoke. As a result I have decided to suspend this blog for the time being. It will remain online as a resource for those interested in the history of glass and glassmaking in the seventeenth century and beyond. I do intend to resume writing when I can, but for now my time and energy are required in getting us back on our feet.

Friends are providing temporary shelter for us nearby and our intention is to rebuild as soon as possible. To those who have reached out with a steady hand, to those who have opened their wallets, and offered advice in our time of need, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. In what are already difficult times for all of us, you have made a huge difference in our lives.

Paul Engle
6 March, 2021


Paul Engle is an independent researcher with a long standing interest in Antonio Neri. The following is a short list of his previously published writing on the subject:

Antonio Neri, L'Arte Vetraria, the Art of Glass, Paul Engle, ed., tr. (Hubbardston, Massachusetts: Heiden & Engle, 2003-2007), vv. 3.

Paul Engle, "Depicting Alchemy: Illustrations from Antonio Neri's 1599 Manuscript," in, Glass of the Alchemists: Lead Crystal–Gold Ruby, 1650-1750, Dedo von Kerssenbrock-Krosigk, ed. (Corning: The Corning Museum of Glass, 2008), pp. 48-61.

Antonio Neri [videorecording]: the man behind the myth / by Paul Engle; The Corning Museum of Glass.
Artist/Author: Corning Museum of Glass. Seminar on Glass (47th: 2008: Corning, N.Y.)
Publisher: Corning, N.Y.: Corning Museum of Glass, 2008.

Pieter Boer, Paul Engle, "Antonio Neri: An Annotated Bibliography of Primary References", in Journal of Glass Studies, v. 52 (2010), pp. 51-67.

Maria Grazia Grazzini, "Discorso sopra la Chimica: the Paracelsian Philosophy of Antonio Neri" in Nuncius, 2012, v. 27, pp. 411-467. (English translation by Paul Engle).

Paul Engle, Conciatore, the Life and Times of 17th Century Glassmaker Antonio Neri.
2014, pp. 394.  A biography of the famed alchemist, glassmaker and Catholic priest.

Antonio Neri, L'Arte Vetraria, Paul Engle, ed., tr. A new English translation by Paul Engle, Revised 2nd edition, will be on sale in 2016.

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