Anyone looking for an introduction to current thinking about Italian Sigillata could do worse than consulting the following four books:
- Ettlinger, E. (1990). Conspectus formarum terrae sigillatae Italico modo confectae
- Marabini Moevs, M. T. (2006). Cosa : the Italian sigillata
- Oxé, A., H. Comfort and P. Kenrick. (2000). Corpus vasorum Arretinorum : a catalogue of the signatures, shapes and chronology of Italian sigillata
- Poblome, J. et al, eds. (2004). Early Italian sigillata : the chronological framework and trade patterns : proceedings of the First International ROCT-Congress, Leuven, May 7 and 8, 1999
Here's how one would do when looking for these titles at various libraries.
| ||Conspectus||Cosa||OCK||Poblome et al.|
|Berkeley||On shelf||On shelf||On shelf||On shelf|
|Cincinnati||On shelf||On shelf||On shelf||On shelf|
|Columbia||Offsite||Not held||On shelf||On shelf|
|Harvard||On shelf||On shelf||Off site||"no online circulation information"|
|Michigan||Not held||On shelf||On shelf||On shelf|
1: I chose the libraries somewhat arbitrarily. I use the Columbia library. Harvard is the largest university library system in the US. Cincinnati, Michigan and Berkeley all have strong graduate programs in Classical Archaeology.
2: The table obscures some detail. In particular, only the Burnham Classical Library at Cincinnati houses all these volumes in a single building. The other library systems distribute them between a main library, an art history library, and/or off-site storage.
Despite the fact that moving a volume "off site" is a terrible thing to do, this post isn't really a complaint. In fact, the table suggests that one's ability to study Italian Sigillata isn't half-bad if you live within convenient distance of a major research library. And there's always ILL.
Regular readers of this blog can probably guess that I'm itching to launch into a diatribe about how archaeologists would be better served if all this information were online. Take that as a subtext. For now, I'll just mention that Google Books lists "No preview available" for all these titles. That is a bummer.