All Buttons Great and Small: A Compelling History of the Button, from the Stone Age to Today

Exisle. Oct. 2023. 304p. ISBN 9781925820836. $34.99. PERSONAL GROOMING
Godoroja channels her passion for buttons into her first book. Named after the author’s button store in Newtown, Australia, this work traces a meandering path through the history of buttons. Each chapter focuses on a different type of fastener or garment decoration and the materials used to make them. The book is not arranged chronologically, so certain parts about when and where different buttons were made overlap and are a bit repetitive. The wide-ranging work contains a significant bibliography and comes close—but not quite—to being a scholarly text.
VERDICT Libraries in communities with historical ties to button-making or readers who are interested in manufacturing’s past may enjoy.
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