Bookshelf provides descriptions and notices of recent publications on Pennsylvania subjects.

The Pennsylvania Farm Museum has released a catalog to a recent outstanding exhibit (currently showing at the William Penn Memorial Museum in Harrisburg) entitled The Wood Carvings of Larkin Scull, with a biographical introduction to the artist by Dr. Milton Flower. The book, compiled by Vernon S. Gunnion with a forward by Robert N. Sieber, is brilliantly illustrated in both color and black and white. To order, send $4, plus $1.25 for mailing charges, to the museum at 2451 Kissel Hill Rd., Lancaster 17601.


Temple University Press, Broad and Oxford Sts., Philadelphia 19122 has published two titles directly related to Pennsylvania’s past. Friends and Neighbors: Group Life In America’s First Plural Society, edited and introduced by Michael Zuckerman, is a group of eight essays by young historians of the colonial period dealing with the state as a pattern for the nation. The 255-page book is priced at $27.50. Philadelphia Communists, 1936-1956, by Paul Lyons, is a 256-page description and evaluation of the city’s communist community. It sells for $22.50. Both books can be purchased through the Order Department of the press.


The Folk Tradition: Early Arts and Crafts of the Susquehanna Valley, compiled by Richard Barons, is a monograph which goes beyond being simply a catalog of a 1977 exhibition held at the Roberson Center for the Arts and Sciences. The book (220 pages) is richly illustrated and can be ordered from the Roberson Center, 30 Front St., Binghamton, NY 13905, for $20 plus $2.25 for mailing.


William F. Trimble, editor of The Western Pennsylvania Historical Magazine, is the author of High Frontier: A History of Aeronautics in Pennsylvania, recently published by the University of Pittsburgh Press. The book sells for $12.95 from the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania, 4338 Bigelow Blvd., Pittsburgh 15213. Please include $1.50 for postage and handling and 6% sales tax for Pa. residents.


The Tarentum History and Landmarks Foundation, Box 1776, Tarentum 15084 has released Tarentum Pattern Glass (1884-1918) by Robert Irwin Lucas. The limited, hard-bound edition surveys the history and patterns of the Challinor Taylor, Richards & Hanley, and Tarentum Glass Companies. The 432-page, illustrated book is $14.95, plus sales tax (when applicable) and $1 postage and handling.