Anglo-American Pottery: Old English China with American Views. A Manual for Collectors
Barber, Edwin Atlee
Price: 16.20 USD
Indianapolis, IN: Press of the Clay-Worker, 1899. Blue cloth with embossed lettering; blue/white illus. laid on. 161, xii pp., with 93 bw illustrations. At The Solicitation of numerous collectors of old English china bearing American views, a series of illustrated papers was prepared by the writer and published in The Clay-Worker, of Indianapolis, Ind. In the introductory chapter nothing but a brief review of the earlier Liverpool designs was attempted, because of the scarcity of such pieces at this late day. The main purpose of the compiler was to present as complete a list of the later Staffordshire designs in dark blue and other colors as possible, so classified that the productions of each potter should be grouped together, whereby the identification of unmarked pieces might be facilitated to some extent by means of common border devices. It was not deemed necessary to present detailed descriptions of views, for the reason that they would not be required by collectors who possessed examples of china bearing the designs described, nor carry definite meaning to those who did not. The need of a pocket manual of such china, compact in arrangement and convenient for ready reference, has long been felt. These lists have, therefore, been republished in a form suitable for collectors and others interested in the subject. The numbering of the American designs and border patterns will afford a convenient means of reference among correspondents, and the index at the end will serve as a check list for collections. It was originally intended to indicate the shape of the piece or the size of the plate on which each design occurs, but this classification was found to be well-nigh impossible, on account of the apparent lack of any definite system followed by manufacturers in the decoration of pieces. - http://www.forgottenbooks.com. 1st edition. Good+ (Clean, tight contents but with ex-lib. stamp on title page and bookplate of Robert Sage Griswold, 1899 - of the Connecticut Griswolds - inside front cover; covers soiled but tight).