Lustre Pottery.London: Metheun & Co., 1920 Stock Code: 127306
First edition, with the bookplate and strictly contemporary ownership inscription of Bernard Rackham, who spent twenty years as head of ceramics at the V & A and is credited with "putting ceramic studies in England on a firm footing" (ODNB). This, "the first book in English on lustre pottery" (Spectator, 13 November 1920), offers an overview of the history of this technique, illustrated with photographs from some of the world's most important collections. Lady Maria Evans married John Evans in 1892 and became stepmother to the archaeologist Arthur Evans, who won large renown after discovering the Minoan civilisation.
Quarto. Original blue cloth, title gilt to spine and front cover, gilt device to front cover.
Frontispiece and 23 tissued guarded photogravure plates.
Contemporary review affixed to front free endpaper, bookplate of Ruth and Bernard Rackham on front pastedown, contemporary ownership inscription to half-title, publisher's presentation stamp to title. Lightly rubbed at spine and extremities, whitened on the edges, corners bumped, some foxing and browning throughout, a couple of pencil annotations. A very good copy.
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