Firstly the author of the product description above describes Spode as a "minor manufacturer",which is like calling Ford an occasional producer of a few cars.
Secondly the blurb inside from several sources descibes a wonderful book.
Then you flick through and see some awful illustrations. Printing plates in just blue and white instead of black and white sounds like a good idea but the reality leaves a lot to be desired, mostly detail. I have seen better illustrations with more detail on cigarette cards less than a quarter if the size of the illustrations here. Even worse are the blue and white illustrations against a blue background. Usually the cliche that a picture is worth a thousand words might prove true but in this case the number is reduced to dozens rather than hundreds.
The text is excellent especially in its lack of devotion to the ubiquitous italian pattern, one of the longest production runs in the history of potting.Another bonus is less than three and a half pages on the willow pattern.
A helpful guide lists the original period engravings which inspired the spode patterns and helps put into some perspective our assumtion that all was influenced by the japanese and chinese imports, whereas Spode used indian and italian sources for some of its original wares.
A good book for its text, but the plates are wanting.