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on 6 January 2010
As an experienced collector of powder compacts and powder boxes, I found the book disappointing.
Despite being in the title of the book, the subject of compacts isn't dealt with in any great depth. The book merely skims over the fashion influences on them decade by decade.
I also found the photographs of compacts to be very poor. Too many of the compacts were in black and white, very shabby and in poor condition. One item in particular, a silver and enamel vanity case shown on page 107, had it's cord handle missing. The handle was a significant part of this compact, as it was used to carry the piece instead of placing it in a handbag. This is simply not good enough for a book that is supposed to be taken seriously by collectors.
Anyone wishing to really learn about compacts and to see magnificent examples would be better advised to spend £15.00 to join the ' British Compact Collectors Society ' or take a look at their website . It's a pity Madeleine Marsh didn't join it before producing this book, as she would have had access to far better examples to include in it.
This book really isn't for experienced collectors and unfortunately, the poor exmples of compacts wouldn't inspire anyone to start a collection.