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Pleasant but limited,
This review is from: Treen and Earthenware: A Collector's Guide (Midas collectors' library) (Hardcover)
This would be a much better book if the author had devoted it entirely to treen. Anne Forty clearly knows her stuff when it comes to small wooden items, and the book can, to a ceratin extent, be used as a reference and an idea of what there is available to collect. However, the line drawings (there are very few photos) are not really as good as they might be and much of the relevant information is, quite unnecessarily, given well away from the illustration concerned.
In a book of only 128 pages Forty devotes 39 to earthenware, with little text and some not-very-helpful line drawings and photos. This is rather like trying to convey the history of the world in a 15-minute radio programme. Earthenware is a vast field of collecting, and even limiting the range to functional kitchen earthenware, as Forty does, would merit a huge book full of pictures. A skate through a few factories in a wholly inadequate "Dictionary of Potteries" is a strange effort, leaving most of everything out then giving esoteric snippets on the biographies of a few potters. What can the author have been thinking of?
I cannot honestly recommend this book to prospective purchasers as, despite the modest amount of useful information on treen, I fear most would find it very irritating.