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on 20 March 2003
At the time of writing this was rated 3 stars. Why? As a serious long term collector of Blue & White, I have to say that this & Volume 1 are unarguably the definitve texts, & they clearly supersede all the earlier (& later) error ridden lightweight competetors.
Volume 1 is the main work; this work (Vol. 2) is merely a slimmer updating. It is, as the title says, a properly researched reference dictionary (lavishly illustrated), not a chatty fireside book.
The only omissions (deliberate) are the American views, such as those made by Stubbs with the Spread Eagle Border etc., for which you'll have to turn to "Arman" or other early American publications.

In summary;- a first class extension to Volume 1, and must rate 5 stars. Essential reference for any serious collector.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 23 November 2013
With over four hundred pages including at least one item illustrated per page plus forty items in colour this was a long awaited reference work for blue and white not encompassed by works on the major potters. And best of all, only half a page devoted to the willow pattern.
Only a collector will value the true worth of this book. A british scene is a difficult item to narrow down as to the manufacturer but the variations here help immensley. British views, british scenery, dioramas are just a few of the series with examples shown, and with the help of border designs the series and manufacturer can be narrowed down if not identified absolutely.
There are few dates given for the pieces but as most manufacturers used designs for as long as the design was fashionable or even the entire life of the nanufactory this is a lesser point.
And lack of all-colour illustrations is irrelevant in a book on blue and white.
As a collector of blue and white this is one of the most used and most useful in my collection; I have ten other books on the subject I would prefer to lose before this.
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on 19 May 2002
This volume is well laid out in alphabetical order and easy to follow. The basis of the dictionary is the name of the designs rather than the manufacturer of the pottery. New items are flagged and updated items are cross referenced to the Volume 1 edition. This does limit the book as a complete reference unless you are also in possession of Volume 1. There is an unfortunate limit on colour plates when black and white presentation does not do justice to the illustrations. The major limitation of the volume is the lack of dating information in relation to the huge variety of designs on offer.
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on 15 December 2012
Essential reading if your into collecting or what to try and identify Blue and White Printed Pottery patterns and the manufacters of these products
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on 4 July 2015
This provides a huge searchable photographic database of transfer printed blue and white objects plus a guide to the history of the process. It is the best reference book on the subject I have found.
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on 24 September 2016
A mine of information and in good condition.
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on 10 April 2016
great
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