1958 · Newport, Mon, England
by John, W. D. et al.
Newport, Mon, England: The Ceramic Book Company, 1958. Hardbound. VG (Slight scuffs to covers, former owner name inside; pages are quite crisp and clean.). Blue cloth, with gilt letters on spine & front cover, and gilt decoration on front cover. xxii, , 118 pp., followed by 78 pages of bw illustrations with more bw and color plates within the text. "No fine porcelain could have been produced by William Billingsley and Samuel Walker at Swansea during the period 1814-1817 had there not already been established in the town an extensive and flourishing pottery which had developed steadily since its inception about the year 1764, and which, although its main products were but good utilitarian earthewares, afforded many basic facilities for the simultaneous manufacture of fine porcelain. While it seems likely that the manufacture of Swansea porcelain was continued for only three years, the Swansea (earthenware) pottery or the Cambrian Pottery as it became known after about 1790, had a remarkably interesting manufacturing history over a period of nearly one hundred years." (intro) With many illustrations, and a very useful bibliography. A great reference, this being the first printing of it. (Inventory #: 106186)