Rediscovered Book – A Pottery Story

This is a reproduction, a new book of the print-on-demand type seen increasingly around, which is a story by Charles Dickens called A POTTERY STORY.  The publishers say….”originally published before 1923. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed worksworldwide. We appreciate your understanding of the imperfections in the preservation process, and hope you enjoy this valuable book.”
There is no record of story content but being Dickens you can probably expect the deprivations of the lower classes and the arrogance of the upper class while the occasional magnanimous middle class person saves the day by mention in a will, keeping kindly eye or operating behind the scenes. Dickens could tell a grand story around class dysfunctions and sharply delineated social strata of the 18th/19th centuries. What looks promising is that this one seems set in Staffordshire when the captains of industry ran the Stoke on Trent potteries that were at the heart of the industrial revolution, up there with the steam engine and the cotton jenny. 5xstar rating.
Price US$12.71 from Abe Books or Book Depository….freight free.

This book, perhaps coupled with the small history  on The Potteries by David Sekers and published by Shire Library make a good pair. (illus from the latter book)

ceramics factory - packing

ceramics factory – packing

 

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