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Excerpt from History and Description of English Earthenware and Stoneware: To the Beginning of the 19th CenturyThe writer of a volume on English earthenware and stoneware, at the present day, finds his task considerably complicated by the labours ofMoreExcerpt from History and Description of English Earthenware and Stoneware: To the Beginning of the 19th CenturyThe writer of a volume on English earthenware and stoneware, at the present day, finds his task considerably complicated by the labours of a number of predecessors in the same field. Unfortunately, most of the early writers on this subject wrote with much greater zeal than discretion, and it has been a serious task to disentangle from the narratives of Simeon Shaw, Ll. Jewitt, W. Chaffers, and Miss Meteyard, the true facts connected with the origin and development of the English earthenwares and stonewares of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Where there has been so much repetition of ill-understood tradition, and such an evident bias in favour of particular men or particular factories, it is not always possible to arrive at such a view as can be put forward without hesitation, and some amount of misgiving. Fortunately, the more competent and conscientious work of Mr. Solon, Professor Church, and of Mr. Hobson in his lately issued British Museum catalogue, helps to clear up many difficulties. My own experience as a student and as a potter, has, however, forced me to certain conclusions, which I have embodied in the following pages, and it will be found that the views herein expressed, on many subjects, differ in some important particulars from those that have hitherto been accepted. There is scarcely a chapter in the book which does not contain either fresh information or some novel view of the subject under discussion.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully- any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.