I believe this to be the first book on old English lustre ware ever published; even in casual articles or chapters of other books the information available in print has hitherto been meagre. Yet there are many collectors of old lustre ware; it still abounds, there is plenty of it to hunt for, and prices are not yet excessive. By the aid of this informative book and the study of museum examples a beginner may equip himself well, and may take up this hobby hopefully, certain of finding treasures of rejoicing for the eye.<br><br>The author of this very uncommon and useful book is an enthusiast and an expert collector, resident in a district which is traditionally associated with lustre pottery. He has gone about his collecting in the spirit of research; he has not been content merely to amass, he has sought to know all about his hobby; and in this book he compares, classifies, and arranges lustre wares comprehensively, in a way that nobody else has tried to do.<br><br>The illustrations, skilfully selected and finely rendered, are almost an education in themselves, and they show that the author has made of his collecting an art as well as a science. I am happy in being able to add this book to the Collectors' Pocket Series.