The author of this book was a recognised expert in the subject of early Chinese ceramics, and the first edition (1922) sold out within a week or two of its publication. This led to the second, abridged, edition (1924), which was intended more for the general public - chapters on technique and identification marks were omitted - as a general reference source. The text was suitably abridged (though additional relevant material was added), and only 30 of the original illustrations were included - 29 in B/W with a colour frontispiece. The reader would find the book eminently understandable, and full of fascinating information on this ever-popular subject.
Arthur Lonsdale Hetherington (1881-1960) was a civil servant in the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, and one of the founders (and for many years secretary) of the Oriental Ceramic Society in 1921. He wrote various books on Chinese ceramics, one in collaboration with R L Hobson, and had a particular interest in glazes (he published 'Chinese Ceramic Glazes' in 1937). His personal collection was sold in 1953.
Our book is of particular interest, as it is inscribed by the author 'Marjorie from A.L. Oct. 1935', and clearly belonged to a family member. It is an unassuming volume, bound in grey cloth with gitl title etc on the spine and a publisher's emblem impressed on the front cover. The exterior is in good general condition for its age, with a few whitish marks on the front, rubbing of angles, a little shelf wear to top & tail of spine, slightly bumped corners, and some darkening of spine and top front cover edge. Foxing to all edges of textblock. Inside, the binding is firm with no loose pages; pages clean apart from a degree of foxing throughout. Illustrations are on shiny paper, and not foxed. The colour frontispiece retains its tissue guard, but is partly detached. Somewhat surprisingly, endpapers are clean with no foxing. Gift inscription on front fep in black ink.