Rare 1929 Title: The Shenandoah Pottery, Rice & Stoudt
This book is a seminal work on the famous folk pottery of the Shenandoah region. Published in 1929, it was authored by A. H. Rice and John Baer Stoudt. I believe it was the first book devoted entirely to this subject. This is a first edition, bound in gold stamped purple cloth that has an intriguing loose woven pattern embossed on it. It is octavo size, consisting of 277 pages with 7 color plates and multitudinous black and white photographs. It was printed by Shenandoah Publishing House, Inc., Strasburg, Virginia. Though it lacks a dust wrapper, it is in extraordinarily good condition. The pages are all clean and tightly bound. There is a slight indentation on the upper right corner of the front free endpaper where the pencilled name of a previous owner has been erased (you might not notice this if it were not pointed out). The spine is sunned, and some of the gilt in the blind-stamping on the cover is worn off at the left side, which can be seen in the accompanying scan.