Excerpt from The Blue-China Book: Early American Scenes and History Pictured in the Pottery of the Time; With a Supplementary Chapter Describing the Celebrated Collection of Presidential China in the White House at Washington, D. C., And a Complete Checking List of Known Examples of Anglo
The man who will tell the story of a race, a nation, or a period according to the clothing, dwellings, utensils, and everyday art of it will be, vow, the only true historian of them all, and vividly in his pages the age and people shall live again, though wars and dynasties and that elaborate comedy called politics be but the edges and binding of the book. So let us glorify our hobby, Hobbinal my friend. Is it not part of the true stuff of history? Don't we know that about the doings of eighteenth century English potters rests a nimbus of chronicle as well as of romance?
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