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This is an auction for SIR HENRY DOULTON by Edmund Gosse.

"In 1899 Sir Edmund Gosse, author of 'Father and Son', was commissioned by Lewis Doulton to write a biography of his father, and Gosse's friend, Sir Henry Doulton, the great Victorian potter. It was completed within a year but the responsibility for reading Gosse's drafts and revisions was left, unfortunately, to Lewis's two sisters. The net result was an emasculated biography and a frustration of the author's efforts to make it 'a work of art as well as one of love'. Typical of the deletions were references to the humble origins of the Royal Doulton Potteries, the early struggle of the founder and his son as working potters, the days young Henry went to school hungry, his youthful vanity, and so on. The manuscript remained unpublished and came to the attention of Desmond Eyles when he was collecting material for his history of the Royal Doulton Potteries ('Royal Doulton 1815-1965). In editing it for publication Mr Eyles has 'unmelted' the first two chapters which Gosse had been obliged to condense into one and has restored most of the deleted passages in those and the other chapters where his own researches gave him no grounds to doubt their accuracy. This is the only long contemporary account of Sir Henry Doulton that exists. 1970 is the 150th anniversary of Sir Henry's birth and there could surely be no more opportune time for the long-deferred publication of Gosse's biography to take place."

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Hardback 1970.

218 pages.

Good condition.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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