It is important to use this book in tandem with works on Spode, or including Spode, by Peter Roden for the latest and correct historical information about the early years of the Spode businesses and family.
This is my second recommended reading on Spode history. It covers the period from 1733, the year of Josiah Spode I's birth, to 1833, the year when the company ownership and name changed. It is a neat 100 years.
This book by Leonard Whiter is regarded as a standard work on Spode history. However since publication of the 3rd edition new information has been researched.
Scholars of Spode may know that the 3rd edition of the book has different colour illustrations from the first two editions. What many may not know is this is because the first lot of printing plates were lost! The original artwork for the publication (excluding the colour illustrations) is in the Spode archive.
This is a really good introduction to the Spode subject with information about the Spode family and the factory in Stoke-upon-Trent. This is the factory for which Spode I finally completed the purchase in 1776. It closed in 2009.