There is some sadness attached to finding this book in the shop. Originally published in 1843, it was republished in 1984 by Webberley Ltd, a long-standing independent bookshop in Hanley, Stoke on Trent, which has recently closed. The shop was continually in operation from 1786 and there is a list of all the proprietors and photographs of the two buildings they have operated from in the book. The second shop was their base from 1924 and is now being put up for development as apartments with retail space on the ground floor. In addition to books they sold art materials but one or two of the staff have now opened their own shop in Hanley, so there will be somewhere to get my art supplies.