A surprisingly appealing book on what many will regard as a rather eccentric topic. Published in 1984 by the Victoria and Albert Museum, it is an appreciation of a once-popular form of packaging widely produced for small baked goods.
Decorative tins, from Peak Freans and dozens of other firms, were much appreciated and collected throughout the nineteenth century, continuing until the onset of World War II. Fancifully painted and frequently shaped as trains, ships, houses, furniture, even books, they are quite irresistible, and this 60-page hardcover book is a marvelous album of more than 150 selected and beautifully photographed tins honoring a large collection donated to the museum by M.J. Franklin.
Themes represented include “Tins Featuring Famous Persons,” “Tins Made to Simulate Baskets,” “ Royal Commemorative Tins,” and others. There is, in addition, a catalog of nearly nine hundred tins in the collection.
Not everyone’s cup of tea, to be sure, but if you go for the offbeat or need a gift for a helpless collector, this unusual book will be a perfect choice.
The copy offered, a hardcover published without dust jacket, is unused. The outside shows some barely noticeable rubbing from shelving, and the interior is near fine. Overall, a Very Good and quite good-looking book.