beautiful set with an interesting provenance
BEWICK, Thomas. Memorial Edition of the Works, 5 vols. Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Printed by R. Ward and Sons, for Bernard Quaritch, 15 Piccadilly, London. 1885-7.
Royal 8vo. 5 vols.; original quarter brown morocco, spines lettered in gilt and with animal and bird tools in the top and bottom panels, marbled endpapers, top edges gilt; illustrated with many wood-engravings by Thomas Bewick; a little bumping to spines, a very good set. Provenance: front pastedowns with bookplate of Sir James Miller Bart. (1864-1906) of Manderston, Berwickshire, herring magnate, decorated veteran of the Boer War and Derby-winning racehorse owner. The extraordinary mansion that he had built by John Kinross is now home to the world's largest collection of Huntley & Palmer biscuit tins.
Limited to 750 numbered copies, this no. 41. The 'Memorial Edition' of Bewick's Works comprises A History of British Birds (2 vols.); A General History of Quadrupeds; Aesop's Fables; and A Memoir of Thomas Bewick, written by himself.