The Works of Thomas Bewick, in 5 volumes (volume 1 signed by Bewick): Select Fables, Quadrupeds, Land Birds, Water Birds, Fables of Aesop

The Works of Thomas Bewick, in 5 volumes (volume 1...
The Works of Thomas Bewick, in 5 volumes (volume 1...
The Works of Thomas Bewick, in 5 volumes (volume 1...
The Works of Thomas Bewick, in 5 volumes (volume 1...

Newcastle: Printed for Emerson Charnley by S. Hodgson, 5 volume set. 1822 edition of the Works of Bewick. No. 11 of 150 "Royal" copies with "thumbprint" leaf bound into the Fables of Aesop (dated Jan. 1, 1824, with handcolored seaweed and hawthorne leaf, and numbered and priced in ink. All volumes have the Charnley 1822 title page as well as a secondary title page for each volume, with the Quadrupeds title page dated 1824 and Aesop's dated 1823. The Quadrupeds features as its frontispiece the large woodcut of a lion commissioned especially for this edition and only seen in the Royal and Imperial editions. Tattersfield, in his bibliography of Bewick, states that only 150 of the Royal-sized editions were published, at least 80 of which were remaindered and sold to Bohn many years later and issued without the thumbprint leaf; thus, this is likely one of only 70 such sets. Royal 8vo, bound in full dark green leather gilt, all edges gilded, old bookplate in each volume, coated yellow endpapers, contents fine, minor rubbing to edges and joints else fine bindings; the rear board of Quadrupeds shows some neat japanese paper reinforcement to both the inner hinge and outer joint. See Tattersfield p. 69-70 (TB 1.36 & TB 1.37) for a more thorough exposition of this set. Digital images available upon request. Near Fine / No Jacket.

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Price: $2,880.00