Newcastle-Upon-Tyne: Printed and Published by Andrew Reid, 1886. Large Paper edition, 111 of about 250 copies printed for subscribers, signed and numbered by the editor. The Large Paper copies contain two additional steel-engraved portraits of Bewick, one by Bacon, after Ramsay, and one by Meyer, after Ramsay. Steel-engraved frontisportrait of Bewick and two additional steel-engraved portraits of Bewick; a facsimile leaf of Bewick’s handwriting; fifty-four plates; numerous textual illustrations. Title page, half-title page, and text printed in black and red. With a list of subscribers. Endpapers very slightly foxed. Contemporary ink signature on front flyleaf. A fine copy, clean and bright. Full black morocco lettered in gilt on front board and spine. Beveled edges, top edge gilt, gilt turn-ins. Large quarto. xxiv, , [1, errata], 108, , 104 pp. Item #16347
In her preface, Julia Boyd (1846-1892) writes, “The real interest of this volume…lies in the fact that it contains the last that remained unpublished of the works in the hands of the [Bewick] family, and that they all must have been executed under the eye and direction of Thomas Bewick himself…an authentic reprint from the whole should be taken before their final dispersal thus affording to future collectors a record of these copperplates and blocks, and means for their identification” (p. xii-xiii).