LOVELY LIMITED EDITION SET OF 19TH-CENTURY AUTHOR WHYTE-MELVILLE'S WRITINGS ON ENGLISH SPORTING LIFE, RICHLY ILLUSTRATED WITH HAND-COLORED FRONTISPIECES AND PLATES BY SOME OF THE FINEST ILLUSTRATORS OF THE DAY, HANDSOMELY BOUND
WHYTE-MELVILLE, George John. Works of G.J. Whyte-Melville. Edited by Sir Herbert Maxwell, Bart. Edinburgh: Morrison and Gibb, [1898-1902]. Twenty-four volumes. Octavo, contemporary three-quarter burgundy crushed morocco, red watered silk boards, raised bands, gilt-decorated spines with equestrian emblems, marbled endpapers, top edges gilt, uncut and partially unopened. $3500.
Beautiful limited edition set of Whyte-Melville's stories of English country sports, one of 1050 sets printed, with hand-colored frontispieces and numerous plates by Hugh Thomson, H.M. Brock, and others.
Famous for his captivating stories of country sporting life, 19th-century author George Whyte-Melville (1821-78) also wrote a valuable work on horsemanship (Riding Recollections), historical novels, and memorable poetry. "His books, with their stamp of authenticity, their frequent poetic charm, their liveliness, and their chivalric ideals" attracted many readers in—and out—of the sporting class (Kunitz & Haycraft, 655).
Plates bright. A lovely set in fine condition.