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Great Britain – David Bryce and Son

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David Bryce and Son

Glasgow, Scotland

Tiny Alphabet of Animals, Tiny Alphabet of Birds.Glasgow: David Bryce and Son, ca 1898. 1″ x _”. Two volumes. My Tiny Alphabet book. Midget series. Each with delightful colored pictures for each letter of the alphabet. Original red wrappers with coloured vignette of a boy, respectively a girl reading, on the upper cover, while another colored vignette on the lower cover advertises “Mellin’s Food”. Bondy, page 72, Houghton, #345. Welsh 5200.

The Holy Bible. Glasgow: David Bryce and Son. 1 13/16″ x 1 1/4 “. Bound in dark brown blind stamped calf imitating a 16th century binding. With magnifying glass enclosed in small pocket inside rear cover. A fine copy. Illustrated.

The Holy Bible, Containing the New Testaments: Translated Out of the Original Tongues: and With the Former Translations Diligently Compared and Revised, by His Majesty’s Special Command. Glasgow: David Bryce and Son, London: Henry Frowde, Oxford University Press Warehouse, Amen Corner, 1896. 876pp. 1 13/18″ x 1 1/4″. 2 copies: One is black leather. The other is blue leather and the Gift of Carol Kapell in Memory of Pauline B. Deems. Welsh 559

The Holy Bible. Glasgow: David Bryce, 1901. 876 pp., 1 14/16″ x 1 5/16″. Containing the Old and New Testaments. In green cloth with printing on black which reads: “Souvenir of the Glasgow Exibition.” Rare binding. Similar to Spielmann #24 as to size, pages and illustrations.

Burns, Robert. Poems Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect. Glasgow: David Bryce and Son, ca. 1900. 1 3/16″ x 13/16″. COLOPHON: 240 pages printed from relief plates reduced from the original edition, India paper. Limp leather, all edges gilt, just a bit of use. Kilmarnock: printed by John Wilson, 1786. The ideal book for a desert island: In dialect, printed in microscopic broken type. Welsh 1535.

Glasgow and Land of Burns. Robert Burns Series. [set of 4] Glasgow: D. Bryce & Son, [ca. 1905}. 3 1/2″ x 2 1/4″. (Golden thought series, v. 70) (Tartan series) Mackenzie plaid. In a plaid box with a lid. Bound in Tartan silk and sold at 1 shilling each. Welsh 4908.

Poems. Robert Burns Series. [set of 4] Glasgow: David Bryce & Son, [189-]. 3 1/2″ x 2 1/4″ (Golden thought series) (Tartan series) Stuart plaid. In a plaid box with a lid. Bound in Tartan silk and sold at 1 shilling each. Welsh 1536.

Songs. Robert Burns Series. [set of 4] Glasgow: David Bryce & Son, [189-]. 3 1/2″ x 2 1/4″. (Golden thought series, 23) (Tartan series) (“Dainty little library”) In a plaid box with a lid. Bound in Tartan silk and sold at 1 shilling each. Welsh 1530.

Story of Robert Burns. Robert Burns Series. [set of 4] Glasgow: D. Bryce & Son, [189-]. 3 1/2″ x 2 1/4″. (Golden thought series, 51) (Tartan series) Maclean plaid. In a plaid box with a lid. Bound in Tartan silk and sold at 1 shilling each. Welsh 1656.

The Smallest English Dictionary in the World. D. Bryce & Son, Glasgow, ca. 1900. 384 pp., 1 1/16″ x _”. COLOPHON: Red Roan Binding, stamped on front cover. 100,000 printed. Produced by photo reduction. Photo of Dr. Johnson, dedicated to Mrs. Kendal. St Onge Lib. #76.

The Smallest English dictionary in the world. Glasgow: David Bryce & Son, n.d. [ca. 1900] 1″ x 3/4″. 384pp. Limp red morocco lettered in gilt on upper cover “English Dictionary,” and on spine. Gilt edges. Frontispiece portrait of Samuel Johnson. Published with process of photographic reduction. Contained in a tin plated locket, with magnifying glass inset on front, and designed to be worn on a chain. Printed by Robert Maclehose, Glasgow. Without original ads. Gift of Carol Kapell in Memory of Pauline B. Deems.

Golden Thoughts From Great Authors. Golasgow: David Bryce and Son, c. 1900. 1 1/16″ x _”. From the Mite Series. Bound in red flexible leather. Gilt title on cover and spine. Houghton 45, Bondy p. 131. Selected by Alice Crowther. Very sight curling of cover tips. Welsh 2086.

Witty, Humorous and Merry Thoughts. Glasgow: David Bryce and Son, ca. 1900. 1 1/16″ x _”. Red flexible leather, Gilt title on cover and spine. Houghton 45, Bondy 131. Selected by T.M. Welsh 4862.

English, Scotch and Irish Songs. David Bryce and Son, Glasgow, c. 1900. 1 1/16″ x _”. Edited by William Moodie. Bound in limp red leather. Gilt title on cover and spine. This is the smallest music book in the world. Houghton 45, Spielmannn 377. 24 original sketches by A. S. Boyd. Welsh 1427.

Millar, A. H. Mary, Queen of Scots: The Story of Queen Mary. Glasgow: David Bryce and Son. 3 ½” x 2 3/8″. Blue buckram with gilt portrait and decorations on cover, title and decorations on spine. 9 ills. 160 pages.

Fitzgerald, Edward. Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. Glasgow: David Bryce and Son, 1904.

Fitzgerald, Edward. Rubaiyat of Khayyam Glasgow: David Bryce and Son. 2 3/16″ x 1 3/8″. COLOPHON: Inscribed Worcester December 18, 1904. Mary Louisa Truubull Cogswell. 128 pages numbered v and 59, each number representing 2 pages, one verso, and one recto. Bound in dark red fawn leather with gold decoration on spine and front of Arabic design a.e.g. orientally designed title page. Title withing decorative woodcut border, each page with woodcut decoration. St. Onge Lib. #70. Spielman 395; LXIV 3/29 p. 5. Special copy with hand colored title page and extra illus . on blank flyleaf and endpaper with photographs of other tiny editions of the text. From the collection of Thomas Warburton of Manchester.

Scott, Sir Walter. The Lady of the Lake. Glasgow: Bryce and Son, 1900. 191 pp., 3 3/8″ x 2 ¼”. Tartan front and back with cloth spine. Illustrated by A. S. Boyd.Welsh 6195.

Shakespeare, William. Glasgow: David Bryce and Son, Frederick A. Stokes Company, 1904. 2 1/8″ x 1 ½”. Ellen Terry edition. White paper dust jackets and red leather covers. Printed in Glasgow at University Press. Includes:

Antony and Cleopatra. 461 pp. 2 1/8″ x 1 3/8″.

As You Like It. 352 pp. 2 1/8″ x 1 3/8″.

Julius Caesar. 340 pp. 2 1/8″ x 1 3/8″.

Macbeth. 314 pp. 2 1/8″ x 1 3/8″.

Twelfth Night. 324 pp. 2 1/8″ x 1 3/8″.

Shakespeare, William. Glasgow: David Bryce and Son, 1904. Ellen Terry edition. Printed in London: Henry Frowde, Oxford Univ. Press. Warehouse Amen Corner. Bound in limp green suede with gilt edges (unless otherwise noted). Includes:

All’s Well That Ends Well. 381 pp. 2 1/8″ x 1 ½”. Welsh 6250.

King Henry V. This version says “Andersons, Edinburgh, Limited” instead of David Bryce, but it’s the same binding and text, Ellen Terry edition. 2 1/8″ x 1 ½”.

Measure for Measure. 370 pp. 2 1/8″ x 1 ½”. Welsh 6291.

Merry Wives of Windsor. 249 pp. 2 1/8′ x 1 ½”. Flexible leather cover with eagle and shield, title on binding. Welsh 6298.

Two Gentlemen of Verona. 295 pp. 2 1/8″ x 1 ½”. Welsh 6336.

Venus and Adonis. The Rape of Lucrece. 472 pp. 2 1/8″ x 1 ½”. Welsh 6337.

Shakespeare, William. Glasgow: David Bryce and Son, London: Henry Frowde, Oxford University Press Warehouse, Amen Corner, 1904. Suede cover. Blind stamped front cover with eagle and shield. Gold stamped title on spine. Edges gilded. Marbled endpapers. Four books in wooden “book-ends.” Gifts of Carol Kapell in Memory of Pauline B. Deems. Includes:

Two Gentlemen of Verona. 295pp. 2 1/16″ x 1 7/16″. Welsh 6336.

As You Like It. 352pp. 2 1/16″ x 1 7/16″. Welsh 6252.

Love’s Labour’s Lost. 368pp. 2 1/16″ x 1 7/16″. Welsh 6288.

Sonnets. 427pp. 2 1/16″ x 1 7/16″. Welsh 6323.

Shakespeare, William. Glasgow: David Bryce and Son, 1904.

Ellen Terry Miniature lIbrary. An unusual four volume set. Each volume is bound in cloth backed ivory. The four are housed in an open box which has “Shakespeare” stamped on it in gold. All marbled end papers. Mint. Includes:

Hamlet. 509 pp., 2 1/8″ x 1 3/8″.Welsh 6265.

King Lear. 456 pp. 2 1/8″ x 1 3/8″. Welsh 6284.

King Richard III. 512 pp. 2 1/8″ x 1 3/8″. Welsh 6287.

Othello. 453 pp. 2 1/8″ x 1 3/8″. Welsh 6304.

Shakespeare, William. Romeo and Juliet. Glasgow: David Bryce and Son, 1904. 416 pp., 1 15/16 x 1 3/8″. Dedicated by Special Permissions to Miss Ellen Terry. Dark red leather with gilding. Red edges gilt. Frontispiece illustration. Front fly leaf missing. Worn. Welsh 6312.

Shakespeare, William. Two Gentlemen of Verona. Glasgow: David Bryce and Son, 1904. 295 pp., 2 1/16 x 1 7/16″. The Ellen Terry Edition. Complete with engraved front espiece. 6 pt. type on India paper. Printed in London: Henry Frowde, Oxford Univ. Press. Warehouse Amen Corner. 295 pages. Red leather. Welsh 6336.

Shakespeare, William. Merry Wives of Windsor . David Bryce and Son, Glasgow. 2 3/16″ x 1 3/8″. 351 pages. Bound in red leather with elaborate gilding cover and spine. T.E.G. Frontispiece Illus. Very Fine. Welsh 6298.

Carrick, Rev. J.C. The Ancient Abbeys and Churches of Scotland. Glasgow: David Bryce & Son, 1908. 3 1/2″ x 2 1/2″. 191pp. Plaid cloth cover. Tab on spine with title. Edges gilded. Gift of Carol Kapell in Memory of Pauline B. Deems. Welsh 1652.

Not found as of 11/2/2006:

Shakespeare, William. King Henry V. Glasgow: David Bryce and Son, 1904.

Golden Thoughts From Great Authors. Mite Series in Tartan. Glasgow: David Bryce, c.1900. Welsh 2087.

Witty, Humorous and Merry Thoughts. Mite Series in Tartan. Glasgow: David Bryce, c.1900.