Raymond, I remembered that you are knowledgable in such things and wondered if you (or any of the forum members) could point me in the right direction.
A old soldier friend has a couple of Burns volumes, one is from 1945 and not in best condition. The other is a bit more interesting; I've tried various Burns websites but not had any success. I'll post the details here and any help or comment would be appreciated.
The book beautiful wee travelling pocket volume measuring two and three quarter inches by three and five eighths of an inch. Calf jacket with outer edges lined in Gold with intact snap fastening. Spine title “The Idle Hour” embossed in Gold with playing card symbols,( Heart, Diamond,Club, Spade, the latter two inverted.) Front of jacket embossed “with the compliments of J & W. Wilson Ltd. Mersey Paint Works, Wapping, Liverpool. Reverse jacket embossed Mead & Fuller, 36 Oxford St. W.1. Regd. No. 660820. The jacket is in very good condition with only slight stitch loosening at top and bottom. Inside end page is inscribed twice; “James Cameron” faintly visible; other obscured.
The volume itself is bound oxblood calf embossed with Gold pattern on inside edge; Spine embossed “R. Burns’ Poetical Works” in Gold lettering. Front cover embossed “Robert Burns” also in Gold lettering. Second inner page inscribed” T. McNeil”. Frontispiece is illustrated with Lithograph showing and titled “Burns’ Monument and the new Brig O’ Doon. 535 Pages including Index combining Titles with first lines,gilt edged (thumbed). Page marker. Songs have tune titles ascribed. Only damage is small tear on introductory page and binding very slightly loose on both covers. Published by David Bryce and Son, Glasgow 1896. VG+