Groups of flowers, drawn and accurately coloured after nature with full directions for the young artist; designed as a companion to the treatise on flower painting. Second Edition. [AND] Groups of Fruit... [AND} Six Birds... [Complete].
Item ID 72620
London, Thomas McLean, 1819. Folio (35.5 x 26.3 cm). Three half-titles and three title pages; three pp. "Advertisement"; Double-suite (finely hand-coloured and plain) of 18 colour-printed plates (six flowers, six fruits, six birds), with explanatory text to each plate. Contemporary red straight-grain morocco. Spine with five broad, raised bands with elaborate gilt ornaments; compartments with gilt floral frames and gilt title; boards with intrice gilt floral border, and blind-tooled border; gilt inner dentelles; brown marbled endpapers. All edges gilt. A sumptuous bound copy of this fine work on flowers, fruits, birds, and on how to paint them. In this copy, however, the plain plates are wisely kept uncoloured. The coloured plates would have been difficult to match. Some wear to the binding, in particular the board edges; spine expertly rebacked long ago. Some scattered spotting, mainly to text pages, some light thumbing in the lower outer marginal of a few plates. Otherwise a very good, clean copy. How to paint flowers, fruit and birds: a great challenge