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, by the British illustrator George Brookshaw (1751-1823). 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