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SMITH, Miss. Studies of Flowers from Nature dedicated by permission to... the Princess Elizabeth. Doncaster: Miss Smith, [watermarked 1817-1818]. 
SMITH, Miss. Studies of Flowers from Nature dedicated by permission to... the Princess Elizabeth. Doncaster: Miss Smith, [watermarked 1817-1818]. 
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SMITH, Miss. Studies of Flowers from Nature dedicated by permission to... the Princess Elizabeth. Doncaster: Miss Smith, [watermarked 1817-1818]. 

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SMITH, Miss. Studies of Flowers from Nature dedicated by permission to... the Princess Elizabeth. Doncaster: Miss Smith, [watermarked 1817-1818]. 

A finely illustrated botanical work by the unidentified artist Miss Smith. Containing uncoloured duplicate plates intended for amateurs to practice on, this is one of the finest instruction manuals supporting the contemporary fashion for flower painting. The dedicatee of this volume, the Princess Elizabeth, was herself a keen amateur artist. WorldCat lists just two copies in institutions; Copac records a copy at Cambridge University only. Dunthorne 283; Nissen BBI 1855.

Quarto (358 x 261mm). Engraved calligraphic title within hand-coloured aquatint wreath, 20 aquatint plates each in two states, hand-coloured and uncoloured, the uncoloured Poeonia and Ixia Tricolor plates partially hand-coloured, 3pp. subscribers list and erratum slip at end. Contemporary straight-grained green morocco decoratively tooled in blind and gilt, all edges gilt (lightly rubbed and scuffed).
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