6 June 2007
BROOKSHAW, George (c. 1751-1823). Groups of Flowers ... with full directions for the young artist. --Groups of Fruit. --Six Birds. London: Turner and Hadley, Minerva Press for Thomas McLean, 1819.
3 works in one volume, 2° (365 x 259mm). Half-titles to all works, 2- and 1-leaf advertisements to first and second works respectively. 18 stipple-engraved plates after Brookshaw in both hand-coloured and uncoloured states. (A little spotted, particularly on text leaves, a few plates trimmed affecting imprints.) Contemporary maroon straight-grained morocco gilt, flat spine gilt in compartments, titled in one, gilt edges (a little rubbed and scuffed at extremities, small wormhole on upper joint, cracking on hinges). Provenance: Peter Mourant, St. Gene. Bainbrigge (inscription on title).
A COMPLETE SET OF BROOKSHAW'S FINELY-ILLUSTRATED SERIES OF NATURAL HISTORY DRAWING-MANUALS, IN A CONTEMPORARY MOROCCO BINDING, second editions. These manuals were intended for students of drawing, and capitalised on the fashion for natural history drawing in Britain in the latter eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries: each subject is depicted by a hand-coloured plate which faces an uncoloured plate, and is accompanied by a leaf of letterpress which describes the species and gives guidance for drawing and colouring it. The first editions of these works were published in 1817, and are 'exceedingly rare' (Oak Spring Pomona 41). Dunthorne 53, 55, and 54; cf. Oak Spring Flora 91 (first work); Oak Spring Pomona 41 (second work); Nissen IVB 150 (third work).
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