BROOKSHAW, George (1751-1823). Groups of Flowers, Drawn and Accurately Coloured after Nature, with Full Directions for the Young Artist Groups of Fruit Six Birds. London: Thomas McLean; printed by Turner and Hadley, Minerva Press, 1819.

A complete set of Brookshaws finely illustrated series of natural history drawing manuals, in a contemporary morocco binding.Second editions. These manuals were intended for students of drawing, and capitalized on the fashion for natural history drawing in Britain in the latter eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries: each subject is depicted by a hand-colored plate which faces an uncolored plate, and is accompanied by a leaf of letterpress which describes the species and gives guidance for drawing and coloring 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).

Folio (357 x 258mm). Half-titles to all works, two- and one-leaf advertisements to first and second works respectively, 18 stipple-engraved plates after Brookshaw in both hand-colored and uncolored states (some spotting, especially on text leaves; corner repair on colored Bramble finch plate). Contemporary maroon straight-grain morocco, all edges gilt (extremities rubbed).
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