London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1818. First edition. Cloth. Very Good condition. Soiled boards, edge wear. Large Quarto (9.5 x 11.5 in). Original dark blue ribbed publisher's cloth. Gilt lettering to front board. Green floral patterned engraved endpapers. Printed by J. M'Creery, Black-Horse-Court, Fleet Street. [i-ii],[title], 1-36, plates 9-16 are hand-colored tint samples representing the color spectrum, plus 12 finely hand-colored stipple engravings, (4 leaves, 8 flowers) and their corresponding 'lesson' pages, printed in teal blue ink. The lesson pages have been attempted by a primitive hand, in various medium: watercolor, conte crayon. Two additional original gouache studies following printed leaves: one flower and one branch of leaves.
A fine painting manual from George Brookshaw (Birmingham 1751-1823) author of Pomona Britannica, who excelled at the refined art of decorative painting on cabinetry under the pseudonym G. Brown- a possible name change as a result of his alleged scandalous actions. Nonetheless, this scarce work displays his refined floral skill. His floral sprays and cornucopias graced furniture often commissioned by eighteenth century British Royalty. A delightful book, typical of the age when drawing in watercolours was fashionable. Dunthorne 52, Henry p. 596-97. Very Good. Item #7086