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A New Treatise on Flower Painting, or Every Lady Her Own Drawing Master: containing familiar and easy instructions for obtaining a perfect knowledge of drawing flowers with accuracy and taste: also complete directions for producing the various tints
London: printed for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, & Brown [and others], 1817. 1 uncoloured engraved plates of practice strokes, 12 hand-coloured stipple engraved plates after Brookshaw, the first 11 of these hand-coloured plates also present in a second uncoloured state, the final hand-coloured plate faced by an uncoloured pencilled version of the final plate on early Whatman paper (25 plates in total), 8 text pages with integral hand-coloured examples of tints. (Title with old crease). [Bound with:] Supplement to the Treatise on Flower Painting, consisting of eight plates of flowers, accurately drawn and coloured from nature. London: printed for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, & Brown and John Lepard, 1817 [plates watermarked 1817]. 8 hand-coloured stipple-engraved plates after Brookshaw, plus each plate present in a second uncoloured state (16 plates in total). 2 works in one volume, royal quarto (11 1/8 x 9 inches). Expertly bound to style in half green straight-grained morocco over contemporary marbled paper-covered boards, flat spine in six compartments divided by roll tools and fillets, lettered in the second compartment, the others with a repeat floral decoration in gilt. Very rare: no examples of this combination are listed as having sold at auction in the last thirty-five years. The publishing history of the New Treatise is complicated: Brookshaw appears to have published up to three editions in parts, anonymously or using the pseudonym G. Brown, between 1797 and 1803. In 1816, the first edition to be published under Brookshaw's own name appeared, and in 1818 an expanded edition appeared. The Supplement is particularly rare: only one edition is known and only the Plesch copy is recorded as having sold at auction. The present volume includes a hitherto unrecorded variant of the first work, dated 1816 but issued in 1817, probably to accompany the brand new Supplement (as here). Brookshaw paired the coloured and uncoloured plates intending that the coloured plates should be used as models by the aspiring artist to colour the facing page. The present examples avoided that fate, although, intriguingly, one of the uncoloured plates is executed in pencil rather than being printed. cf. Dunthorne 52 (1818 edition of the first work); Henrey III, cf.518 (1816 edition) & 520; cf. Lowndes I, p.284 (mentions the Treatise with a Supplement); cf. Nissen BBI 246 (1818 edition of the first work).
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