BROOKSHAW, George (1751-1823). Six Birds, Accurately Drawn and Coloured After Nature, with Full Instructions for the Young Artist; Intended as a Companion to the Treatise on Flower Painting. London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1817.

$ 1,800.00

Folio, (13 5/8 x 10 inches). 6 fine lithographed plates in two states: one hand-colored and one uncolored, interleaved with contemporary tissue guards (some spotting and browning to guards). Contemporary maroon straight-grained morocco, elaborately decorated in gilt (front hinge starting, extremities worn with loss).

First edition. Initially a cabinet-maker specializing in painted furniture decorated with borders of flowers, Brookshaw appears to have abandoned this career at about the same time as he parted company with his wife and began living with Elizabeth Stanton, and under the assumed name of G. Brown (c.1794-1804). During this time he earned a living as a teacher of flower-painting and on the proceeds of his painting manuals like this one. "However, Brookshaw's most important published work, which indeed is of some botanical significance, was his finely illustrated treatise on fruit growing, the Pomona Britannica, issued in parts from 1804-when he first resumed his own name-and as a single folio volume in 1812" (Lucy Wood for DNB).