Bowles's Florist: containing sixty plates of beautiful flowers, regularly disposed in their ...

Bowles's Florist: containing sixty plates of beautiful flowers, regularly disposed in their succession of blowing, to which is added an accurate description of their colours, with instructions for drawing and painting them according to nature

BOWLES, Carington (1724-1792)

Published by Carington Bowles, London, 1777
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(8 5/8 x 5 3/4 inches). 60 hand coloured engraved plates. Extra-illustrated with an 18th-century hand coloured decoupage of a potted chrysanthemum, mounted on verso of the title. Early nineteenth century half calf over purple morocco, spine with raised bands in five compartments, black morocco lettering piece in the second, the others with a repeat overall decoration in gilt, patterned endpapers A very rare hand coloured copy of a noted 18th century manual on flower painting. The work is organized in calendar fashion, with five plates for each month. The work "represents an early example of one of the pattern-books for drawing and painting flowers . By drawing directly from nature, the author explains, one can avoid the stiff formality of the copied image. Regarding the use of colour, he recommends that the flowers be placed with the light falling from the left, casting the right half of the composition into shadow. He then adds a list of the paints necessary . Further instructions follow, regarding the best way to paint specific flowers: the hyacinth, cyclamen, crocus, snowdrop, anemone, almond blossom, auricula, daffodil, iris, rose, tulip, etc., many of which are depicted in the book." The sixty plates "were intended not only to serve as models for the amateur artist; they could also be admired by flower lovers." (Oak Spring Flora). The work by Bowles was originally issued in circa 1760 by his grandfather Thomas, under the title The Florist ; in the present Carington Bowles issue, the plates have had the original engravers names and imprints removed and replaced with a Carington Bowles imprint dated 1774. The text would appear identical in both issues. Like the earlier version, Bowles issued the work coloured (1 guinea) [as the present] and uncoloured (6s). All editions are very rare, particularly coloured: only the Plesch and De Belder coloured copies appear in the auction records. Nissen BBI 1735; Dunthorne 46; Henrey 3.481; Johnston 529; Tomasi, Oak Spring Flora 88. Bookseller Inventory # 29438

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Title: Bowles's Florist: containing sixty plates of...

Publisher: Carington Bowles, London

Publication Date: 1777

Binding: 8vo

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