BROOKSHAW, George (1751–1823). Pomona Britannica, or a Collection of the Most Esteemed Fruits at Present Cultivated in Great Britain. London: T. Bensley for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme & Brown and John Lepard, [1816]–1817.

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BROOKSHAW, George (1751–1823).

Pomona Britannica, or a Collection of the Most Esteemed Fruits at Present Cultivated in Great Britain.

London: T. Bensley for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme & Brown and John Lepard, [1816]–1817.

2 volumes in one, 4to (13 1/4 x 11 in.; 33.7 x 28 cm). 2 letterpress title-pages, 4-page table of owners and locations of their gardens at the end. 60 EXCEPTIONALLY FINE AND BRIGHT stipple-engraved plates by Brookshaw, printed in color and finished by hand; very occasional faint pigment offset to text, verso of terminal leaf lightly foxed. Modern green morocco over cloth boards, the spine in 7 compartments gilt, marbled endpapers and edges; spine faded to olive.

 

A FINE AND ATTRACTIVE COPY OF THE FIRST QUARTO EDITION, which was first published in folio format in 1804–1812. This edition is essentially a new work: the format was changed from folio broadsheet to quarto, with the plates re-engraved by the author, reducing their number from 90 to 60, and the text extensively reworked. “There are no pineapples in this edition, which is probably an indication of the more modest gardeners Brookshaw hoped to attract with this less expensive edition” (Raphael, Oak Spring Pomona). The resulting work presents plates that are more realistic and useful, with details of 174 varieties of 15 types of fruit. The table at the end lists the owners and locations of the gardens from which Brookshaw obtained his specimens. All the gardens are found within or a short distance from London. REFERENCES: Dunthorne 51; Great Flower Books (1990), p. 81; Nissen, BBI 244; Oak Spring Pomona 40b. 65ERM0153