[SKETCHING] HOWARD, Frank (author). Imitative art; or the means of representing the pictorial appearances of objects, as governed by aerial and linear perspective: being a manual of details, for the amateur sketcher and the man of business, with a chapter on finish. London; Published by Darton and Clark. .
8vo. Publisher's grained olive green cloth decoratively panelled in blind to both boards, spine ruled in blind, with lettering in gilt to spine and upper cover, all edges speckled; pp. viii + 117 + [ii], publisher's advert.; attractively illustrated with engraved diagrams and vignettes in profusion throughout the text together with 12 full-page etched plates, numbered 1-4 and 6-12 with 5 serving as the identifiable frontispiece, complete; a near fine copy, both externally and internally, and scarce thus, with a little gentle rubbing and tiny turning to forecorners with a small ink spot (5mm) to lower board, within generally remarkably clean and fresh with unavoidable light toning, and occasional mild foxing, to tipped-in plates.
Undated edition of this work aimed at amateur artists including chapters on Knowledge of Form; Means of Representing Appearances, and Irregular Forms (Buildings, Rocks, Trees, Figures, Heads, Drapery, Foreshortening). In the foreword Howard refers to the publication of two (of three) parts of a series on imitative art which this particular book was intended to complement. Howard (1805-1866), son of artist Henry Howard R.A. (1769-1847) was a painter and former assistant to Sir Thomas Lawrence.
Copac records 4 undated copies  (BL; Univ. of Leeds; Univ. of Oxford; V & A); another  at Senate House Library, London, and a further example [1879?) at the V & A.