Redouté, Pierre Joseph and C.L. Thory
50,000 - 70,000 GBP
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- Les Roses. Paris: Firmin Didot, 1817–1824
3 volumes bound in one, folio (345 x 250mm.), half-titles, engraved portrait of the author by C.S. Pradier after Gerard, frontispiece and 169 stipple-engraved plates printed in colours and finished by hand by Bessin, Langlois, Chapuy and others after Redouté, contemporary red morocco gilt, gilt edges, [Nissen BBI 1599; Great Flower Books, p.71; Dunthorne 232; Stafleu TL2 8748; Hunt, Redouteana 19], occasional spotting, one or two imprints shaved, spine neatly repaired
Freiin Olga Sturmfeder von Oppenweiler, armorial bookplate
Les Roses is perhaps the most celebrated of flower books. "The technical execution of its production was... near perfect. The artistic quality of the plates is high, and there is no reason to mark it any lower than one would Les Liliacées and the Jardin de la Malmaison" (Stafleu). Like Les Liliacées, Redoute's Roses bears testament to the influence of his patron Josephine Bonaparte, even though she did not live to see the book published. Redouté started painting roses at Malmaison, and, as Stafleu notes, "in many respects the plates are Josephine's roses".