London: Ariel Press, 1954. Illustrations of Pierre-Joseph Redoute (1759-1840). First Edition, First Printing. A Very Good Hardcover.
Quarter red morocco over red textured cloth by Bayntun of Bath. Five raised spine bands; stamped titles in gilt with gilt stamped roses in the remaining compartments; Marbled endpage. A bit of rubbing to the head of the spine; front cloth mildly faded; rear cloth with pale dampstain not penetrating. The Bindings are firm and the interior fine with a few finger marks. 44 [24 in each volume] finely produced full color offset lithographs from the original engravings. The introductions are in English though the rose descriptions are in French.
Very Good / No Jacket. Item #014872
Redoute was nicknamed "the Raphael of flowers" and has been called the greatest botanical illustrator of all time.
Roses was printed in 1954; Roses 2 in 1956. Each is a First Printing. Pierre-Joseph Redouté was one of the most talented botanical artists ever known. He is also possibly the most popular botanical artist in history. Many people first become interested in botanical art after seeing reproductions of his paintings of roses, lilies and other flowers. He was born in 1759 in what is now Belgium and died in June 1840.
Redouté was fortunate to become an artist who was patronized by the kings of France from Louis XVI to Louis-Philippe. His profile also has a unique claim to fame. His status and reputation was enhanced in no small way due to his patronage by two of the premier first ladies of European history - Marie Antoinette and Josephine Bonaparte.