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Pierre-Joseph Red­outé (1759–1840) de­voted him­self ex­clu­sively to cap­tur­ing the di­ver­sity of flow­er­ing plants. His il­lus­tra­tions are ex­traor­di­nar­ily de­tailed as well as be­ing botan­i­cally ac­cu­rate. Red­outé was for­tu­nate in that he lived at the same time as the Em­press Josephine was bring­ing roses and flow­ers into France at an alarm­ing rate from all over the world. The cat­a­logu­ing of this hor­ti­cul­tural her­itage was his life-long un­der­tak­ing. This new book brings to­gether all of Red­outé’s en­grav­ings of the roses, the lilies and his se­lec­tion of the most beau­ti­ful flow­ers. He was known as the “Raphael of Flow­ers” for a rea­son, as will be­come read­ily ap­par­ent to the reader. This is a won­der­ful book, but very heavy, so it needs to have pride of place on a solid cof­fee ta­ble!

Red­outé. The Book of Flow­ers Pub­lished by Taschen

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