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Stirpes novae, aut minus cognitae, quas descriptionibus et iconibus illustravit Paris, Philip-Dionysius Pieres, "1784"-"1785" [= 1785-1791]. 6 parts in 1 volume. 1mo (51 x 35.5 cm). With 91 engraved plates (2 double-page). All in contemporary or near-contemporary hand-colouring, protected by tissue guards. 19th-century green half sheepskin.
- Cat. Redouteana 1; GFB, pp. 64-65; Johnston 555; Nissen, BBI 1190. First and only edition of a sumptuous botanical work and Redouté's first publication: of the 91 hand-coloured plates 54 are after drawings by the young Redouté, then not yet 25 years old. "The book is splendid in its spacious descriptions, its charming exotic plates, its implications for taxonomic history; and fascinating as an imposing piece of eighteenth-century bookmaking ." (Hunt). In Stirpes novae (New herbs), Charles L'Héritier de Brutelle (1746-1800) describes a great number of new taxa, many of which grew in his own garden, the gardens of his friends and in the Jardin du Roi. He had ample means and engaged the young botanical artist Pierre-Joseph Redouté (1759-1840) to draw the majority of the plates. The two developed a close friendship and L'Héritier taught Redouté the basics of plant taxonomy and dissection. The friendship proved a determining factor in Redouté's career and enabled him to fully develop his extraordinary talents.Bookblock in good condition, with some light spotting. The binding badly worn, with the headbands and the boards damaged.
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