Lovely example, in a signed binding, of Redouté’s beautifully illustrated publication of letters on botany by the great philosopher Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778), written in the years 1771 to 1773 and apparently first published in 1782. They first appeared with Redouté’s illustrations in 1805, in both a folio and a quarto issue, the latter reissued in 1821 from the original plates. This scarce second edition was printed by Alexandre Baudouin and his brother on heavy wove paper.
The book serves largely as a vehicle to display the botanical art of Pierre Joseph Redouté (1759-1840) who executed all the paintings or watercolour drawings. They were stipple-engraved and (except for that used as a title-vignette), printed in colour à la poupée and finished by hand. The plates show flowers, fruits, bulbs, leaves, etc. of flowering plants and trees, some showing whole plants and others showing details, sometimes cut away to reveal anatomical details.
Folio (37.5 x 28 cm.), xi, 159, pp., 65 stipple-engraved plates by Bouquet, Chailly, and other after P. J. Redouté printed in colours and finished by hand, original tissue guards, a little light foxing but plates generally clean, contemporary red half morocco gilt by Duplanil signed at foot of spine, lightly rubbed, a very good copy.
Cf Dunthorne 252; Great Flower Books, page 74; Hunt Redoutéana, 15; Nissen 1688.
Stock ID: 90197