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Redoute. Selection of the Most Beautiful Flowers


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Werner Dressendoerfer is a pharmaceutical historian, academic librarian, and former honorary Professor at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. His particular spheres of interest are the history of the Early Modern herbal, the cultural history of useful and medicinal plants, and plant symbolism in art. He has published extensively on pharmaceutical and botanical history and is the author of TASCHEN's The Garden at Eichstatt, The Lilies, Leonhart Fuchs: The New Herbal of 1543, Pomona Britannica, The Temple of Flora, and The Vegetable Garden. H. Walter Lack is a Professor at the Free University of Berlin and former Director of the Botanical Gardens and Botanical Museum in Berlin-Dahlem. A leading expert in the history of botany, his research focuses on the global transfer of useful and ornamental plants from a cultural historical perspective. He is the author of TASCHEN's Garden of Eden and The Book of Palms. Pierre-Joseph Redoute (1759-1840), was born in Saint-Hubert, now part of Belgium. An official court artist at Versailles, he gained international recognition for his watercolors of flowers and plants, publishing over 2,000 plates depicting over 1,800 species. Redoute perfected the technique of stipple engraving, using tiny dots of color rather than lines, facilitating subtle color variations in his work.


"Meravigliosa magia dei libri, hai colpito ancora! Se volete dirlo con i fiori, beh... stavolta ditelo con un libro. Non ve ne pentirete."
"...not just a `coffee-table' book but a useful tool for scholars."
"If like me, you've been a lifelong lover of flowers, you will love to lose yourself in the pages of this beautiful book...this is quite simply one of the most beautiful flower books that we have ever seen... We love the tactile nature of this book. The weight, size and quality of the paper brings to life this wonderful collection of drawings, originally published between 1827 and 1833. The pages reveal a quality, precision and appreciation of flowers that illustrate the love and passion of Redoute... Informative, delightful and beautifully presented, we'll keep a copy at the McQueens Flower school library to be enjoyed by our students from near and far - but I'll still have to have my own copy to cherish at home!"
"...If you can't make it to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, this is a brilliant alternative - minus the crowds."
"...a gorgeous compendium work from TASCHEN. Detailing the rise of Redoute and flower painting in general, and the importance of botanical records for both science and personal prestige, it is a marvellous wander through the species that were flooding into Paris at the time, plucked both from nearby French meadows and far-flung hillsides in Greece, China and South America."

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