Le bouquet royal. Oeuvre posthume de P.-J. Redouté dédié à Sa Majesté la Reine des Français.
Paris, les Marchands de Nouveautés, typographie Lacrampe et Compagnie, 1843, 1. edition, pp. [vi, half-title, title, dedication], portrait of Redouté, lithographed by François-Fortuné-Antoine Férogio from a drawing by Marie Eléonore Godefroy and 4 colour-plates of roses, stipple-engraved by N. Rémond from drawings by Redouté and finished by hand, all with leaves of protective tissue, large folio (321 x 479 mm), printed wrappers with decorative borders and monogram "MA" surmounted by a crown. Loose as issued. The portrait printed on China paper and pasted on stouter paper (318 x 488 mm); here resulting in a brownish border with marginal stain and restored lower corner. Text-leaves foxed and some minor repairs. The plates in fine condition. Very well preserved and uncut copy with the original paper cover (absent in most copies) of this magnificent and rare work.
€ 10.000"Pierre Joseph Redouté is widely thought to be the greatest floral artist of all time, and at Oak Spring is a complete collection of his printed works as well as a number of original drawings and paintings in watercolour. … In Redouté's 'elegant period', as the last part of his life has been aptly described (A Catalogue of Redoutéana, p. 27), his watercolours were no longer painstakingly painted d'après nature, but were the fruit of a consummate technique. It is for this reason that a lesser-known work by the artist was chosen for inclusion here. Le Bouquet royal was a posthumous publication, dedicated to the Queen by Redouté's widow and his doughter. It contains engravings of four varieties that were not included in the artist's monumental monograph on the rose, each variety bearing an appropiately feminine name - 'Amélie', 'Hélène', 'Clementine' and 'Adelaide'. The delicate modulations in hue of the original watercolours are captured with great skill in Rémond's colour-printed stipple engravings" (An Oak Spring flora).
* Cf. Pritzel 7457 (1844); Dunthorne 236 (1844); Nissen BBI 1590; Great flower books p. 72; A catalogue of Redoutéana 24; An Oak Spring flora 61.