Pierre Joseph Redouté
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Undoubtedly the most celebrated botanical artist ever, Redouté refined the process of stipple engraving (color printed and then hand finished color) to a high degree which lends the prints their delicate and luminous quality. The Traité des Arbres et Arbustes, “Nouveau” edition by Redouté was produced as an homage to the same title produced earlier by Duhamel du Monceau (1755). but the newer edition is virtually an independent work from the preceding with enlarged text but also with new and enlarged plates. Plates for the “Nouveau Duhamel” (1800-1819) survive in three states: uncolored engravings, colored engravings and finally, the hand-finished color plates printed on large paper offered here. The entire edition was limited to 1000 copies, and the large-paper copies offered here were only a small portion of the total, making them extremely rare. The resulting images of flowering branches and leafy boughs are a testament to the delicacy, skill and artistry of Redouté.