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Everyone who has admired the gorgeous plant and flower paintings of Pierre-Joseph Redouté now can own a magnificent trilingual (English, French and German) edition of reproductions of these unequalled art works. With a pair of introductory essays about Mr. Redouté, famous principally for his sponsorship of Napoleon's Empress Joséphine, and excellent taxonomic notes, this book will become an invaluable resource for all who delight in lilies and their related genera. Accessible at one time to only a few scholars and collectors, these splendid images are now available to a wider audience.
The illustrations from the eight original folio volumes have been reduced in size for their current, yet still large, format. However, frequent enlargements of portions of the originals display the meticulous mastery of this remarkable artist.
— John F. Swenson, Volunteer, Plant Information Office, Chicago Botanic Garden