Sertum anglicum seu plantae rariores quae in hortis juxta Londinum, imprimis in horto regio Kewensi excoluntur, ab anno 1786 ad annum 1787 observatae

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REDOUTÉ, Pierre-Joseph, 1759 -1840]

Sertum anglicum seu plantae rariores quae in hortis juxta Londinum, imprimis in horto regio Kewensi excoluntur, ab anno 1786 ad annum 1787 observatae

Published by Paris: Pierre-François Didot, 1788 [-1800], 1800

 

Folio (21 x 13 in.; 53.3 x 33 cm). 35 uncolored engraved plates (of which 22 by Redouté, 10 by Sowerby), and 20 pages of text. BINDING/CONDITION: Marginal foxing to title-page, some light toning and marginal foxing to text and plates, short tear along bottom margin of pl. 18 not affecting image. Contemporary half calf over marbled paste boards; rebacked, preserving original spine. A reissue, probably after L Héritier s death in 1800, of the first edition which was published in parts with only four preliminaries in 1788. L Héritier, a wealthy French nobleman and botanist, published a numberof important specimen books in the 1780s, illustrating exotic plants found in Europe. In the process he launched the career of Redouté by publishing his illustrations and by introducing him to the elite of Parisian society. In addition he instructed Redouté in plant anatomy, the techniques of dissection, and made his large collection of books and specimens available to the young artist. While L Héritier advised Redouté in the appropriate details necessary for correct botanical drawings, the Dutch flower painter, Gerrit van Spaendonck, encouraged the young artist s talents by teaching him the techniques for capturing variations in tone and color. The Sertum anglicum, or English Garland of Flowers, was an attempt to describe and illustrate some of the rare exotics growing at Kew Gardens. When L Héritier visited London in 1786, Redouté joined him there, and they worked on the volume together (Hunt). Thirty-one of the plates illustrated their respective species for the first time; while seven contain the only known illustration of the species. PROVENANCE: B. C. Dumortier (ownership inscription on title-page dated 29 March 1825); Jardin des Plantes, Toulouse (library stamp on title-page) REFERENCES: Stafleu & Cowan TL 2 4492; Hunt, Sertum anglicum (1963 facsimile), p. xxxvii; cf. first edition: Dunthorne 248; Great Flower Books 65; Hunt 692; Nissen BBI 1189. Bookseller Inventory # 65ERM0084