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Redoute's Roses (Les Roses)

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Book published May 1998 by Wordsworth Editions.
ISBN: 1-85326-498-9.

Authored by Pierre-Joseph Redouté, Claude-Antoine Thory
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Les Roses was published in 30 parts from March 1817 to March 1824. In each, there were several plates by Redoute with commentary by Claude-Antoine Thory. The original paintings no longer exist. They were destroyed in a fire at the Library of the Louvre.
[From The Old Rose Adventurer, by Brent C. Dickerson, pp. 73-74:] Redouté and Thory... were well known for their habit of rebaptizing cultivars... The name 'Celsiana' is first found in Redouté and Thory [Les Roses]; and they were well known for their habit of rebaptizing cultivars... 'Belle Couronnée' has, as its textual heading in Redouté and Thory, Rosa damascena celsiana, with "Rosier de Cels" as its vernacular name there. In the accompanying plate of Redouté's, the supposed name 'Celsiana' is entirely forgotten; the cultivar is inscribed "Rosa damascena" on the one side of the plate, and "Rosier de Cels" on the other. We turn to the text, and find Redouté and Thory consciously dedicating it with this magnificent name to Jacques-Martin Cels, their old colleague in the court botanical circles at Malmaison in the days of the Empress Joséphine...
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