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L'HÉRITIER DE BRUTELLE, CHARLES-LOUIS. Cornus. Specimen Botanicum sistens descriptiones et icones specierum Corni minus cognitarum. Paris: Pierre-François Didot, 1788 [-1789].
Large folio, 582 x 440 mm., early nineteenth-century red half roan, spine gilt, colored state of plate 1 discolored and marginally stained, some light dust-soiling to upper margins.
ONE OF SIX COPIES PRINTED ON VELLUM, WITH THE PLATES IN TWO STATES, PLAIN AND COLORED, THE COLORING EXECUTED BY PIERRE-JOSEPH REDOUTE AND HIS YOUNGER BROTHER HENRI-JOSEPH REDOUTE. 9 leaves of text and 6 engraved plates by Redouté and L. Fréret, borders and captions of the colored plates heightened in gold.
VERY RARE ISSUE of this "magnificent... monograph on the Dogwoods... the book stands first in iconographic history: five of the six plates head the lists in Stapf's Index Londinensis" (Hunt).
Great Flower Books, p. 65; Hunt 698; Hunt Redouté Catalogue, pp. 100-101; Nissen BBI 1187; Pritzel 5269; Van Praet Vélins du roi III 6178 (listing only 3 copies on vellum, one in the Bibliothèque nationale).
Provenance: William Fuller Maitland, bookplate -- Henry Rogers Broughton, Baron Fairhaven, bookplate (sale, Christie's London, 12 May 1993, lot 16).
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