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THORY, Claude Antoine (1759-1827). Rosa Redutea seui descriptio novae speciaei generis Rosae, dicata Petro Josepho Redouté eximio florum pictori, a Claud. Ant.Thory. Cum figurâ aeneâ pictâ. Paris: Hérissant Le Doux, 1817.
8° (205 x 128mm). Letterpress title and 5pp. of explanatory text. Stipple-engraved portrait frontispiece of Thory, engraved and roulette-work plate, present in two states: uncoloured and hand-coloured. Bound with an 8pp. "Extrait de la Bibliothèque Universelle. Tome IV. - Avril 1817" (Paris: Hérissant Le Doux). Contemporary green glazed paper-covered boards (textured to resemble straight-grained morocco), covers with border of a single fillet enclosing a floral interlace roll, backstrip divided into six compartments by single gilt fillets, lettered in the second compartment, g.e. (backstrip rubbed at head and foot exposing the green roan reinforcing strips). Provenance: Christie's, New York (sale 5 June 1997, lot 655).
A FINE COPY OF THIS RARE WORK recalling the close collaboration between Thory and Redouté on Les Roses. The species described here was evidently named by Thory in grateful appreciation of Redouté's work on Les Roses, and the 8pp. Extrait.. is a review of the first part of this latter work, but also includes an overview of Redouté's previously published works. Rosa Redoutea... is recorded by Stafleu and Cowan, but they make no mention of either the portrait or the plates being in two states. The presence of these "additional" plates, together with the Extrait... may indicate that the present volume is some sort of de luxe issue - perhaps intended for presentation. Stafleu & Cowan VI, 14.293.
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