New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1996. Croll, Carolyn. Slim quarto, original laminated pictorial boards, original unclipped pictorial dust jacket. Item #10052
First edition of this picture book devoted to the life and work of French painter Pierre-Joseph Redouté (1759-1840), whose flower paintings remain high spots of botanical illustration. Croll depicts Redouté's encounters with Marie Antoinette, Napoleon and Josephine, and John James Audubon: "Painting flowers may be something small, but it is what I do best, because it is what I love most." A charming book in fine condition, signed by the author with a sketch of a rose.