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Blog post from Saturday, 24 January, 2015

Rare Books and Special Collections

Pierre Joseph Redoute’s most celebrated work, Les roses, was published in Paris in three volumes between 1817 and 1824. This is the most famous work by an artist often considered to be the greatest of the nineteenth century flower engravers. The delicate stipple engravings are hand finished in colour and the work is dedicated to his patroness, the Duchess of Berry. Les roses depicts the rose collection of the Empress Josephine, wife of Napoleon Bonaparte. Her collection contained most of the known varieties in the Western world in the first decades of the nineteenth century.

The State Library of New South Wales is the premier library for the people of New South Wales. Its peers are the world’s great libraries, those that tell of the development of our societies and the unfolding stories of humanity.

Visit is to see our rich collections and to view our entertaining exhibitions. Explore our Discover Collections of journals, logbooks, letters, paintings, drawings and books documenting the experiences and achievement of the first British settlement in Australia.