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Artist Pierre-Joseph Redouté crafted two of the most famed botanical books ever made--and his paintings alone allow us to see the remarkable plants that once flourished under the care of Josephine Bonaparte. Now most of these exotic specimens have disappeared from Malmaison, her secret retreat and the setting for one of history's most legendary love stories. In Josephine's garden and hothouses (as well as on Redouté's page) grew flora from France, America, Africa, her native Martinique, and above all from the then-new land of Australia. Redouté's career spanned 70 years, and these brilliant examples display, in close-up, soft pink primulas; purple and white hyacinths; yellow and blue pansies; posies and wreaths, and many superb and delicate roses--the flowers for which he is particularly famous.