A Book About Roses: How to grow and show them.

New York: W.S. Gottsberger, 1883.

Small octavo (16.5 x 12 cm.), 326, [12] pages. Index. Publisher’s advertisements at rear. Stated “Seventh Edition”, but also the FIRST U.S. EDITION. The book was originally issued in London and Edinburgh in 1869, and went through many editions. Samuel Reynolds Hole (1819 - 1904) was Dean of Rochester Cathedral and an imminent Victorian Rosarian. He was an avid sportsman, spending much of his college time chasing the fox. Later, he became a member of the Sherwood Archers. More relevant here, he founded the Grand National Rose Show at St. James Hall in 1858 and the National Rose Society in 1876. He was a correspondent with Alfred Lord Tennyson, and Tennyson addressed him, within the correspondence, as “The Rose King”. A Book About Roses was by far his most popular work. Pages age-toned and very light soil to endpapers, otherwise clean and sound. In publisher’s dark olive cloth, decorated and titled in black and gilt. Very near fine. [OCLC locates thirty-five copies of this edition].

Price: $90.00