Willmott (Ellen Ann) The Genus Rosa, 2 volumes, 132 chromolithographed plates, 15 uncoloured plates, 68 full-page illustrations, all after Alfred Parsons, green quarter morocco, original wrappers bound in, t.e.g, folio (375 by 280mm.), London, Hazell, Watson & Viney for John Murray, 1910-1914
FIRST EDITION. A FINE COPY, bound from the 25 original parts, issued between September 1910 and March 1914. Miss Willmott was known throughout Europe between 1890 and 1914 for her richly stocked garden at Warley Place, near Brentwood, Essex. Her garden is a wilderness, her house demolished and her library dispersed. The Genus Rosa remains as a monument to Miss Willmotts imperial heyday at Warley when she employed as many as eighty-five gardeners. With its wealth of illustrations specially painted for her by Alfred William Parsons (1847-1920) from plants in her garden, its Latin and English descriptions mostly by the Kew botanist John Gilbert Baker (1834-1920) and its high standard of production, it stands as the twentieth-century counterpart of Redouté (W.T. Stearn, Ellen Ann Willmott gardener and botanical rosarian, The Garden Journal of the Royal Horticultural Society, June 1979, vol. 104, part 6, pp. 241-246).
The original drawings by Parsons were purchased by Reginald Cory and bequeathed to the Lindley Library. See illustration at page 184.