WILLMOTT, ELLEN. 1858-1934.
The Genus Rosa. London: John Murray, September 1910- March 1914.
25 parts. Folio (380 x 279 mm). 132 chromolithographed plates, 15 uncolored plates, and 68 full-page illustrations, all after Alfred Parsons. Original grey printed wrappers and cloth portfolio lettered in gilt. Uneven toning to front wrapper of part one, some wear to cloth portfolio, otherwise a fine set.
Exhibited: Grolier Club, 'Essential Parts,' 1996, p 41.
FIRST EDITION IN ORIGINAL PARTS. The result of more than twenty years of Willmott's painstaking studies of roses from her own extensive gardens and from botanical gardens local and abroad, The Genus Rosa supplanted the works of Lindley and Redouté as the most complete and scientifically accurate monograph on roses to that point achieved. Praising the production as "a joy to the bibliophile" in a review from the period, Gertrude Jekyll wrote of the illustrations, "It would appear that a possible Redouté only arises once in a hundred years. Happily we have one in Mr. Alfred Parsons" (The Quarterly Review, vol 221, no 441, October 1914, pp 363 ff). No copy of the parts issue is listed in ABPC since 1977. Nissen BBI 2166.