Old Garden Roses

SITWELL, Sacheverell. Old Garden Roses,

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SITWELL, Sacheverell. Old Garden Roses, George Rainbird Ltd in association with Collins. 1955-57.

Tall Folio. 2 vols. Half vellum, marbled boards, gilt lettering to spine, each in slipcase; pp. 52 , 47, 16 fine coloured plates of roses, with tissue-guards, by Charles Raymond, each signed in pencil by the artist; a little rubbing to slipcases, otherwise very good.
No. 25 of 160 printed on 'Amstel' paper and bound in vellum, signed by Wilfrid Blunt and James Russell. George Rainbird Ltd's first publication was this comprehensive review of the rosa family; though projected to run to six parts, it never went beyond the two parts presented here. The plates owe much to Redouté and are very skilfully done.