LINDLEY, John (1799-1865)
Rosarum Monographia; or, A Botanical History of Roses ... A new edition
London: James Ridgway, 1830 [plates watermarked 1834]. Large 8vo. (9 5/8 x 6 inches). Half-title. 19 engraved plates (18 handcoloured), by Watts after Lindley (18) and Curtis.
Later three quarter red morocco over red cloth boards, spine with raised bands in six compartments, lettered in gilt in the second and third, the others with a repeat floral tool in gilt with crimson morocco inlay, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt
Second edition of Lindley's monograph on roses.
First published in 1820, Lindley's monograph describes nearly 80 natural species of roses and is beautifully illustrated with engravings after his own drawings. The son of a nurseryman, Lindley received an early education in his plants and gardening. One of his first important acquaintances was Sir Joseph Hooker, at whose house at Halesworth Lindley wrote his first work, Observations on the Structure of Fruits, published in 1819. Hooker introduced Lindley to Sir Joseph Banks, and the latter employed Lindley as a librarian. Through Banks's eminent circle of friends and colleagues Lindley came into contact with most of the major botanists and horticulturalists of his day.
Nissen BBI 1204; cf. Great Flower Books (1990) p.114; Dunthorne 183; Stafleu TL2 4636; Johnston 832 (first edition).