London: Kent & Co., 1881. Original Cloth. Large paper uncut copy. 8vo (25.1 x 16.2 cm) Contemporary crimson cloth, expertly recased with original spine reinforced at head, darken color along hinges, gilt labeling on spine and front board, border and inner tooling with floral design in corners on both covers, beveled boards, wear to corners and tail of spine, small tag and remnant of second on front paste down. Collation: iii-xii, -318, [4-Index], [4-Cat.] pp. + 15 chromolithograph plates with tissue guards and 40 figures in text. Lacking half title. This is issue A on thick paper with addition of 15 plates of roses. The Appendix, 'The Botany of the Rose' is by Thomas Moore; 'The Entomology of the Rose' is by Arthur William Paul and 'On New Roses' is by the author, listing 40 varieties for year 1880-81. The text and plates are free of marks or foxing. A few leaves have minor repair to tears at head near gutter. Very Good. Item #0000625
William Paul (1822&1905), horticulturist, was born at Churchgate, Cheshunt, Hertfordshire…He was educated at Waltham Cross before joining his father's (nursery) business. Following his father's death he and his elder brother, George, continued the business as A. Paul & Son. In 1860 this partnership was dissolved… and Paul concentrated on the Waltham Cross nursery, William Paul & Son, which he had founded in 1859. Paul wrote articles for John C. Loudon and John Lindley. Paul's book, The Rose Garden (1848), was also immensely popular, reaching a tenth edition by 1903 and being reprinted as late as 1978. It is a practical treatise to which Paul's wide reading gave a literary character. Coloured illustrations initially made the book expensive; later editions were issued in two forms, with and without these plates.In July 1858 he joined the newly founded National Rose Society, and in 1866 he was one of the executive committee of twenty-one members for the great International Horticultural Exhibition. He also acted as a commissioner for the Paris Exhibition of 1867. He was elected a fellow of the Linnean Society in 1875, and received the Victoria medal of horticulture when it was first instituted in 1897. Although best known as a rosarian, Paul also devoted attention to the improvement of other types of plants, such as hollyhocks, asters, hyacinths, phloxes, camellias, zonal pelargoniums, hollies, ivies, shrubs, fruit trees, and Brussels sprouts. (ODNB) (Lindley, p.342 1st, 2nd and 10th eds.; Stock, 2165 Issue A).