CHARLES MALO (1790-1871)
Histoire des Roses ... Orne de 12 planches, en couleur. Paris: P. Didot, l'Ain, for Louis Janet, . 12 (130 x 81mm). Engraved title-page with stipple-engraved vignette and 12 stipple-engraved plates printed in colour and finished by hand, by Teillard after Bessa. (Some spotting.) Contemporary mottled calf, gilt, later red morocco lettering piece, gilt edges (extremities rubbed).
FIRST EDITION of this "exquisite little volume, dedicated to the popular flower (Oak Spring Flora). The work contains a history of roses, descriptions of a selection of the popular varieties, notes on cultivation and properties of roses, poems, and a botanical appendix. Nissen 1266; Dunthorne 36; L.T. Tomasi, An Oak Spring Flora, 79, pp. 300-302); cf. Johnston, Cleveland Botanical 853.