Author(s): Trevor Griffiths
Third volume of old roses to complement "The Book of Old Roses" and "The Book of Classic Old Roses". It contains a further 600 varieties of old roses, found all over the world, many of them illustrated in colour. In addition to descriptions of colour and form, the author also offers useful practical details on cultivation, along with historical background.
Minor shelf wear
With lavish colour photographs, this volume is as handsomely produced as its picture-book predecessors, but readers seeking an overview of the history and cultivation of old-fashioned roses would do better to refer to the first two volumes in this series, The Book of Old Roses and The Book of Classic Old Roses. For the serious rose fancier wanting to learn more about individual rose varieties, there is a trove of information in the listings of 600 types not covered in the previous two works. Odd discrepancies can be found, though, between photographs and their descriptions in the text--such as when an almost-white Borboniana is called "very deep rose-pink"--and it is jarring in a book of generally high quality to see the occasional photo out of focus.