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A TREATISE ON THE

Propagation, Culture, and History of the Rose.

BY

SAMUEL B. PARSONS.

NEW AND REVISED EDITION.

ILLUSTRATED.

NEW YORK:
ORANGE JUDD AND COMPANY,

245 BROADWAY.

KD 15529

HARVARD
COLLEGE

LIBRARY

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1869, by

ORANGE JUDD & Co.,

In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for the Southern

District of New York.

LOVEJOY, Son & Co.,
ELECTROTYPERS & STEREOTYPERS,

15 Vandewater Street, N. Y.

PRE FACE.

In offering a new edition of this work, the preparation of which gave us pleasure more than twenty years ago, we have not only carefully revised the garden classification, but have stricken out much of the poetry, which to the cultivator may have seemed irrelevant if not worthless.

For the interest of the classical scholar we have retained much of the early history of the Rose, and its connection with the manners and customs of the two great nations of a former age.

For many interesting facts in the History and Culture of the Rose, we are indebted to Deslongchamps, Vibert, Laffay, and several anonymous writers. To the former we wish most fully to express our obligations, both for the plan of this work and for many interesting facts and researches, to which we cannot conveniently attach his name in the body of the work.

Upon the classification we have bestowed much thought, and although we do not feel quite satisfied with the system we have adopted, it is the best that occurs to us in the present condition of rose culture. The amateur will, we

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