For if I wait," said she, "Till time for roses be,-
For the moss rose and the musk rose,
Maiden-blush and royal-dusk rose,-
"What glory then for me
In such a company?-
Roses plenty, roses plenty
And one nightingale for twenty?"
~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning
The roses above, which have been blooming profusely among the magnolias outside my library's window, inspired me to gather some of my antique decorative publishers' editions featuring roses on their covers and to do some scanning. Please click on the photo below to enjoy these lovely artists' renderings from long ago...
|The Rose in Decorative Publishers' Bindings|