New York and London: Frederick A. Stokes Company Publishers, 1895. Newton A. WELLS. 1/4 cloth. [ILLUSTRATED] [GARDENING / HORTICULTURE]. 4to (12” x 10 ¼”); [20pp]; quarter-bound tan gilt-stamped buckram, iridescent green textured paper with roses, gilt-stamped title to cloth label; ownership dated “Christmas 1897” to ffep; 6 color lithograph illustrated plates including frontispiece; each color plate is preceded by a title page; light summing and scuffing to boards and edges; very good minus. Title listed in OCLC without library holdings. Very good. Item #1238
Newton Alonzo Wells (1852-1923) was an accomplished artist earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1877 and in 1880 an MFA in Painting from Syracuse University. He went on to teach at Union College in Schenectady, Syracuse University, and was Dean of the School of Art at Western Reserve University. He toured the U.S.A. and Europe exhibiting his paintings, and was included in the Annual Salon in Paris 1896-1897. His later career brought him to the University of Illinois, from which he retired. Newton A. Wells papers, Syracuse University.
This book features six full-page color reproductions of the artist’s rose watercolors with a title page preceding. Roses represented are the American Beauty, Madame Cusin, Jacqueminot, La France, Marechal Niel and Catherine Mermet.