The Ultimate Rose Book: New Expanded Edition by Stirling Macoboy and Tommy Cairns - Big and Fantastic. The Mac-Daddy
The Rose: An Illustrated History by Peter Harkness - Old and Used, this is a WONDERFUL if expensive book. It is illustrations from the Royal Horticultural Society. The good: Illustrations. The bad: Illustrations (not photos). It is what it is. I love it.
A History of the Fragrant Rose by Allen Paterson - I'm a geek. I like this sort of thing.
Roses for Dummies by Lance Walheim - REALLY VERY GOOD
Foolproof Guide to Growing Roses by Field Roebuck More about Growing than Knowing - if that makes sense
Roses by Hazel White and Philip Edinger - Sunset Books - I LIKE Sunset books
American Rose Society Encyclopedia of Roses by Charles Quest-Ritson and Brigid Quest-Ritson - WOW. I had to get this one used. It is in bad shape but it is a GREAT thing
Old Roses by Graham Murphy - Wonderful
100 Old Roses For The American Garden by Clair G. Martin - It is a Smith & Hawken paperback and is really very good I suppose.
Encyclopedia of Roses: History, Botany, Characteristics, Design Examples, Planting and Care, the Best Species and Varieties - by Robert Markley and Elizabeth D. Crawford - EXCELLENT
A Reading List
on the subject of roses. From the County Clerk (his editorial comments in bold)