Photos of Rose Grainger


Percy Grainger.

Including two in memoriam photographs.


Privatelypublished by Percy Grainger, no place or date, presumably some time after April 1923, the date at the end Percy’s introduction. First edition. Oblong, octavo, 22 x 30cm, 92pp printed one side only, numerous photographs of Rose and Percy Grainger including two in memoriam photographs after Rose’s tragic death.

Near Fine. Three small chips out of title page (no loss), some light age toning. Stiff sewn card wrappers.

This is a tender tribute from a grieving son to his dear departed mother. Australian musician and composer Percy Grainger and his mother Rose were rarely ever apart during life. The many photographs of the two of them together included in this memorial book evidence a comfortable physical closeness and imply an emotional connectedness. Rumours of  ‘improper love’ between them are thought to have unhinged Rose in her final months of sharply decling health and may have led to her suicide. While the text emphasises Rose’s love of life, family, siblings and friends, there is only one group shot inclided in the book – the rest are of Rose alone or together with her ‘adoring son’.