By Thomas Moore. With an Introductory Chapter on the Principles of Horticulture, by Maxwell T. Masters. Edinburgh : Adam and Charles Black.

This work was originally written as a treatise on horticulture for the 'Encyclopaedia Britannica.' It is published in book form, the author tells us, with the object of its being useful as a handy-book on horticulture in general; and to such readers who may not have time or patience to wade through more elaborate and comprehensive treatises, no doubt this Epitome will be of good service. To write a book like this is, in many respects, more difficult than to write more minute instructions; and, to do the author justice, he has done his work very well. His training and experience fit him much better for striking out the more salient points of practice than for minute and discriminating details; and this Epitome, embracing the formation of gardens, garden structures, and the practical parts of all branches of horticulture in a very condensed manner, will meet the wants of those who require only a few leading hints, and who have time and observation to grapple with and apply the rest themselves. The principles of horticulture by Mr Masters are equally condensed and brief, and we would advise all readers of the book to thoroughly digest them before proceeding to the practical part.