By H. Jager. Published by Ernst Benary, Erfurt, Germany. 1887.

This is a large octavo, 422 pages, gotten up with that completeness which has made German literature famous all over the world. The great range covered may be inferred from the fact that the index shows 1,677 plants and topics, considered in the body of the work. An extract at random from this index shows the character of the reading matter: "Fraxinus, Fremontia, Fre-nela, Fritillaria, Fuchsia, Fuchs-schwanz, Funkia, Furcaea, Futterkohle, Futter-ruben." It is impossible to give even a faint idea of the immense amount of information contained in this book, because much of it is given in a tabulated form easy for reference, and of course gives the information complete, though in a condensed way. We can thus learn in a moment all about any plant grown in gardens. If you have one only known by its name, the table tells you by a star the natural order to which it belongs, whether it is a hardy greenhouse or a hot-house plant, the kind of soil it likes for sowing, the season it flowers in, whether it is good tor cutting, or whether it is dwarf or tall, or of peculiar habits, whether it is valued chiefly for blossom or fruit, and whether the plant itself is or is not a good market plant.

All of this information is given by stars; but besides is a type description of the information on each plant noted which stars can not convey. It is undoubtedly the most valuable work on this subject that has ever been issued, and it will almost pay those of our readers who do not read German to take a course of instruction in the language in order to read this book. It need not, however, be confined to our German speaking readers, for very much of the tabulated matter referred to can soon be mastered by any one, and a considerable amount of information be obtained even where one is unable to read the full text.