IT is nearly a year since we announced the preparation of a new volume on Landscape Gardening and Rural Taste, which would prove to be the finest ever issued in this country. It has now been printed by D. Appleton & Co., and is offered to the public. Mr. Frank J. Scott, the author, is an architect and landscape gardener, whose early life was spent in one of the towns of the Hudson river, where he became acquainted with A. J. Downing, entered his service as a pupil and became enamored of the art. He was familiar with all Mr. Downing's plans, especially in literary pursuits, and had often heard Mr. Downing express a desire to write and issue a book on American trees and shrubs, with plans for the ornamentation of home grounds, which should be the most full and complete ever published for American use. His early death prevented the carrying out of so happy an idea. Mr. Scott never forgot it however, and since that time has patiently gathered all necessary material, has taken Mr. Downing's ideas where he left them crude and unfinished, has weaved them with his own into a harmonious whole, and for the past ten years has been at work preparing, revising, writing, and putting all the necessary tasteful touches in order to render the volume unique, beautiful, complete, and a chef d'aeuvre of rural art and taste.

The result has more than equalled the anticipations we had formed of it. More than $5,000 have been spent upon it in illustrations - and a lifetime of careful thought, has made it almost faultless in its idea and details. The volume is devoted to four objects.

1st. To the consideration of Rural Taste in itself, how to diffuse it more widely.

2d. Landscape Gardening, what it is, and how brought within the ordinary range of the people.

3d. A complete descriptive list of all ornamental shade-trees, shrubs, vines, etc., fit for use in villa or cottage grounds.

4th. It gives over forty plans of grounds, as a guide to any one about to build how to lay out his place handsomely.

The author has aimed principally to meet the wants of that class of men in the suburbs of large cities, who have small spaces of five lots to five acres, who wish to make their area as. handsome as possible, at moderate cost. A great deal of useful information is given of how to select the proper ground, drain it; what buildings to erect, designs for them; what color to paint, fences to put up; hedges, materials to be used in decorative planting; faults to avoid; walks and roads, how to plant in harmony ; the fitness of trees to different locations; plans for flower-beds; characteristics of trees, their forms of growth, etc., 300 pages are devoted to this style of topics, and BOO pages more are devoted to a detailed description of every species of ornamental tree, shrub or vine, now cultivated and fit to be planted, numbering over 1,200 kinds. This list alone contains information worth $10,000 to every horticulturist in the country, and renders it the finest and most complete book of its kind now extant.

The volume contains 600 pages in all, is sumptuously bound, and is sold at the uniform price of $8.

Hereafter, to any one asking for the best book on Landscape Gardening, or the best on American trees and shrubs for ornamental use, or the best book with plans for laying out home grounds, our only answer will be, get "Scott's Suburban Home Grounds".