This section is from "The Horticulturist, And Journal Of Rural Art And Rural Taste", by P. Barry, A. J. Downing, J. Jay Smith, Peter B. Mead, F. W. Woodward, Henry T. Williams. Also available from Amazon: Horticulturist and Journal of Rural Art and Rural Taste.
(See Frontispiece.) - We have for some time back been experimenting in Photography, (or, more strictly, Mr. Morand has been doing it for us,) to ascertain how far this beautiful art could be made available for illustrating our magazine. Mr. Morand, who is one of the earliest as well as one of the best artists in his profession, has at last succeeded in giving us portraits of fruits and flowers incomparably superior, in our estimation, to any lithograph that can be made. A photograph costs us more money than a lithograph; but the former, besides presenting an exact portrait, is in all other respects so much better as a work of art, that we shall endeavor hereafter to give all original subjects in the form of a colored photograph for our colored edition. We did not, however, find a person who could color these photographs to suit us in time for the present number, and we had recourse to a subject that could be presented without color. This we found in Mr. Chamberlain's Pineapple in one of his moss baskets exhibited at the Brooklyn Horticultural Society, and which, on application, he promptly placed at our disposal. We selected this the more readily, because we find that a great many people suppose that Pineapples grow on large trees.
If there are any such among our readers, we desire to say to them, that our frontispiece presents a full-grown plant, basket and all, the height being about three feet. The card on the plant has an inscription on it, which the reader can make out with the aid of a magnifying glass. For the plain edition we give a fine wood-cut of the same subject. Having compared some of our best wood engravings with our lithographs, we could not help being struck with the better artistic effect of the former, and therefore determined to give one as a frontispiece to the plain edition,'printed on fine paper with the best ink. These changes involve an additional outlay, which we shall not feel warranted in making during these hard times, unless they meet the approbation of our subscribers; we should, therefore, be glad to hear from them on the subject. We do not think our readers can help being greatly pleased with the photographs we have in preparation; and we shall take no little pride in having been instrumental, in illustrating our fruits and flowers, in securing the aid of the very power that is materially concerned in growing them, and developing their perfections.