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.
Woodward's Record of Horticulture for 1866, edited by Andrew S. Fuller, author of "The Grape Culturist," "Strawberry Culturist," "Forest Tree Culturist," and " Small Fruit Culturist." 127 pages, beveled boards, post-paid, one dollar.
This work contains a review of all the Horticultural books published in 1866, and records all Horticultural facts of interest for that year. The matter has been written expressly for the work - is not copied or quoted. It is purely practical and original, written by a successful author of very successful books. We recommend it to our readers as a repository of facts and information not to be obtained in any other form. The work will be published annually. This is the initial number.
In this work, the new edition of "Bridge-man's American Gardener's Assistant" is criticised in a manner not approved of by the revisory editor, who represents himself to be the agricultural editor of the New York Times, Observer, Independent, and Working Farmer. Copies of the book were solicited by him for each paper, and the following retaliatory notices published.
The explanation of the New York Times is, that this was written by another editor. But " that those who live in glass houses should not throw stones" The Record of Horticulture for 1866 is a work edited by Andrew S. Fuller, and published by George E. & P. W. Woodward. It bears the marks of having been hastily prepared, in an excessively careless and ungrammatical style, and in a frequent superficial treatment of the subjects discussed. The publishers have done their best for the work by printing it neatly and illustrating it with a few well-executed engravings. - N. T. Times, May 19.
Woodward's Record of Horticulture for 1866, edited by Andrew S. Fuller, and published by George E. & F. W. Woodward, has little that is new, and appears to be rather an advertisement of the publishers' other books than a repository of facts and information. - N. Y. Observer.
One object of the " Record of Horticulture" is to record and review all books on Horticulture published during the year. The editor of the New York Observer supposes this to be the publisher's advertising list.
We extract the following from a three-quarter column notice in the New York Independent, merely correcting the price of the book.
The most ridiculous thing in the whole book is the relentless spite manifested against the reviser of "Bridgeman's Gardener's Assistant," for revising, enlarging, and illustrating a book that everybody - even Mr. Fuller - acknowledges to be the authority among Horticultural writers. As he has made some false statements, in which our integrity is assailed, it is proper to explain the matter in this place.
The publisher of "Bridgeman's Gardener" brought the wood-cuts, ready made, to the reviser, before he commenced the task. A portion of the illustrations were purchased by the publisher of other publishers. The reviser had nothing whatever to do with the illustrations, only to insert them in the proper places. In a few instances the compositors failed to make the typographical corrections designated by the reviser. Therefore the first edition of a few dozen books of "Bridgeman" was issued with typographical errors. Before the next edition is printed, all such errors will be corrected.
Who has one dollar to pay for a book purporting to be a "Record of Horticulture," when, in fact, it is a record of slanders ?
To corroborate what we have penned, one paragraph is herewith copied from that wonderful "Record of Horticulture." The author says, "We fear, however, that some of our publishers, in their eagerness to have a long list of their own publications, employ men to write books who have no practical knowledge of the subject on which they discourse. * * * The two classes of writers most to be feared are those who have much to say, theoretically, but nothing practically; but think it their duty or privilege to make a book, if they can get a publisher to pay them for that which they purloin from others."
When it comes to this, that an author must write a second book to extol his own former work, and then give his book a false title, to induce honest men to purchase a treatise on horticulture, when the pages are filled with matters which are of no interest except to the author, the swindle ought to be exposed.
The second edition will be ready June 15.
Messrs. A. Williams & Co., of Boston, have in press, and will shortly publish, Chemistry of the Farm and the Sea. By Jas. R. Nichols, M.D., Editor "Boston Journal of Chemistry and Pharmacy." In one vol. 12mo., elegantly bound in cloth. Price $1 25. Geyelin Poultry Breeding in a Commercial Point of View. With an introduction by Charles L. Flint, Secretary Mass. State Board of Agriculture. One vol. 12mo., with twenty-seven illustrations. Price $1 25.
Beet-Root Sugar and Cultivation of the Beet. By E. B. Grant. Boston: Lee & Shepard, publishers. The cultivation of the beet root for manufacture into sugar has long been practiced in France; but so cheaply did we for years obtain sugar from the cane grown in our Southern States, that our people North would give the subject • little thought or attention. The rebellion, or civil war, however, in a measure compelled our Northern farmers to take up some crop for the purpose of obtaining a sweet to meet their wants. Sorghum and the beet have, therefore, during the past few years, received at the North, and especially in our Western States, pretty extensive cultivation - millions of gallons of sirup and thousands of pounds of sugar having been made from the sorghum; and one Illinois establishment has alone during the past season manufactured over 100,000 pounds of beet-root sugar, exhibiting fully the practicability and profit of beet-root growing. The work now before us has evidently been compiled with care; and in its history of the beet, tabular statements of the crop as produced on land, soils adapted to, seed and manures for, methods of cultivating, harvesting, etc., etc., contains valuable information in a neat comprehensive form that should commend its sale to every farmer in the country.