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.
Rural Studies. By Donald G. Mitchell. New York: C. Scribner & Co., Publishers. Price $1 75.
We have received a copy of the above book from the author. It is written in his usual pleasing style, and gives many useful hints to those contemplating a residence in the country. Some of the articles contained in the work were written for and have appeared in the Horticulturist from time to time. Our readers will be glad to welcome them in a collected form, together with much other matter that we believe has not before appeared in print.
Appleton's Hand-Book of Northern Travel; being a guide through the Eastern, Northern, and Western States and Territories, with descriptive sketches of the principal cities and towns, and objects of interest and importance.
Annual Report of the Chamber of Commerce, New York, being a record of their proceedings for the year 1866, and containing much useful statistical information.
The Small Fruit Culturist. By Andrew S. Puller. New York: Orange Judd & Co., Publishers.
To the readers of the Horticulturist Mr. Fuller is well known, and in the language of one of our Western journals, it is also well known that "he writes every word from a practical knowledge of his subject." In this book we have just what we have long been wanting, a plain record of instruction in relation not only to the cultivation of small fruits, but also as to the varieties, and a record nowhere else obtainable, because all in advance of other books and up with the times. The bold sifting of varieties of the currant And raspberry show the writer working from a daily observation and culture, not from office knowledge.
American Pomology - Apples. By Dr. John A. Warder. New York: Orange Judd & Co., Publishers. Price, $3.
The country West and East know Dr. John A. Warder, and also that for many years he has made fruits his particular study. In this work he has given us Apples only, and has performed a laborious task in a very superior manner, and made up a classification new to our fruit men, and which to pomologists may prove valuable. We have but one regret to make in his work, and that is the leaving out of synonyms or local names; but as the work swelled to over 700 pages, it perhaps was not possible to incorporate them and keep within bounds which the publisher must respect or lose money. The Apple is the great first fruit of our country, and every farmer grows them, however much he may think "pears for his heirs," or strawberries too small an affair for his time. Therefore the author has done wisely in taking for his commencement of American Pomology that fruit which is part and parcel of every household, and we trust the sale will be such as to induce him to continue in the work of well-doing, and hereafter give us pears, cherries, etc., etc.
(From the "Working Farmer," by S. Edwards Todd, revisory editor of "Bridgeman's Am. Gardener's Asst.")
Twenty years ago, almost every religious society in the country was required to purchase new singing books almost every winter, "in order to keep up with the improvements of the age." Well, what progress did singers or composers make ? In the first edition they had the good old stand-by tunes - Old Hundred, Mear, Wind, and Wells. In the next, appeared Wells, Mear, Windham, and Old Hundred. And the only improvement was that Old Hundred was written, first in the key of A, and then in the key pf G. This is exactly the case with "Fuller's Record of Horticulture." There is nothing strictly horticultural that has not been published over and oyer again in the Working Farmer for the past ten years. S. E. T.
[That is it; buy the "Record," and you will not need the last ten volumes of the Working Farmer, and so far as horticulture is concerned, the next ten either.]