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.
- By Peter B. Mead. Harper & Brothers. Price, $3.
After a careful perusal of this book, we can not consider it Strictly an emanation from P. B. Mead. Its object professedly is to teach the amateur gardener and vine-yardist, but the evident intention is to set forth the immense superiority of the Iona and Israella grapes above all other varieties, and thus to advance the interests of their originator, to whom the author is indebted for many of the engravings. Mr; Mead gives us full and explicit details of the, various modes of training and cultiva tion in Europe, leaving his readers to infer that all improvements in grape culture have been discovered only there. He disdains even a passing notice of American grape-growers or American authors on grape culture. Have not such men as Longworth, Chorlton, Allen, Ellis, Rem-melin, Buchanan, Husmann, or Fuller put forth an idea, or by their practice done aught to advance the cause of grape culture in this country ? and that, too, with varieties of the vine demanding a different mode of treatment from those of Europe ? The fathers of American grape* culture, we are to judge from the book, are the author and the originator of the Iona; they have brought forward varieties, and introduced, practiced, and improved upon systems of training that leave nothing further to be desired.
In a new book on such a subject we look for new ideas, but find nothing that has not been said, and well said, before. The author claims to give a simple record of his own practice and experience, and would lead us to suppose that he had a practical knowledge of the various processes of planting, pruning, and training. Those who know him best may ask, where is his experimental garden, that they may view the results of his labors ?
In typography, engravings, and binding, the book reflects credit upon its publisher; but the work ought to have been entitled Dr. Grant's Catalogue Revised and Improved. -Vineyard Culture. Improved and Cheapened by A. Du Breuil, Paris. Translated by E. & C. Parker, of Longworth's Wine House, Cincinnati; with Notes and Adaptations to American Culture, by John A. Warder. Robert Clarke & Co., Publishers, Cincinnati, O.
We have received some proof-sheets in advance, of a work on "Grape Culture," as per title above named. In the preface of the American edition, the editor says he desires to aid and abet all advance in grape culture, and also says we have now "started in the right direction," because we have avoided the errors of early planters in attempting to acclimatize our foreign grapes. In this, would not our American editor have done better - although, perhaps, not so well paid - had he been willing to condense his own knowledge into an American work? We think he would. But here is the work. Du Breuil is a capable man abroad, and undoubtedly handles the vine as there grown, and as to its habits, with knowledge and skill; but we well know the same course will not answer here, and hence we can see nothing gained to the multitude in publishing, or, rather, republishing, foreign ideas and teachings, although commented upon by an American. "Smith's Landscape Gardening" is a pretty good indication of the advantages resulting from Americans editing a foreign work.
Geyelin's Poultry Breeding in a Commercial Point of View. With a Preface Introductory, by Charles L. Flint, Secretary Massachusetts State Board of Agriculture. Published by A. Williams & Co., Boston. Price, $1 25.
We have been more or less engaged in rearing poultry for many years, having gone through all the breeds, and at last settled on the Speckled Dorking as combining all in all the most good qualities, and our experience convinces us that the meat of poultry can be grown pound for pound at a less cost than beef. The work here presented to the public conveys more plain and practical directions regarding breeding, keeping, etc., of fowls than we find in any other work on poultry, and ought to meet a ready and extensive sale.
Chemistry of the Farm and the Sea. By James R. Nichols, M.D. Boston: A. Williams & Co., Publishers. Price, $1 25.
This is a series of short and familiar lectures on the chemistry of various items connected with the household farm, and the riches supplied in salts, etc., from sea plants. It is plain and descriptive, and to the young or transient reader a work of interest and value.
The Horticulturist - Vol. XXII.................September, 1867.................No. CCLV
Hyatt's Hand - Book of Grape Culture ; or, Why, Where, When, and How to Plant and Cultivate a Vineyard, Manufacture Wines, etc. Especially adapted to the State of California. By T. Hart Hyatt. II. H. Bancroft & Co., San Francisco, Cal. 12mo, 279 pp.
Books devoted to grape culture are still in fashion. The Eastern States have been pretty well supplied with the home-made article in the past half dozen years, and now California comes forward to help complete the list.
California is without doubt one of the very best wine countries known, and Mr. Hyatt's book will be read with interest by every one who has any inclination to go into the business of grape growing.
The volume before us is a very handsome one, of nearly three hundred pages, filled with more or less valuable matter gathered from various sources. There is no doubt but that it will make many of our vine-yardists yearn for a California soil and climate, and perhaps some may be tempted to migrate to a land where the grape, it is said, never fails to produce a bountiful crop. We fear, however, that Mr. Hyatt has painted the subject in too brilliant colors, and few will ever realize the result which he promises to those who follow his advice.
We are told that no insect or disease is known to affect the grape in California, consequently they are always sure of a crop. This statement may be true at the present time, but that is no proof that it will always be the case. Other sections of the country have at one time been exempt from such pests, but they are plentiful now, and in many instances the culture of the grape has been abandoned in consequence.
American Horticultural Annual for 1868, published by Orange Judd & Co., New York. Paper, 50 cts.; cloth, 75 cts.
This is the second issue of this yearbook of Horticultural progress for the use of the gardener and fruit-grower. It contains many well-written articles, by some of our well-known nurserymen, pomologists, and florists. The articles, Rhododendrons, by S. B. Parsons; Propagating Evergreens, by J. Hooper; New Pears Tested in 1867, by Marshall P. Wilder; Notes on the Small Fruits in 1867, by A. 8. Fuller; and New and Interesting Plants Tested in 1867, are particularly valuable.
This work comprises a series of eighteen designs, twenty-eight elevations, and thirty-two plans of churches by the following eminent architects: Upjohn, Renwick, Wheeler, Wells, Austin, Stone, Cleveland, Backus, Reeve, etc. The designs are printed in colors, and all drawings are made to a working scale. Carpenters, builders, architects, and building committees will find this book a valuable aid.