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.
A. N. (Louisville, Ky.) Gray's Botany of the Northern States. You will also find Eaton's Manual of Botany a useful handbook.- Walter, (Buffalo.) The volume you want is Repton's Landscape Gardening. Buist's American Flower Garden Directory will give you the culture of all the most popular exotics.
Design for carriage House and Stable readers, in order to contrast it with another picture, not from nature - but by the hands of quite another master.
D. M. J., (Carlisle, Pa.) The best general treatise is Loudon's Encyclopedia of Gardening. For hardy garden culture, Loudon's Suburban Horticulturist. Buist's Flower Garden Directory will give you much useful and practical information on the culture of hot-bouse and green-house plants. (Your other queries are answered by letter.) A Subscriber, (Mount Pleasant, Iowa.) Procure Buist's Flower Garden Directory, and our Fruit-Trees of America, which will give you the desired information.
R. J. B., (Rushville, O.) The best work on the Trees of America published in this country, is Michaux's (advertised in this Journal lately.) The best original work written in the United States - though it applies only to the northern species, is Emerson's Report on the Trees and Shrubs of Massachusetts, You will find a description of all the most ornamental trees, both European and American, in our work on Landscape Gardening. Brown's work has never been completed, only the first volume having appeared.
O. (Newbury, S. C.) Consult Barry's Fruit Garden, and our Fruits and Fruit-Trees of America. The other books most desirable for you are, Mrs. Loudon's Flower Gardening for Ladies, Lindley's Horticulture, Lou don's Suburban Horticulturist. Pax ton's Botanical Dictionary, and Loudon's Encyclopedia of Gardening.
If. M., (Pittsburgh, Pa.) The work on Fruits will be entirely remodelled this season, and all new varieties and improvements added. J. (Baltimore.) Lindley's Horticulture is precisely the book you need - no one who will study the principles laid down in it, can be an ignorant gardener.
In answer to D. A. W., we may say that no copy of the work mentioned ever reached our "Table;" it was, however, bought, and noticed on its own merits, and this course we greatly prefer to having any inducement in the way of a bookseller's donation; it leaves us entirely free to notice such books as are of interest to our readers, without bias. The source of profit from books received by editors, is beneath their notice, and results, more frequently than not, in puffing the most worthless trash that it is well possible to print; every editor who lends himself to such measures, does himself and the public a great wrong. We have labored long to convince all concerned of their error, and it is at length better understood that all such notices bring with them their own condemnation. A library, so called, is known to us, containing thousands of volumes presented in this way, and we very much doubt if any bookseller in the Union would give more for the lot than the price of waste paper.
Col. Wilder has entered the arena against Mr. W. S. Stems, of Cincinnati, on the dwarf pear controversy which we so innocently started. The Colonel offers to meet Mr. S. at any Boston station, with a carriage and pear of horses, and drive him all about Boston, Salem, and Concord, at the proper time of year, and exhibit to him all the dwarfs on record thereaway. This is an offer not to be neglected, and Mr. Stoms will, we have no doubt, avail himself of it in due season. The same thing was done to a near friend of the Horticulturist, last year, to his great delight. A monthly periodical, called the Cincinnatus (no doubt, because it never expects to be called from the plough which it drives so ably), contains this new breeze, which we are pleased to find blowing at such a safe distance from Philadelphia.
The flower of the Downing Camellia reached our " Table" by the kindness of Mr. Ranch; it is unquestionably one of the most beautiful and delicate we have ever seen.
In his former work, Vol. 1, "The Farm and the Workshop," the author announces his intention to publish a second volume. From several causes, the publication has been deferred until the present time. This interim has enabled the author to thoroughly revise his manuscript, and add information on the various subjects of which he treats, suggested by his further experience.
The first volume of this work (a new edition of which is now published, uniform with Vol. 2) has been a very successful book, is found upon the shelves of almost every reading farmer, and by many is considered their most valuable book of reference. Vol. 2 gives plain and practical details of farm management, a chapter on soils and their cultivation, and much other matter of a practical character.
Wheeler's Homes for the People - in Suburb and Country. The Villa, Mansion, and Cottage, adapted to American climates and wants, with examples showing how to alter and remodel old buildings, in a series of one hundred original designs. By Gervase Wheeler, Architect. New and revised edition. Sixth thousand. Price, $3. Published by Geo. E. Woodward, 191 Broadway, New York.
Wheeler's Rural Homes; or, Sketches of Houses suited to American Country Life. By Gervase Wheeler, Architect. New and revised edition. Price, $2. Published by Geo. E. Woodward, 191 Broadway, New York.
Woodward's Architecture and Rural Art, No. 2, for 1868. Original designs and plans for Country and Suburban Houses. By Geo. E. Woodward, Architect, No. 191 Broadway, New York. Tinted paper, beveled boards. Price, $1 50.
The above books, just published in an elegant and attractive style on fine paper and in superior bindings, are an addition to the series of architectural books to which the publisher is devoting his exclusive attention, and are intended as a valuable aid to all who contemplate building or improvements connected therewith.
The designs and plans are practical, and specifications, directions, hints, etc., which are fully illustrated, will prove to be many times the value of the books.
This series, initiated by the publication of "Woodward's Country Homes," a book which is now in more than ten thousand libraries, was followed by "Woodward's Architecture and Rural Art, No. 1, for 1867," and a new edition of "Jacques' Manual of the House," and it is intended to so extend it as to cover every department of construction, a field which Mr. Geo. E. Woodward means to occupy thoroughly, and which the resources of an extensive and successful professional practice will enable him to do well.
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Todd's Country Homes. By S. Edwards . Todd, author of Todd's "Young Farmers' Manual and Wheat Culturist." Sent postpaid from this office for $1 50.
A large 12mo volume, of about 600 pages, with numerous designs of villas and cottages, with directions to beginners to aid them in the erection of all kinds of wooden buildings, as well as those of brick, stone, and concrete, with bills of necessary materials used in the construction of the same. Plain and practical directions are given for digging and stoning wells, making cisterns, and doing all kinds of plain painting, whitewashing, and kalsomining, etc., altogether making a book of great value to those living in the country.
Attention is called to the advertisements of new books, especially Forest Trees, by Arthur Bryant sen., and "Daisy Eyebright's " book, Every Woman her own Flower Gardener. Published at office of The Horticulturist. Our Illustrated Catalogue of Rural Books, now ready, is the handsomest and most complete ever published. Send 5c. stamp for it.