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.
Since the adoption of illustrated frontispieces, monthly, we are pleased to observe the eager interest and appreciation of our readers. . Probably there has never been a single volume, in the entire history of The Horticulturist, which contains such an excellent (we may even say elegant) series of frontispiece engravings. Printed on the heaviest tinted plate paper, they are a valuable decoration to every number; and the entire volume for the year, is, we confidently believe, one of the most ornamental we have ever issued. During the past year, orders for back volumes and complete sets have come from all quarters, beyond our ability to supply; and as Mr. Wilder himself remarked, in a recent visit to our office, "The Horticulturist is warmly appreciated, everywhere; I am glad to see you have made it so popular, and infused into it so much enthusiasm, energy and ability."
During the coming year, our plans include many illustrated frontispieces of still handsomer character than any which have yet graced our pages; likewise, we are engaging the services of contributors to special departments, so that our pages may have greater vivacity and practical interest. We have so many tastes to consult and gratify, that we cannot devote exclusive space to fruits alone; but we love gardening, cottages, flowers, plants, and home adornment full as well, and we will never permit the "joys of the garden" to be overlooked.
We will adopt, in our January number, 1874, a manifest improvement in typographic appearance, viz.: two columns to the page. At present so much space is wasted and made vacant, by displayed titles, running full width across the page, that we have decided to use this space more advantageously, and fill up with more reading matter. By dividing the page into two columns, we still have room for leaded matter and open ornamentation, yet we can admit fully one-fifth more reading.
The Horticulturist, in its first five volumes, was published in this way, and now, after a lapse of twenty-eight years, it is convenient to return once more to the old custom.
Our readers are invited to contribute to its pages from their note-books of experience, and (to gladden the publisher) renew subscriptions early. Do not drop your Horticulturist first, on the list of papers, in these economical times. It fills a special field, and what it does is a work of love, and sympathy, and public good.
Mark Miller still remains with us, as Western Editor, for the coming year.