The first edition of this manual was published late in 1889, and the second early in 1892, both by the Rural Publishing Company, publisher of the "American Garden" and "Rural New-Yorker." The third edition, much remodeled, was published by The Macmillan Co., May, 1895. The book has been reprinted, February, 1896; May, 1897; August, 1898; August, 1899; June, 1901; October, November, 1902; February, 1904; July, 1905; January, 1907; May, June, 1908; August, 1909.

The old form of the book, under the title " The Horticulturist's Rule-Book," is now to be discontinued, having served its place and day. So far as I know, it was the first compilation of its kind in this country'-, and therefore it was very imperfect and incomplete. The intervening years, covering nearly a quarter century, have also seen a vast enlargement of the farmer's horizon, so that the little book that I prepared in my novice days can no longer represent the situation.

I am sure that I have more misgiving in putting out this larger and completer book than I had in the small first effort. The field is wider, and therefore more difficult to cover; and knowledge has grown so uninterruptedly that one knows scarcely where to begin and what to compass. The only definite point is where to end, for publishers fortunately set limits to sizes of books; and when this limit was reached I discarded three or four chapters and prepared the index.

For myself, I am conscious of the many good things that have not been printed in the book; but I hope that my consultant — I cannot expect to have a reader for a book of this sort — will find some satisfaction in the things that are included. Every care has been taken to choose reliable sources of information, but I can scarcely hope to have escaped errors; and of course I cannot hold myself responsible for the value of the many diverse varieties of information and advice that are here collected. Any user of the book will do me a kindness if he reports to me any error that he may discover. If the new book should meet with the favor that fell to the old, I shall need these suggestions in the making of new editions; but I can hardly hope that such continued favor will come to it, for this would mean that the two would span a half century, and in these rapidly enlarging days this is too much to expect of any fascicle of facts.

I am indebted to many good persons for the information contained in the book, as the names in the proper places testify; but I am specially under obligation to Professor A. R. Mann for much help.

L. H. Bailey.

Ithaca, N.Y., September 1, 1911.