AMERICAN WHEAT CULTURIST. A Practical Treatise on the Culture of Wheat, Embracing a brief History and Botanical Description of Wheat with Full Practical Details for Selecting Seed, Producing New Varieties, and Cultivating on Different Kinds of Soil. With Engravings. By Edwards Todd, Agricultural and Horticultural Editor of the New York Times, Author of the " Farmer's Manual," etc. New York : Taintor, Brothers Company, 678 Broadway. I This is a bookfrom the pen of a well-known writer on agricultural mat ! ters, and it must find favor with the large class of farmers engaged in J wheat growing in this country. It is a good sign for the future that such I books as this Can be published with the certainty that they will be purchased and read. The age for decrying what has been contemptuously styled *' book farming/' has passed, and farmers are beginning to see that ignorance is neither honorable nor profitable. This work is a record of forty years of experience in wheat growing by a man who had power to observe facts and trace them to causes. The author, in his preface, modestly recommends the work to the perusal of young farmers; but we are confident there are many old farmers who might read the work with profit. THE ELEMENTS OF TACHYGRAPHY. Illustrating the First Principles of the Art, with their Application to the Wants j of Literary, Professional, and Business Men, Designed as j a Text-Book for Classes, and for Private Instruction. By j Phillip Lindsay. Boston : Otis Clapp, 3 Beacon street. ! This is a system of short writing not intended to meet the wants of reporters, but to supply the want long felt of a very much less laborious system of writing than that now in vogue. The phonographic system, although beautiful, philosophical, and extremely rapid, Jrequires a much longer time in acquisition than that offered in this work, and with the practice possible to most literary men cannot bemade more available than Mr. Lindsay's system, while the latter is so simple that its acquisition requires only a few hours study. We have examined this work with much care, and are satisfied from our own experience in the intricacies of phonography that it offers a legible, easy, and rapid substitute for the ordinary syetem of writing which will avail to lighten the burdens of literary work-era immensely. It is perhaps too much to hope that such a system can be speedily and generally adopted for business purposes, but its advantages to business men become obvious to all who peruse Mr. Lindsay's treatise. THE RURAL CAROLINIAN. Walker, Evans Cogswell, Charleston, S. C. Terms, $2 per annum. This is one of the best agricultural monthlies that comes to this office" Every number contains some eighty pages and a number of well-executed engravings of agricultural implements, and of new varieties of fruits and flowers. Itseditorialdiscussions on the treatment oi lands tor cotton and other crops, the economy of various fertilizers, the best mode of application of manures, etc., render the publication of great practical value .to the farmer and planner. We commend it to the patronage of agriculturists both North and South. AMERICAN CATTLE, their History, Breeding, and Management. By Lewis F. Allen, late President of the New York State Agricultural Society, Editor of the "American Short-Horn Hand-Book," Author of " Rural Architecture," etc. I jtf This book is eminently practical in its character. The reputation of its author as a leading agriculturist, stock grower, and author, will recommend it at once to the favorable consideration of stockgrowers . A TREATISE ON NAVAL ARCHITECTURE AND SHIP BUILDING, or an Exposition of the Elementary Principles Involved in the Science and Practice of Naval Construction. Compiled from Various Standard Authorities. By Commander Richard W. Meade, U. S. N. Philadelphia : J. B. Lip-pincott Co. This is a work intended as a text-book for the use of the students at the United States Naval Academy, but we are sure it must meet the wants of many professional a s well a s amateur constructors outside of naval schools The work is elementary in character, and its matter has been collected from the highest authorities. Among these may be mentioned Scott Russell, Rankino, Murray, Know les, Fairbairn, Fishbourne, Marrett, andPeake. The work is a large octavo, printed and illustrated in excellent style. As a work of reference it will be found a useful addition to any library of tech -nical works. MANUAL OF ASTRONOMY. With a familiar Explanation of Astronomical Instruments and the Best Methods of Using them. By John Drew, F.R.A.S., Doctor in Philosophy of the University of Bale, Author of " Chronological Charts Illustrative of Ancient History and Geography." Second Edition. Philadelphia : J. B. Lippincott Co. Thislittle work, though simple and elementary in its character, is the work not only of a distinguished scientist, but an experienced and successful instructor. The main facts of the science arc therefore not only presented, but presented in the best manner. Many of our readers who have addressed us inquiries on various astronomical subjects will find them answered in a plain and attractive manner in this work. The portion of the work devoted to the construction and use of astronomical instruments will be found of especial interest to those who are not versed in practical astronomy. It contains nothing calculated to puzzle the most ordinary reader, as the special design of the work, has been to render the rudiments of astronomical science accessible to all.
This article was originally published with the title "New Publications" in Scientific American 21, 21, 333 (November 1869)