The Digital Library: The Rural Manuals

Note: The Rural Manuals constituted one of Bailey’s significant and prolonged editorial projects. It grew to contain over a dozen volumes by numerous authors, all under Bailey’s editorship. A full list of the series has not been attempted to date, and the following list contains only books in the series that list Bailey as a primary author (see note for the complete Chronological List).

Manual of Gardening: A Practical Guide to the Making of Home Grounds and the Growing of Flowers, Fruits, and Vegetables for Home Use. The Rural Manuals. New York: Macmillan, 1910. A “combination and revision of the main parts of” Garden-Making (1898) and The Practical Garden-Book (1900), “together with much new material and the results of the experience of ten added years.”

Farm and Garden Rule-Book: A Manual of Ready Rules and Reference, with Recipes, Precepts, Formulas, and Tabular Information for the Use of General Farmers, Gardeners, Fruit-Growers, Stockmen, Dairymen, Poultry-Men, Foresters, Rural Teachers, and Others in the United States and Canada. The Rural Manuals. New York: Macmillan, 1911. A revision and radical expansion of The Horticulturist’s Rule-Book (1889).

The Pruning-Manual: Being the Eighteenth Edition, Revised and Reset, of The Pruning-Book, Which Was First Published in 1898. The Rural Manuals. New York: Macmillan, 1916. A revision of The Pruning-Book (1898).

The Nursery-Manual: A Complete Guide to the Multiplication of Plants. The Rural Manuals. New York: Macmillan, 1920. A revision and significant expansion of The Nursery-Book (1891).

Manual of Cultivated Plants: A Flora for the Identification of the Most Common or Significant Species of Plants Grown in the Continental United States and Canada for Food, Ornament, Utility, and General Interest, Both in the Open and under Glass. The Rural Manuals. New York: Macmillan, 1924.

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