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AITON, William A Treatise on the Origin, Qualities, and Cultivation of Moss-Earth.
Glasgow. Printed by Niven, Napier and Khull, Trongate. 1805.
8vo. The First Edition, 20.5cm, [ii],178,[2]p., in contemporary quarter calf, gilt decorations and borders in the panels, black leather label, gilt titles, marbled boards, rubbed and worn, upper hinge cracked, text slightly waved, a very good sound internally clean copy (snds) - William Aiton (1760-1848), sheriff-substitute of the county of Lanark, and, in his day, a widely known authority on all matters bearing on Scottish husbandry. Born at Silerwood, Kilmarnock, a neighborhood which he left in 1785, to go to Strathaven, Lanarkshire where he practiced for many years as a law agent. . At no period did his income exceed a hundred a year, yet with a family of twelve, he educated four sons for liberal professions, often sending them his last guinea when they were students at College. DND. - The DNB lists 6 titles but not this book, which clearly precedes "A Treatise on Moss-Earth. 1811".


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