The Natural and Agricultural History of Peat-Moss or Turf-Bog; to which are annexed Corroborative Writings, Correspondence and Observations, on the Qualities of Peat or Fen Earth, as a Soil and Manure, and on the Methods used in Scotland for Converting Moss Soils into Arable and Pasture Grounds, Plantations of Trees, &c.
Edinburgh: P. Neill, 1826. Octavo. (8 5/8 x 5 5/8 inches). xv, [1, bank], 401pp. Half-title.
Contemporary green cloth, spine ruled in blind and lettered in gilt, worn at head of spine.
Provenance: Gilt armorial stamp of a wolf statant at head of spine; Lawes Agricultural Trust (inked stamp on endpaper)
This work encompasses a detailed study of the history, chemistry, and uses of peat-moss.
Andrew Steele was a proprietor in Edinburgh who was a member of the Natural History and Agricultural societies of Edinburgh. This work includes observations and a history of peat-moss, a type of moss used as an additive to soil. Steele includes information on the chemistry of peat, the theory of peat-bogs' formation, and different methods of using peat-soils and moss. The book has various correspondences and accounts by professors of agriculture, proprietors, and others on their thoughts on improving moss and peat-bogs.