ANDERSON, James (1739-1808)
A Practical Treatise on Peat Moss, Considered as in its Natural State Fitted for Affording Fuel, or as Susceptible of Being Converted into Mold Capable of Yielding Abundant Crops of Useful Produce; with Full Directions for Converting it from the State of Peat into that of Mold, and Afterwards Cultivating it as a Soil
Edinburgh: 1794. Octavo. (8 1/8 x 4 3/4 inches). [xxvi], 150 pp. Errata/ad leaf in rear.
Later brown cloth.
Provenance: Rothamsted Laboratory (inked stamp on pastedown)
A discussion on the various uses of moss.
James Anderson was a Scottish agriculturist, journalist and economist who was a prominent figure in the Scottish Enlightenment. In this work, Anderson dispels the preconceived notions at the time regarding the infertility of moss. In the first part, he discusses the characteristics and "qualities of moss as an object fit for being converted into fuel" and in the second, "[moss] as a soil capable of being cultivated for the production of plants."