AITON, William Townsend (1766-1849)
A Treatise on Labouring, Manuring, and Cropping, of Moss-Earth; with Directions for Converting it into Manure
Air [Ayr, Scotland]: J. & P. Wilson, 1809. Octavo. (8 1/2 x 5 1/4 inches). 56pp.
Later blue cloth.
Provenance: Rothamsted Laboratory (gilt inked stamp on upper cover)
Corrected and enlarged edition: rare imprint with copies located at the National Library of Scotland and the National Library of Wales only.
William Townsend Aiton was a Scottish botanist, the eldest son of botanist and gardener William Aiton, who worked at the Chelsea Physic Garden and Kew Royal Botanical Gardens. Aiton succeeded his father at Kew in 1793 and went on to work at Richmond Gardens, the royal gardens at Kensington Palace, Buckingham Palace and at the Royal Pavilion in Brighton. He also was one of the founders of the Royal Horticultural Society. This work is an expansion on Aiton's Origin, Qualities, and Uses of Moss-Earth (1805). It is a guide on how to cultivate moss, including how to crop and convert it into manure.