AITON, William (1766-1849)
A Treatise on the Origin, Qualities, and Cultivation of Moss-Earth, with Directions for Converting it into Manure
Air [Ayr, Scotland]: Wilson & Paul, 1811. Octavo. (8 1/4 x 5 1/8 inches). , xxxix, , 357, pp. Errata leaf.
Contemporary half calf and marbled paper covered boards, head of spine worn. Name inked out on title page.
A useful study on the various uses of moss.
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 study of the classifications, qualities, and uses of moss as manure, cultivated soil, fuel, and beyond.