[ James Lothian, Scottish gardener. ] Autograph Letter Signed to Daniel Mctaggart of Kilkerran, sending a book on the 'Potatoe question'.

James Lothian (1817-1871), Scottish gardener, author of the first English book on the cultivation of Alpine plants [ Daniel McTaggart [ Mactaggart ] of Kilkerran, Argyll, Scotland
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No place. 19 June 1854.
SKU: 18095

2pp., 16mo. Bifolium. Addressed on reverse of second leaf to 'Daniel McTaggart Esq: of Kilkeran [sic]'. In fair condition, on lightly aged paper. He is sending him 'Keith' (i.e. a book by George Skene Keith), which contains 'some facts bearing on the Potatoe question'. He has other works on the same matter, but they are 'out', with the exception of 'Vol: 2 of the Gardener which I send down'. In his opinion 'Works on Forrest [sic] trees and Landscape Gardening throw no light on either disease or Longivity [sic] of Plants. Botanical and Horticultural works contain real facts on those subjects'. If he gets his 'hands on any thing farther' he will send it down. Lothian is the subject of a monograph by E. Charles Nelson and W. H. King: 'James Lothian (1817-1871) and his book Practical Hints on the Culture and General Management of Alpine or Rock Plants' in 'Huntiana' (Hunt Institute, Pittsburgh), vol.13, no.2, 2007.