Plan for Reclaiming the Bog of Allen, and the Other Great Morasses, in Ireland; addressed to the Right Hon. Earl of Rosse.

34 pp. 8vo, attractive antique calf-backed marbled boards, spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Dublin: W. Porter, 1809.

First edition and quite rare. Richardson (1740-1820), political activist and geologist, devoted his final years to agricultural research. He “experimented with sixteen grasses, as described in An Elementary Treatise on the Indigenous Grasses of Ireland (1806). From 1808 he was a zealous advocate of fiorin grass (Gaelic fioreann) (Agrostis stolonifera L) as food for animals, a preventive of famine, and a means of abating the poor laws. He believed it to be the most nutritious of grasses, with the advantages of late growth and harvesting; he pressed for its universal cultivation.”–ODNB.

Richardson believed fiorin grass should be planted on the various bogs of Ireland as a way of reclaiming the land and making it useful. He provides a most interesting description of the kinds of bogs in Ireland: moor, softer moor, red bog, black bog, and shaking quagmire; he recommends fiorin grass be planted on each.

Cropped presentation inscription on title from the author.

Fine copy.

❧ Fussell, III, pp. 60-62.

Price: $1,350.00

Item ID: 6470

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