VITRIOLIC HOLE DIGGING
A letter to sir walter scott, bart. exposing certain fundamental errors in his late essay on planting, and containing observations on the pruning and thinning of woods, and maxims for profitable planting.
London. Printed for Messrs. Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, and Green, By James Shalders, Holt, 1828. First edition.
8vo. 123pp, . Uncut in original publisher's printed paper wrappers. A trifle dust-soiled, chipping to spine and wrapper edges. Internally clean and crisp.
The sole edition of a vitriolic critical address to Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832) regarding his essay 'On Planting Waste Lands, which appeared in the Quarterly Review, October, 1827. The author, William Withers (fl. 1826-1842), of whom little is known, takes issue with the 'cheap, hole-digging, short sighted Scotch system' of tree planting employed by Scott, despairing that such a notable Scottish figure should promote 'those barbarous and vulgar notions on this important branch of rural economy.'£ 250.00 Antiquates Ref: 18938