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Observations on the culture of the tobacco-plant... adapted to the climate of the west of Scotland.

Author
Title Observations on the culture of the tobacco-plant... adapted to the climate of the west of Scotland.
Imprint Glasgow: Printed by Robert Chapman and Alexander Duncan
Date of Publication 1782
Language English
Notes During the 18th century, Glasgow was a centre for trade between Scotland and North America. This pamphlet, printed just after the American Revolution, shows that Scots were keen to learn from America. The anonymous writer suggests that if the right location can be found, it should be possible to grow tobacco in Scotland as successfully as in Virginia. The book discusses growing the plants, harvesting the crop and curing the tobacco. It suggests that for extra flavour, you should sprinkle the tobacco 'with a little white wine or cider'. There is a long tradition of literature about smoking and tobacco; one of the earliest contributions was by a Scot: King James VI's Counterblaste to Tobacco (1604). This is a good copy of a very rare book; it is not listed in the English Short-Title Catalogue (ESTC), and only one other copy in the UK is recorded, in Glasgow University Library.
Shelfmark RB.s.2622
Acquired on 07/06/06
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