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HILL, John.

The British Herbal

An history of plants and trees, natives of Britain, cultivated for use, or raised for beauty.

Stock Code
103665
London, Printed for T. Osborne, 1756
£1,950

Dedicated to the Earl of Northumberland, the work has a fine allegorical frontispiece entitled 'The genius of health receiving the tributes of Europe, Asia, Africa, and America, and delivering them to the British reader.' This was engraved by Henry Roberts after Samuel Wale, who also designed the title-page vignette. The engravings, whilst not being especially artistic, are all very clear and enable easy recognition of their subjects.

The British Herbal is of importance for being one of the first major botanical publications to appear after Linnaeus' Species Plantarum in 1753. 'A number of generic names used by earlier authors but suppressed by Linnaeus are retained here and thus restored to botanical nomenclature' (Henrey). Hill also criticizes Linnaeus for various errors, but always in a fair way.

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First edition. folio (44.5 x 28 cm), uncut, ii, 533, [ii] pp., engraved frontispiece, 75 engraved plates, title page printed in red and black with engraved pictorial vignette, light water stain to frontispiece, attractive modern calf-backed boards, spine gilt, red morocco label, an excellent example.

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