24 June 2009
HILL, John. The British Herbal: an History of Plants and Trees, Natives of Britain, Cultivated for Use, or Raised for Beauty. London: for T. Osborne and J. Shipton, J. Hodges, J. Newberry, B. Collins, S. Crowder and H. Woodgate, 1756 [1757-8].
2o (410 x 258 mm). Title-page printed in red and black. Engraved frontispiece by H. Roberts after S. Wale, title with engraved vignette, dedication to the Earl of Northumberland headed by engraved arms, 75 engraved plates by Boyce, Darly & Edwards, R. Benning, H. Roberts and others after Darly & Edwards and J. Burgess, woodcut tailpieces. (Some occasional offsetting from plates onto text leaves.) Contemporary calf (rebacked, some wear).
FIRST EDITION. "The genera and species are clearly described in The British Herbal, and the work is of importance as being one of the first publications to appear after the Species plantarum of 1753, the year internationally accepted as the starting-point for modern botanical nomenclature... The British Herbal is also of interest for Hill's criticism of Linnaeus" (Henrey). See lot previous lot for a colored large-paper copy. Blunt and Stearn, The Art of Botanical Illustration, pp.170-171; Henrey 799, pp. 92-95; Hunt 557; Nissen BBI 881; Stafleu & Cowan TL2 2769.
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