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THE FAMILY HERBAL, or an account of all those English plants, Sir John Hill, Leather Bound 54 color plates 1812

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 THEE FAMILY HERBAL, or an account of all those English plants, which are remarkable for their virtues, and of the drugs which are produced by vegetables of other countries; with their descriptions and their uses, as proved by experience. also, Directions for the gathering and preserving roots, herbs, flowers, and seeds; the various methods of preserving these simples for present use; receipts for making distilled waters, conserves, syrups, electuaries, juleps, draughts, etc. etc. with necessary cautions in giving them. Intended for the use of families.
By Sir John Hill, M.D. of Sciences at Bordeaux. Illustrated with 54 hand coloured plates of one hundred and fifty coloured plants, 376 pages. BUNGAY: Printed and Published by C Brightley & Co, Published also by Kinnersley 1812.
Very Fine work with color plates, over 200 year old copy

Sir John Hill M.D., calling himself Sir John, as member of the Swedish order of Vasa (1716 –1775), miscellaneous writer, the second son of the Rev. Theophilus Hill, is said to have been born at Peterborough in 1716. Early in life he was apprenticed to an apothecary, and after serving his term set up for himself in a small shop in St. Martin's Lane, Westminster. He tried to increase his profits by studying botany, and was employed by the Duke of Richmond and Lord Petre in the arrangement of their gardens and collections of dried plants. Hill travelled over the country in search of the rarer plants, specimens of which were to be dried by a particular process, and published by subscription with descriptive letterpress. Failing to increase his income sufficiently by these means, he went on the stage, but after several unsuccessful attempts, both at the ‘little theatre’ in the Haymarket and at Covent Garden, he resumed his business as an apothecary. He obtained a diploma of medicine from the University of St. Andrews  and failing to obtain the requisite number of names for his nomination to the Royal Society, he attacked the society in several satirical pamphlets. In 1751 he published ‘A Review of the Works of the Royal Society,’ holding up to ridicule the ‘Philosophical Transactions,’ to which he had himself contributed two papers a few years previously (Phil. Trans. Abr. ix. 200, 337).  In 1759 he commenced the publication of ‘The Vegetable System.’ This cumbrous work, consisting of twenty-six folio volumes, and containing sixteen hundred copper-plate engravings representing twenty-six thousand different plants, was undertaken by Hill at the instance of his patron Lord Bute. It was not completed until 1775, and caused Hill heavy pecuniary losses, though it gained him the order of Vasa from the king of Sweden in 1774, and he thenceforth called himself Sir John. Hill next turned quack, and applied himself to the preparation of various herb medicines, such as ‘the essence of waterdock,’ ‘tincture of valerian,’ ‘pectoral balsam of honey,’ and ‘tincture of bardana,’ by the sale of which he made considerable sums of money. Through Bute he obtained the appointment of superintendent of the Royal Gardens at Kew; the grant, however, does not appear to have been confirmed. He died of gout, a disease for which he professed to have an invaluable specific, on 21 Nov. 1775, in Golden Square, and was buried at Denham.

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