HILL, JOHN. 1716-1775. Compleat Body of Gardening. London: printed for T. Osborne; T. Trye; S. Crowder and Co.; and H. Woodgate, 1757.

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HILL, JOHN. 1716-1775.
Compleat Body of Gardening. London: printed for T. Osborne; T. Trye; S. Crowder and Co.; and H. Woodgate, 1757.

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HILL, JOHN. 1716-1775.
Compleat Body of Gardening. London: printed for T. Osborne; T. Trye; S. Crowder and Co.; and H. Woodgate, 1757.
Folio, 410 x 260 mm. Engraved emblematic frontispiece, 60 engraved plates, all finely hand-colored by a contemporary hand, most plates unsigned but including work by C. Edwards & Darly, J.Hill, Boyce, Philips, B. Cole, and others, after Edwards, J. Hill, Van Huysum and others. Contemporary red morocco, covers with wide gilt frame of botanical tools in a repeating pattern, very expertly rebacked with the original spine laid down, spine richly gilt, all edges gilt, Spine a bit darkened, joints slightly rubbed, small scratches and abrasions to covers, small repair to lower cover at the time of binding). Isolated faint offsetting from plates, other trivial imperfections.

FIRST EDITION. This oversized, profusely illustrated botanical work is a volume of considerable beauty and is of interest to us today for its impressive plates. It was published originally as a weekly guide (and issued in weekly parts) offering information on plants that would be blooming, fruiting, or needing the gardener's attention in the following seven days. The needs of the flower garden, greenhouse and nursery, fruit garden, and kitchen garden are individually addressed. Each part is accompanied by an engraved plate depicting six or more plant specimens, the vast majority of them beautiful blossoms. As it was intended as a companion to The Compleat Body of Husbandry (London, 1756) by Thomas Hale, it lists that obscure gentleman's papers as the source for the contents here. But the true author was apparently the apothecary, botanist, and sometime actor John Hill. Although an autodidact in the field of natural science, he became acquainted with noted members of the Royal Society, including Martin Folkes, Sir Hans Sloane, Henry Baker, William Watson, and James Parsons, and acquired Lord Bute as a patron. With Bute's assistance, he published a number of significant works on plants and their uses, among them The British Herbal (1755), Flora Britanica (1759), and his magnum opus, the 26-volume The Vegetable System. The work was available with plates uncolored or colored. Henrey III, 776; Nissen BBI 880; Dunthorne 129; Great Flower Books, p. 100; Hunt II, 559; Cleveland Collections 442; Oak Spring Flora 53; Stafleu TL2 2770.
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HILL, JOHN. 1716-1775. Compleat Body of Gardening. London: printed for T. Osborne; T. Trye; S. Crowder and Co.; and H. Woodgate, 1757.
HILL, JOHN. 1716-1775. Compleat Body of Gardening. London: printed for T. Osborne; T. Trye; S. Crowder and Co.; and H. Woodgate, 1757.
HILL, JOHN. 1716-1775. Compleat Body of Gardening. London: printed for T. Osborne; T. Trye; S. Crowder and Co.; and H. Woodgate, 1757.
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