London: Printed for T. Osborne, T. Tyre, S. Crowder, H. Woodgate, -1757. Contemporary calf. 1st Edition. Folio (42 x 26 cm). Contemporary tooled calf with new spine with original red morocco label laid down; raised bands and plane panels; wear to corners repaired; covers with some wear more so on rear; modern ink inscription on ffep. Collation: [2-Frontisp.], [ii], [i]-iv, ii, [iii-iv] -714pp. + 60 engraved plates. Engraved frontispiece by Grignio after Wale. It is entitled: "The Genius of Botany explaining to the gardener the characters of plats, while Flora & Pomona offer him their choicest products as rewards of his labour" (Henrey II, p. 95). The binding has been expertly repaired. Text and plates in very good condition. There is some dusting and moderate foxing to head of some leaves and earlier worming in clear area along head of last 49pp. There is strong impression on plates. Very good. Item #0000764
Hill’s “Eden contains descriptions and cultural details concerning the various products of the garden under the time of year in which they flower or fruit, the phrase name used by Linnaeus for each plant is given, and each is referred to its place in (Linnaeus’s) sexual system, which is explained. Advice is offered on what to do each month in the kitchen, flower, and fruit gardens…” (Henrey, p. 98). Hill made drawings of plants from nature and engraved many of the plates from these drawings. Hill also copied a number of figures from the Hortus floridus Crispian van de Pass’s (Henrey, op.cit.).(Cleveland Herbal 442; Dunthorne 129; Henrey 776; Hunt 559; Nissen BBI 880; Stafleu TL2 2770).