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Eden: Or, a Compleat Body of Gardening - HILL John - 1757. 
1757 - (HILL, John). Eden: Or, a Compleat Body of Gardening. London: T. Osborne, T. Trye, S. Crowder, H. Woodgate, 1757. Thick folio (11-1/2 by 17 inches), period-style full red morocco, elaborately gilt-decorated spine and boards, black morocco spine label, marbled endpapers. $10,500.First edition of Hill's richly illustrated folio treatise on gardening, with engraved copperplate allegorical frontispiece and 60 "very fine" full-page folio copper engravings (one hand-colored). Hill claims that this is among the first gardening books to adopt the Linnaean system of naming and classification: "Those who understand plants now call them, universally and solely, by the names of this author [Linnaeus]". we shall follow the system of Linnaeus, which we shall deliver completely, explaining his terms."The authorship of this work is generally attributed to John Hill, who signs the dedication, despite noting on the title page, 'compiled and digested from the papers of the late celebrated Mr. Hale.' "It has been suggested that Mr. Hale and his papers is a convenient invention" (Hunt). This is "a companion volume to A Complete Body of Husbandry (1756), and similarly issued in numbers, with frontispiece and plates. Perhaps in both instances the parts were issued over a longer period than the title page year. In the opinion of Fussell, the plates are 'very fine'" (Hunt). The parts and plates are organized according to the time of year, the duties that the garden requires at that time and the plants that are blooming or fruiting at that time. Samuel Johnson called Hill "an ingenious man". a very curious observer" (DNB). Hill published many works, including the famous and monumental British Herbal of 1756. Bound with half title. Hunt 559. Nissen BBI 880. Great Flower Books, 100. Plates generally clean and fine, interior with occasional light cleaning or foxing, occasional marginal dampstaining. Closed tear to leaf 5P2, affecting text; minor marginal worming toward rear of book, affecting margins only of plates 55-56 but not images. Beautifully bound. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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