Hill, John


[Useful family herbal].

The 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.

Bungay: Printed and published by C. Brightly and T. Kinnersley, 1808 or 1809?. First edition published 1754 under title: The Useful Family Herbal; subsequent eds, in 1770, 1789, and "about 1809."--Cf.Hunt 551. Plates 19 and 20: Published by Brightly Bungay 1808. Some plates inserted in reverse order, e.g. 12, 11; 20, 19.

The fifty-four hand colored plates picture medicinal herbs from England and other countries.  Hill has arranged his plants according to their English names, adding the Latin name as well.  He gives a "general description of the plant, if it be a common one, in a line or two; that those who already know it, may turn at once to the uses; and for such as do not, a farther and more particular account is added.  Last come the virtues, as they are confirmed by practice: and all this is delivered in such words as are common, and to be understood by all."  Hill begins his work with an introduction detailing the purpose of the work, the methods of collecting and preserving plants, the techniques for preparing simples, information about distilled waters and other household preparations, and the best methods for putting medicines together.  This introduction is then followed by the
alphabetical listing of the plants, many of which are also shown on the hand-colored plates.  The work concludes with an appendix which discusses the virtues of plants which have not yet been tried.

Subjects: Herbal medicines; Vegetables; Herbs.


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