Hill, John. A General Natural History: or, new and accurate Descriptions of the Animals, Vegetables, and Minerals. [1751].

Hill, John. A General Natural History: or, new and accurate Descriptions of the Animals, Vegetables, and Minerals of the Different Parts of the World; with Their Virtues, and Uses as far as hitherto certainly known, in Medicine and Mechanics: Illustrated by a General Review of the Knowledge of the Ancients, and Improvements and Discoveries of later Ages in these Studies. Including the History of Materia Medica, Pictoria, and Tinctoria of the Present and Earlier Ages: As Also observations on the neglected Properties of many valuable Substances Known at present; and Attempts to discover the lost Medicines, &c. Of former Ages, in a Series of Critical Enquiries into the Materia Medica of the Ancient Greeks. With A great Number of Figures, elegantly Engraved. By John Hill. Acad. Reg. Scient. Burgid. &c. Soc. London: Printed for Thomas Osbornes, in Gray’s-Inn, Holbourn. MDCCLI. First Edition. 4to. xxvi, 642pp., 16 full page hand-colored copper engraved plates, B[enjamin]. Cole, Sculptor, b/w engraved tailpieces, (7)pp. index. Original dark brown calf over heavy bds., 6 raised bands, gilt lettering and decoration on spine. Corners and covers rubbed, gilt lettering and decoration rubbed, some discoloration and darkening to pages opposite the engraved plates, rear free endpapers fragile at gutters, else generally Good. Volume 2 in the series. Rare. On page 72, opposite B. Cole’s beautiful hand-colored engravings of mushrooms,  Hill described truffles as a “favorite ingredient in our sauces.”