Hill, John. A General 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 the Discovery and Improvements of later Ages in these Studies. Including the History of the MATERIA, MEDICA, and TINCTORIA, of the Present and Earlier Ages. As Also Observed on the Neglected Properties of many Valuable Substances known at present; and Attempts to discover the lost Medicines, &c. of former Ages, in a Service of Critical Inquiries into the MATERIA MEDICA of the Ancient Greeks. With, a Great Number of Figures, elegantly engraved. By John Hill. The History of Fossils. London: Printed for Thomas Osborne, in Gray’s-Inn, Holbourn. MDCCXLVIII. Folio. (xi), large double-page folding “Table of Fossils” printed on heavy rag paper, 654pp., much in Latin and in Greek, 12 full-page copper engraved illustrated plates signed B[enjamin]. Cole, Sculp, appendix, (6)pp. Index. Three quarter smooth brown calf over handmade marbled heavy bds., (rebacked mid-20th c. - as are the endpapers & free endpapers), 6 raised bands, gilt lettering on spine, label says Minerals. Corners lightly rubbed, some age discoloration to paper, some rippling and creases to folding table, else bright, generally Good. Chapters include Clays, Asbesti, Crystals, Salts, Geodes, Flint, with exceptionally detailed copper engravings, e.g. the Crystals, Fossil Shells, and Corals. Important reference work. One volume of three.