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John Hill (c. 1716 – 21 November 1775), called because of his Swedish honours, "Sir" John Hill, was an English author and botanist. He contributed to contemporary periodicals and was awarded the title of Sir in recognition of his illustrated botanical compendium The Vegetable System.

He was the son of the Rev. Theophilus Hill and is said to have been born in Peterborough. He was apprenticed to an apothecary and on the completion of his apprenticeship he set up in a small shop in St Martin's Lane, Westminster. He also travelled over the country in search of rare herbs, with a view to publishing a hortus siccus, but the plan failed. His first publication was a translation of Theophrastus's History of Stones (1746).

From this time forward he was an indefatigable writer. He edited the British Magazine (1746-1750), and for two years (1751-1753) he wrote a daily letter, "The Inspector," for the London Advertiser and Literary Gazette. He also produced novels, plays and scientific works; and was a large contributor to the supplement of Ephraim Chambers's Cyclopaedia.

His personal and scurrilous writings involved him in many quarrels. Henry Fielding attacked him in The Covent Garden Journal, Christopher Smart wrote a mock-epic, The Hilliad, against him, and David Garrick replied to his strictures against him by two epigrams, one of which runs: "For physics and farces, his equal there scarce is; His farces are physic, his physic a farce is."

He had other literary passages-at-arms with John Rich, who accused him of plagiarizing his Orpheus, also with Samuel Foote and Henry Woodward. From 1759 to 1775 he was engaged on a huge botanical work--The Vegetable System (26 vols fol.)--adorned by 1600 copper-plate engravings. Hill's botanical labours were undertaken at the request of his patron, Lord Bute, and he was rewarded by the order of Vasa from the king of Sweden in 1774. He had a medical degree from Edinburgh, and he now practised as a quack doctor, making considerable sums by the preparation of vegetable medicines.

Of the seventy-six separate works with which he is credited in the Dictionary of National Biography, the most valuable are those that deal with botany. He is said to have been the author of the second part of The Oeconomy of Human Life (1751), the first part of which is by Lord Chesterfield, and Hannah Glasse's famous manual of cookery was generally ascribed to him (see Boswell, ed. Hill, iii. 285). Dr Johnson said of him that he was "an ingenious man, but had no veracity." See a Short Account of the Life, Writings and Character of the late Sir John Hill (1779), which is chiefly occupied with a descriptive catalogue of his works; also Temple Bar (1872, xxxv. 261-266).

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Total Books: 183
Tales from the Silver State IV The Fourth Anthology from The Las Vegas Writers' Group
100 Years 100 Buildings
2016 - 100 Years 100 Buildings (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9783791382128
ISBN-10: 3791382128
Genre: Arts & Photography
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Air Fryer Cookbook The Simple Guide To Air Frying For Smart People - Air Fryer Recipes - Clean Eating
Jason Langer Twenty Years
2015 - Jason Langer Twenty Years (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781934435786
ISBN-10: 1934435783
Genre: Arts & Photography
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Across A Deadly Field - The War in the West
2015 - Across a Deadly Field - the War in the West [American Civil War] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781472802644
ISBN-10: 1472802640
Genres: History, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Humor & Entertainment
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Aspekte Deutscher Gegenwart Practice Book 1 Texte und Ubungen
2015 - Aspekte Deutscher Gegenwart Practice Book 1 Texte Und Ubungen [German Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780954769574
ISBN-10: 0954769570
Genres: Children's Books, Reference, Education & Teaching
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Classic Rock for Classical Guitar
2015 - Classic Rock for Classical Guitar (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781458451286
ISBN-10: 1458451283
Genres: Arts & Photography, Humor & Entertainment
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Across A Deadly Field - The War in the East
2014 - Across a Deadly Field - the War in the East [American Civil War] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781472802613
ISBN-10: 1472802616
Genres: History, Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Journey Through the Classics Book 1 Hal Leonard Guitar Repertoire
2014 - Journey Through the Classics Book 1 Hal Leonard Guitar Repertoire (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781480355927
ISBN-10: 1480355925
Genre: Arts & Photography
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Across A Deadly Field Regimental Rules for Civil War Battles
2014 - Across a Deadly Field Regimental Rules for Civil War Battles [American Civil War] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781472802583
ISBN-10: 1472802586
Genres: History, Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Unmanned Drone Warfare and Global Security
2014 - Unmanned Drone Warfare and Global Security (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780745333342
ISBN-10: 0745333346
Genres: History, Politics & Social Sciences
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The Old Man's Guide to Health and Longer Life
2013 - The Old Man's Guide to Health and Longer Life (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780712358989
ISBN-10: 0712358986
Genres: History, Politics & Social Sciences
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Guide to Contemporary New York City Architecture
2012 - Guide to Contemporary New York City Architecture (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780393733266
ISBN-10: 0393733262
Genres: History, Travel, Engineering & Transportation
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Ken Loach The Politics of Film and Television
2011 - Ken Loach the Politics of Film and Television (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781844572038
ISBN-10: 184457203X
Genres: Nonfiction, Humor & Entertainment
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Walker Evans American Photographs
2011 - Walker Evans American Photographs (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781935004240
ISBN-10: 1935004247
Genre: Arts & Photography
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At Home in the World Sounds and Symmetries of Belonging
2010 - At Home in the World Sounds and Symmetries of Belonging [Zurich Lecture Series in Analytical Psychology] (Other)
ISBN-13: 9781935528005
ISBN-10: 1935528009
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Dreamer In The Fields My Life as a Child Migrant Farm Worker
The Economy of Human Life
2010 - The Economy of Human Life (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781143536311
ISBN-10: 1143536312
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ENT Infections An Atlas of Investigation and Management
2010 - Ent Infections an Atlas of Investigation and Management (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781846920066
ISBN-10: 184692006X
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The Common Ancestor  A Novel
2010 - The Common Ancestor a Novel [Volume 1] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781153368315
ISBN-10: 1153368315
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2010 - Treason-felony a Novel [Volume 1] (Paperback)
2010 - Wild Rose a Romance [Volume 1] (Paperback)
2010 - Trait Des Pierres De Thophraste [French Edition] (Paperback)
2009 - The Inspector V1 [1753] (Hardcover)Paperback
2005 - General Chemistry Fourth Edition [Annotated Instructors Edition] (Hardcover)
2000 - Gute Reise Student's Book 1 Neu [English and German Edition] (Paperback)
1999 - Exploring Information Technology [Exploring Science] (Hardcover)
1999 - Aspekte Deutscher Gegenwart Texte Und Ubungen [English and German Edition] (Paperback)
1995 - Cultural World in Beowulf [Anthropological Horizons] (Paperback)Hardcover
1994 - Gute Reise Cassette Pack Stage 1 [English and German Edition] (Audio Cassette)
1991 - The First Battle of Bull Run Campaign of First Manassas [American Civil War notebook series] (Other)
1986 - Tank Leader World War II Armored Tactics [Eastern Front - BOX SET] (Hardcover)
Indian Subcontinent [New Project Geography] (Hardcover)
Letters and Papers of Sir John Hill 1714-1775 [Ams Studies in the Eighteenth Century] (Hardcover)
Cinema and Ireland [Studies in film, television and the media] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
It Is Well [Apples of Gold] (Paperback)
Aborigine Sourcebook [Justifiers RPG] (Paperback)
The Long Road From Oran to Pilsen [Joe and Henny Heisel Series VII] (Hardcover)