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HISTORY

OF

INVENTIONS AND DISCOVERIES.

BY JOHN BECKMANN,

PUBLIC PROFESSOR OF ECONOMY IN THE UNIVERSITY OF

GOTTINGEN.

TRANSLATED FROM THE GERMAN,

BY WILLIAM JOHNSTON.

THIRD EDITION,

CAREFULLY CORRECTED, AND ENLARGED BY THE ADDITION OF SEVERAL

NEW ARTICLES.

IN FOUR VOLUMES.

VOL. III.

LONDON:

PRINTED FOR LONGMAN, HURST, REES, ORME, AND BROWN;
BALDWIN, CRADOCK, AND JOY; R. PRIESTLEY; R. SCHOLEY;
T. HAMILTON; W. OTRIDGE; J. WALKER; R. FENNER; J.
BELL; J. BOOKER; E. EDWARDS; AND J. HARDING.

1936

LIBRAC

Printed by S. Hamilton, Weybridge, Surrey.

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HISTORY

OF

INVENTIONS.

GARDEN-FLOWERS.

SOME of the flowers introduced into our gardens, and now cultivated either on account of their beauty or the pleasantness of their smell, have been procured from plants which grew wild, and which have been changed, or, according to the opinion of florists, improved, by the art of the gardener. The greater part of them however came originally from distant countries, where they grow, in as great perfection as ours, without the assistance of man. Though we often find mention of flowers in the works of the Greeks and the Romans, it appears that they were contented with those which grew in their own neighbourhood. I do not remember to have read that they ever took the trouble to form gardens for the particular purpose of rearing in them foreign flowers or plants.

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