BROOKES, Richard, & Joseph Collyer.

A Dictionary of the World: or, a geographical description of the Earth: with an historical and biographical account of its principal inhabitants. From the Earliest Ages to the Present Time.

Including whatever is most useful in Geography, and most interesting in Sacred and Profane History. Containing a Description of the Continents, Islands, Empires, Kingdoms, States, Provinces, Mountains, Cities, Principal Towns, Seas, Lakes, Rivers, &c. Together with an Account of the Lives of the Patriarchs, Primitive Fathers, Emperors, Kings, Popes, Legislators, Great Generals, Admirals, Painters, Statuaries, Historians, Divines, Orators, Poets, Philosophers, Lawyers, Physicians, Learned Women, &c. With their Principal Works and best Editions. The geographical part by R. Brookes, M.D. and the historical and biographical part by Joseph Collyer.

London: printed for T. Carnan and F. Newbery junior, 1772 Stock Code: 127477
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First edition of this geographical and biographical dictionary, surprisingly scarce for such a large and compendious work, with ESTC listing only nine copies in institutions, three in the UK, one in Ireland, and five in America.

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2 volumes, folio (427 x 258 mm). Contemporary quarter calf, red and black twin morocco labels, marbled paper sides, red edges.

Condition

Contemporary bookplate and later bookstamps to pastedowns. Extremities worn, bottom label of vol. I mostly missing, joints cracked and loosening yet still holding, sides stripped, loss to fore edge of front cover of vol. II, front free endpapers detached and loosely inserted, pages creased in places with some blemishes, some light staining at foot. A good copy.

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