(SOCIETY OF GENTLEMEN.)

A New and Complete Dictionary of Arts and Sciences;

comprehending all the branches of useful knowledge, with Accurate Descriptions as well of the various Machines, Instruments, Tools, Figures, and Schemes necessary for illustrating them, as of The Classes, Kinds, Preparations, and Uses of Natural Productions, whether Animals, Vegetables, Minerals, Fossils, or Fluids; Together with The Kingdoms, Provinces, Cities, Towns, and other remarkable Places throughout the World. Illustrated with above three hundred copper-plates, engraved by Mr. Jefferys, Geographer to His Majesty. The whole extracted from the best authors in all languages. By a society of gentlemen.

London: Printed for W. Owen, 1763-4 Stock Code: 126003
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Second edition, first published in 1754, with additions and improvements. A richly illustrated attempt to organise and promulgate the accumulated knowledge of the mid-18th century, preceding the first publication of the Encyclopaedia Britannica by several years.

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Description

8 volumes, octavo (213 x 132 mm). Contemporary reversed calf, red and black morocco labels, covers panelled in blind.

Illustrations

Engraved frontispiece and 302 copper plate engravings.

Condition

Contemporary bookplates to pastedowns. Some wear and chips to spines and extremities, a few marks to calf and contents, some joints cracked but holding, a few plates closely cropped. A very good set.

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