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London: C. Cooke, 1798. Third edition of volume I , with the first title above, second edition of volumes II and III , with the Royal Encyclopaedia title, with the "Royal" designation removed in later editions. A hefty three volume set (complete) with 153 copper plates and maps, including some folding maps. Contains many brief encyclopedic entries in alphabetical orders plus longer, mainly illustrated, sections ("systems" or "treatises") on a variety of subjects: Aerology; Aerostation (hot air balloons); Agriculture; Algebra; Amphibiology; Anatomy; Annuities; Architecture; Arithmetic; Astronomy (includes plates of telescopes); Book-Keeping; Botany; Brewing; Chronology; Chymistry; Comparative Anatomy; Concology; Dialling; Distillation; Drawing; Earth; Earthquakes; Electricity; Entomology; Farriery; Fencing; Fluxions; Fortification; Gardening; Geography (this section includes six folding maps); Geometry; Globes; Grammar; Heraldry; Hydrostatics and Hydraulics (one plate includes a diving bell); Icthyology; Knighthood; Logic; Mammalia (includes a plate showing whales); Mechanics; Medicine; Mensuration and Gauging; Miscroscopic Apparatus (microscopes); Midwifery; Military Affairs; Music; Natural History; Naval Affairs; Navigation (includes a folding map showing Cook's voyages); Optics; Oratory; Ornithology; Peerage; Perspective; Pneumatics; Projectiles; Steam Engines; Surgery; Surveying; Trigonometry; Vermeology; Volcanos; and War. Hard to find a complete set, as many have been broken up for their handsome copper plate engravings and maps. Suede or suede-like cloth, dual red and black spine labels, marbled endpapers, unpaginated, volumes I and III about 6 cm thick; volume II about 7.5 cm thick. Externally quite worn, with chipped spines (see image provided), joints cracked but covers attached (the front cover of volume II is barely attached), covers peeling, evidence of old worming to the covers and joints. Intermittent foxing, from light to moderate, some occasional offsetting. Volume I: One text page has a stitched repair, a few lower edge chips, final twelve leaves of text dampstained toward the outer edge, miscellaneous other chips and closed tears, none affecting plate images. Volume II: first few leaves detached, several pages have closed tears from the bottom edge, several pages and plates with inner margin dampstains near the top edge, several plates with closed tears starting from the bottom margin. Volume III: numerous edge chips and closed tears, a few dampstains to margins, last four leaves have dampstains at outer edge. A worn but quite decent copy overall, a venerable old set suitable for breaking although we would rather see it stay together, handsome despite the obvious signs of use. . Hard Cover. Fair. Folio (39 cm x 24.5 cm).
Title: The New Encyclopaedia; or Modern Universal Dictionary of Arts and Sciences. On a New and Improved Plan, in Which all the Respective Sciences are Arranged Into Complete Systems... Other Title: The New Royal Encyclopaedia; or Complete Modern Universal...
Categories: Science, Medicine & Nature,
Publisher: London, C. Cooke: 1798
Book Condition: Fair
Item: 1.00 Item
Seller ID: 001539
Keywords: ENCYCLOPAEDIA ROYAL UNIVERSAL REFERENCE