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BELL, Andrew & TYTLER James (eds.).

Encyclopaedia Britannica Or, a Dictionary of Arts, Sciences. &c..On a plan entirely new: by which the different sciences and arts are digested into the form of distinct treaties or systems, comprehending the history, theory, and practice, of each, according to the latest discoveries and improvements; and full explanations given of the various detached parts of knowledge, whether relating to natural and artificial objects, or to matters ecclesiastical, civil, military, commercial, &c. Together with a description of all the countries, cities, principal mountains, seas, rivers, &c. throughout the world a general history, ancient and modern, of the differenct empires, kingdoms, and states; and an account of the lives of the most eminent persons in every nation, from the earliest ages down to the present times. The whole compiled from the writings of the best authors, in several languages; the most approved dictionaries, as well of general science as of particular branches; the transactions, jounnals, and memoirs, of learned societies, both at home and abroad; the MS. lectures of eminent professors on different sciences; and a variety of original materials, furnished by an extensive correspondence..Second Edition; greatly improved and enlarged. 1778-83. .

10 vols. 4to. (26 x 20 cm.). Contemporary full tan calf. Armorial bookplates of Charles William Bury and "T.G.D." Complete with 340 copper plates as listed, of which one with original hand-colour (the Historical Chart in Vol.V) Joints and extremities with some neat repairs. Overall a fine copy.

The rarest of all editions of the Britannica, including the first edition issued in just three volumes in 1771. The second edition considerably expanded the content and number of the entries. It also has more than twice the number of illustrations. The controversial inclusion of biographies caused William Smellie, editor of the first edition, to decline working on this.


(See PMM , 218 for the first edition).

Price £ 15000.00
Stock Code F49297
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