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Cyclopaedia (Encyclopedia) or an Universal - E (Ephraim) Chambers - 1751. 
Large Two Volume English Encyclopedia Printed during the Enlightenment in the Mid-18th Century before Denis Diderot completed his famous encyclopedia series in French. Many fold-out engravings of such as scientific instruments and scientific diagrams, even one of coats of arms. The best one is a huge fold-out engraving of a ship with detailed terms of all its aspects. This edition appeared nearly 20 years before the celebrated Encyclopedia Brittanica. A Must-Have for any scholarly library!Title: Cyclopaedia (Encyclopedia) or an Universal Dictionary of Arts and Science; Containing an Explanation of the Terms, and an Account of the Things Signified Thereby in the Several Liberal Arts, Both Liberal and Mechanical, and the Several Sciences Both Human and Divine.Author, Edition, Printer, Year: by E. (Ephraim) Chambers, F.R.S., The Seventh Edition Corrected and Amended (first edition appeared in 1728). In Two Volumes, London: Printed for W. Innys, J and P. Knapton, S. Birt, D. Browne, et al. M.D.CC.LI. 1751.Collation: Volume 1: Fold-out frontispiece engraving of scholars both ancient and modern amidst Roman ruins (often missing), Title Page, Dedication to the King (presumably King George II), Advertisement Concerning the Second Edition (i), Preface (ii-xxv), Concerning the Cuts (i.e. copper engravings), Dictionary/Encyclopedia A-K (unpaginated). Volume II: Title Page (in facsimile on rag/period-style paper), L-Z (unpaginated). Many fold-out engravings interspersed throughout. Runs nearly 2500 pages!Size, Binding, Condition: Two large folio volumes 17"x11" (43x28cm), rebound probably in the early 19th century in black leather with triangle decorations, marbled endpapers. The main shortcoming is the second volume is missing its title page, probably not bound in during the rebind. However, a beautiful facsimile title page printed in both red and black on rag-content/cotton paper has been beautifully bound in in its place. Most of the pages grade at just about Fine, beautiful, NO tearing. Slight toning to the first pages of volume but minimal once you get into the book. Signs of creasing to frontispiece fold-out but no tears. Repair to first leaf of volume 2. All the other plate engravings are in superb condition, almost like new.A truly amazing example of Enlightenment sensbility as demonstrated in these tomes. The first edition appeared in 1728, which is quite rare, and expanded and revised in numerous editions throughout the 18th century (i.e. 1700's). The Cyclopaedia was one of the first general encyclopedias to be produced in English. The title page of 1728 with its subtitle and subsequent editions gives a summary of the aims of the author. The first edition included numerous cross-references meant to connect articles scattered by the use of alphabetical order, a dedication to the King, George II, and a philosophical preface at the beginning of Volume 1. Among other things, the preface gives an analysis of forty-seven divisions of knowledge, with classed lists of the articles belonging to each, intended to serve as a table of contents and also as a directory indicating the order in which the articles should be read.NOTE: The pictures are of the actual item for sale. (The pictures are NOT a stock photo.)
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