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ENCYCLOPAEDIA BRITANNICA;
- Or, A dictionary of arts, sciences, and miscellaneous literature; . The third edition, in eighteen volumes, greatly improved. Illustrated with five hundred and forty-two copperplates. In 22 volumes, comprising I-XVIII (text), XIX-XX (plates), XXI-XXII (Supplement, 1801); each volume over 800 pages, totalling over 16,000, with two leaves [of 4?] at end of second Supplement volume; frontispiece to Volume 1, plus numerous plates (calling for 542 in text volumes but bound without plates numbered LVIII, LIX, CXVIII, CCCCLXXXIX and DXXXV), several plates are folding, with large tear in one tape repaired on reverse, small triangular piece torn from bottom edge of plate XIV with closed split into image, and some light water staining of several plates towards end, plus 50 plates at end of second Supplement volume; small demy 4to; full tree calf, spines with red and green skiver leather gilt titling pieces, lettered and decorated in gilt, boards with narrow gilt border, the leather lightly worn and rubbed, with joints cracked but holding Volumes I & XVI, and slightly cracked or split Volumes II and XVIII, small piece torn from head of spine of Volume II, and larger pieces torn from leather at head of spine of Volumes III ( 4 cm. x 3 cm.), XX and XXII, small piece gouged from upper board Volume XIX; one leaf towards end of Volume 1 loosening, with fore-edges lightly browned and split, some occasional very light foxing and soiling, a few short closed marginal tears, plus light water staining to top half of several leaves of Volume V, piece torn from top fore-corner of leaf, slightly affecting three lines of text, towards end of Volume VIII, some occasional marginalia, mainly in pencil, some heavier foxing to several leaves of Volume XIV, Edinburgh, 1797-1801. Third edition. *The first edition of the \i Encyclopaedia Britannica was issued serially in sections from 1768 to 1771, and bound as three volumes. The copperplate engravings were by Andrew Bell\fs22 . \fs24 [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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