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A Society of Gentlemen in Scotland

Encyclopaedia Britannica, Facsimile of first edition of 1771 (3 volumes: A-B; C-L; M-Z)

Or, A Dictionary of Arts and Sciences, Compiled Upon a New Plan, in which The different Sciences and Arts are digested into different Treatises or Systems, and the various Technical Terms, &c, are explained as they occur in the order of the Alphabet. Illustrated with one hundred and sixty copperplates

Published: Colin MacFarquhar, Edinburgh, 1771

Edition: First facsimile reprint

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This facsimile of the original 3-volume edition was published in 1971 to mark the bicentenary of the first edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica, which came out in 1771. 

Full-bound in brown leathercloth-boards, with silver and silver-on-black lettering, rules and decorations to the spines, all page-edges tinted brown, plain endpapers, 697 + 1009 + 953 = 2659 pp of b/w-illustrated text plus 160 inserted pp of b/w copperplate illustrations printed on art-paper (see examples in images).

CONDITION. This is a handsome, complete and unmarked set, tightly bound and with all the original plates. The (light) original age-foxing is reproduced from the copy or copies used for the facsimile edition.

  • Binding Condition: Fine
  • Overall Condition: Fine
  • Size: 270 x 220 x 170; 4.8 kg
  • Sold By: Fontein Books
  • Contact Person: Richard Proctor-Sims
  • Country: South Africa
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