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A Society of Gentlemen in Scotland (authors); [Andrew Bell] (160 copperplates)

Encyclopaedia Britannica; or, A Dictionary of Arts and Sciences: in three Volumes compiled upon a new plan . . . (1771)

. . . compiled upon a new plan, in which the different Sciences and Arts are digested into distinct Treatises or Systems; and the various Technical Terms, &c, are explained as they occur in the order of the Alphabet

Published: Encyclopaedia Britannica, 1971

Edition: Facsimile of first edition

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A rare fine set of the 3-vol bicentennial facsimile reprint of the first Encyclopaedia Britannica, published in 1771; fully described in the subtitle and the early images.

Note the superb quality of  the 160 inserted monochrome copperplates - attributed to Andrew Bell, one of the publishers - of which several are shown in the images.

Unmarked and undiscoloured.

The occasional light foxing of the text pages is repeated from the original copies used for the facsimile reproduction.

  • Binding Condition: Fine
  • Overall Condition: Fine
  • Sold By: Fontein Books
  • Contact Person: Richard Proctor-Sims
  • Country: South Africa
  • Email: fontein@wol.co.za
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