London: George Kearsley, 1802. First edition. Hardcover. Quartos. Vol.2: 871pp. Vol.3: 810pp. Vol.4: 805pp. Vol.5: 812pp. Vol.6: 801pp. Vol.7: 796pp. Vol.8: 784pp. Vol.9: 804pp. Decorative burgundy morocco boards, with gilt stamped ruling along the edges of the covers. Spine with gilt lettering and raised bands. Marbled endpapers. This set contains vols 2-9, and is missing #1 and #10.
The English Encyclopaedia, was produced in the wake of the first editions of Encyclopaedia Britannica (1768-1797) and included other information in the various fields, obtained since. The text is printed in a two column format.
The set includes an additional 2 illustrated volumes (labeled #11 & 12) containing a total of 400 beautifully produced copperplate engravings (each measuring 10.5x8"), by engraver John Barlow, which include some multipage fold-out maps and charts. These plates relate the various arts, sciences and humanities, and cover a remarkably wide variety of topics.
*Of special note is a fascinating astronomical chart (vol.1 plate 33), showing the orbits of the planets in the solar system, and listing Uranus as "Georgium Sidus".
This set is water damaged and should be considered a reading/binding copy. Bindings with rubbing, bumping and chipping. Some bindings with chips and tears to the spines, and a number with water staining, rippling and/or soiling. The front cover of vol.2 is detached but present, and the back cover of the first plate volume (#11) is missing. Interiors of the text volumes with some water stains and soiling throughout. Plates volumes with some light sporadic smudges as well as foxing/damp staining to the edges of pages throughout, but the images are in good shape overall and fairly clean. Bindings in poor to good-, interiors in fair to very good- condition overall. poor to vg-. Item #43479