Rees' Encyclopedia 187 engraved plates 1820 Arts Navigation - Writing in CypherBrian DiMambro- Antiquarian Books, Maps & Prints
(Old Books, 19th Century Books, Illustrated Books, Engravings, Sciences, Arts).
The Cyclopaedia or, Universal Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and Literature, by Abraham Rees.
Published 1820, London for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, & Brown.
Text in English. Profusely illustrated throughout with 187 engraved plates, book is a series of engraved plates with a title page. Virtually all plates engraved by Wilson Lowry.
Later institutional cloth binding, gilt title lettering. A small random assortment of plates have small blind stamps (perhaps 3 or 4 total), old library book plate to front pastedown.
Volume 3 of a larger set. This volume complete unto itself, being a long run of images.
Book is physically old and shows some signs of handling and time. Book is not new or in "new" condition.
Binding gently age worn, mostly light signs of handling and time, book remains clean and overall attractive as an object.
Paper is gently toned, internally still clean, tight, sound internally, some minor old corner staining or spots.
Volume 4 of a larger set- This volume complete unto itself as a series of engravings.
Topics include (w/ # of engraved plates): Navigation (3), Optics (19 - includes Magic Lanterns, Microscopes, Mirrors, & Light Refraction), Organs (4), Painting (3), Panorama (2), Paper Mills (2), Perspective (13), Planetary Machines (13), Planing Machines (2), Pneumatics Including Balloons & Barometers (18), Porter Brewery (1), Press & Printing Related (5), Shape Projections (10), Pyrotechnics (1), Sculpture (6), Shadows (2), Ships & Rigging (9), Silk Manufacture (1), Steam Engines (10), Stereography (4), Stone Henge (1), Surgery (12), Surveying (11), Telegraph (1), Trigonometry (2), Water Wheels (4), Weaving (2), Windmills (2), Wool Manufacturing (7), Writing by Cypher (3), plus a Scattering of other topics represented by a single plate each.
Still attractive on the shelf. The book displays a pleasing and unique age patina and is in overall nice antiquarian condition, any age flaws which may be present seem easy to overlook or forgive.
Please review photos for more detail showing how this book survives. The asking price reflects the condition based on our examination and 35+ years full time exposure to antiquarian books, maps and printed ephemera of all types and genres. Flaws seen and/ or described have been taken into account.
Book Measures c. 11 3/4" H x 9 1/4" W.