ENCYCLOPAEDIA; OR A DICTIONARY OF ARTS, SCIENCES, AND MISCELLANEOUS LITERATURE; Constructed on a Plan by which the Different Sciences and Arts are digested into the Form of Distinct Treatises or Systems . . . Compiles from the writings of the best Authors in several languages . . . The First American Edition, in Eighteen Volumes, Greatly Improved. Illustrated with Five Hundred Forty-Two Copperplates.
Place Published: Philadelphia
Publisher: Thomas Dobson
Date Published: 1798
Edition: First edition thus
Condition: Lacking Volume 1. All volumes worn, 3rd volume boards detached but present, volume 13 front board detached but present, some volumes with substantial chips to spines, vol. 2 with dampstain to title page, vol. 3 lacks 2 plates, vol. 7 lacks 1 plate, vol. 15 lacks 2 plates, vol. 17 lacking several pages at rear (including plate list and presumably some plates), scattered foxing, though text and most plates quite clean.
Book Id: 21631
17 of 18 volumes (lacks vol. 1), quartos, full contemporary tree calf with red and black spine labels, various paginations. Profusely illustrated.
Based on the third edition of the Encyclopedia Brittanica, with many articles revised or re-written. Originally issued in parts from 1790-1797. Each copy here inscribed at top of title page "Joshua F. Doyle, January 11th, 1801, The Gift of My Uncle Benjamin Fuller." In the 1892 "History of The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick and of The Hibernian Society For The Relief of Emigrants From Ireland, March 17, 1771-March 17, 1892" by John Campbell is found a lengthy entry for Irish-born Benjamin Fuller (died 1799). Fuller is described as a founding member of the Society and "one of the most eminent ship-brokers in Philadelphia." Among other relatives, his will named his nephew Joshua Fuller Doyle. Evans 33676-33693.