London: Printed & Published by Richards & Co, and sold by Simkin & Marshall; Dublin: J.Jones, [1816 - 1820]. First edition. Hardcover. c.8,000 pp in all, printed in double column, with maps and perhaps 1000 plates. Contents of first seven vols in very fresh good order, with mostly slight foxing affecting title pages and some plates; the last three vols are still very good, but have more foxing, with some browning to the text pages, and the last vol also has a top edge stain to some pages and a tide stain to some plates. Dipping into the first volume, much space is devoted to Anatomy (80pp + 24 plates), Astronomy, Architecture, America (60pp and 2 maps), Arabia (40pp, no plates), Agriculture (40pp), and Arithmetic (30pp); and the many hundreds of shorter articles include Africa (a good map, but only 3pp of text), and a little on Angels, recording a consensus view that they were included in the work of the first of the six days of Creation. 1858 ownership name in pencil to front free endpaper of Vol I. Edges sprinkled. Quarto, 27x22cms, in matching early bindings of brown cloth, spines titled in gilt, all in very good order, having been recently refurbished, and in most cases rebacked. A great deal to explore: a delight, and very scarce. Very Good+. Item #18164070
[EXTRA Heavy Item].