1816 First American Edition of the British Encyclopedia, Nicholson


Nicholson, William. American Edition of the British Encyclopedia, or Dictionary of Arts and Sciences. Comprising an accurate and popular view of the present Improved State of Human Knowledge. Philadelphia: Samuel A. Mitchell and Horace Ames., 1816-1817. First American Edition.

6 full leather bindings, all good or better with no cracked joints or hinges. 5 are uniform tan leather with brown leather spine labels, 1 (vol. v.) is the same imprint but a darker colored leather with red and black leather spine labels. 5 x 8 3/4 inches, extra engraved tp in vol. i. The 5 uniform bindings have the page edges dyed yellow; the one odd volume does not. The 5 each have a contemporary bookplate, “V. Stirewalt: from his Father.” The odd volume has a contemporary bookplate “Zeuxian Society, (Caldwell Instutute.) Presented by John Bullock.” Each volume has a small round historical society stamp on the tp. The pages are not numbered, but these are fairly thick volumes and will take up 13 inches of shelf space. Each has a section of engraved plates at the back. Printed in double columns, scattered foxing, each book tight. Very good. Leather_bound. [ABE2095] $600.00

“Illustrated with upward of 160 elegant engravings.” First edition sets are relatively scarce and auction bids begin in the $1200-$2000 range. William Nicholson (175-1815), British chemist and inventor, an author and editor of scientific books and journals. His British Encyclopedia was first published in London in 1809, and represents the best of contemporary scientific knowledge.

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