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Quarto (28.5 cm), pp. Volume 1: , [iii], iv-vi, 704, , with 26 plates; Volume 2: [vi], 734, , with 13 plates; Volume 3: [vi], 566, iv, , with 14 plates. Full leather with red and black spine labels with gilt text and decorations, four raised bands. Blue endpapers. Hand-laid paper. Supplement to the first American edition (unauthorized) of the Encyclopedia Britannia (aka: "Dobson's Encyclopædia," the first printed in the United States). Exquisitely rendered copperplate engravings by Joseph Bowes, Alexander Lawson, Henry W. Weston, Robert Scot, Benjamin Jones and John Draper, plus one copperplate etching (Appendix #2) by Lawson."The combination of size, paper, type, and copperplate engraving [all "executed by American artists"] sets the Encyclopaedia apart from other early American publications and makes it, as Lawrence Wroth has written, the most significant achievement 'of professional craftsmen working together for an enlightened publisher' that had yet been seen in the United States." (Arner, Dobson's Encyclopedia, p. 108).Two leaves in Volume 1 have a 2 1/2" closed tear and plate 39 has a 3" closed tear through the border but just barely reaching the artwork. Several pages show heavy foxing/staining. Both boards and front free endpapers of Volume 3 are detached. This copy was owned by Joseph C. Taylor, with his name stamp in each volume. Taylor (1804-51) was a prominent Troy, New York businessman, civic leader, fire chief and deacon in the North Baptist Church, for whom a monument was erected by the fire department (Troy Daily Times. September 9, 1851, quoted at findagrave.com). Laid-in Volume 1 is a news clipping from the Troy Budget, August 8, 1837, regarding Taylor's new four-story building to house his copper, tin and sheet iron business: "As a specimen of Store architecture it is not surpassed by any building we ever witnessed." Also laid-in are two silk ribbons, "Rathbone Battalion" and "B.Y.M." (possibly for Baptist Youth Ministry). First Edition.
Title: Supplement to the Encyclopedia or Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and Miscellaneous Literature in Three Volumes
Edition: First Edition
Publisher: Philadelphia, Thomas Dobson: 1803
Book Condition: Very good
Item: 1.00 Item
Seller ID: 26273