The universal library: or, Compleat summary of science : Containing above sixty select treatises. . . Two volumes

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London: Printed for George Sawbridge at the Three Flower-de-lys in Little-Britain, 1712. 1st Edition. Hardcover. 8vo - over 7 - 9" tall. 8vo (200 x 118 mm). [2], vi, 568; [8], 533, [43] pp. Title pages enclosed within double line border, errata on verso of leaf a2 in vol II, final 6 pages of vol. II are a publisher's advertisement; index to both vols. in vol. II, folding genealogical table in vol. II. Bound in contemporary uniform panelled calf, each spine with 5 raised bands, gilt-lettered morocco label to spine of vol. II (gone in vol. I), hinges of vol. II partially creacked, spine ends and upper hinge of vol. I repaired, corners bumped, lacking first free endpaper in vol. I. Text little browned, occasional minor spotting and marginal dust-soiling, longer tear in folding genealogical table in vol. II (without loss), light dampstain to 7 leaves in vol. II., a few pencil annotations. Provenance: Charles Hope Weir of Craigiehall &Blackwood* (armorial bookplate to front pastedown of each vol.); C. E. Kenney, Esq., F.S.A., F.R.I.C.S. (small bookplate, his property sale at Sotheby's London, 10 May 1965, lot 246); unidentified signature to both titles; Giancarlo Beltrame Library. ---- Alston III. 217. - EXCEPTIONALLY RARE FIRST EDITION. Contains essays on a wide range of subjects including cookery, diet, angling, fowling, science, geography, etc. The Universal Library: or, Compleat Summary of the Sciences, first appearing in print in 1712, is one of the first encyclopedia. The book, authored by Henry Curzon, carried the goal of imparting 'universal knowledge' to ladies and gentlemen and 'Endued with Learning and Gentlemen-like qualities for their advancement or conversation' in young boys. "The two-volume, non-alphabetized compendium of treatises covering an array of subjects from theology, philosophy, and ethics to physic, chirurgery, and chemistry, states that 'within the Structure of this Work, like Homer's Iliads in a Nutshell, have you Enclosed the Learning, Arts, and Artifices of the Microcosm ... like the World Mapp'd down in one Sheet of Paper, you have demonstrated together at one View, all Humane, Sciential, Natural and Artificial Rarities.' Curzon's preface thus walks the expected line between comprehensiveness and conciseness long associated with a variety of reference texts while also invoking the specifically epic provenance supposedly appropriate to works of 'universal' scope." (S. Rudy, Literature and Encyclopedism in Enlightenment Britain: The Pursuit of Complete Knowledge, Spinger, 2014). * The Honorable Charles Hope-Weir (or Hope-Vere) (8 May 1710 - 30 December 1791) was a Scottish politician, Member of Parliament for Linlithgowshire, appointed Governor of Blackness Castle, and Commissary General of the Musters in Scotland, and Ranger of Ettrick Forest. The complete title reads: The universal library: or, Compleat summary of science : Containing above sixty select treatises. In two volumes. I. Of theology, philosophy, metaphysicks, ethicks, oeconomy, religion, games used as ancient festivals, cosmography, elements, geography, hydrography, travel, government, chronology, history, laws, coins, medals, weights and measures, meteors, rarities, mankind in the different sexes of men and women, physick, chyrurgery, chymistry, cookery and dyet. II. Of animals, vegetables and agriculture, gems, metals, grammar and languages, hieroglyphicks, poetry, logick, rhetorick, musick, arithmetick, geometry, architecture, surveying, gauging, dyalling, navigation; the military art, fortification, gunnery, astronomy, astrology, augury, magick, mathematical magick, dreams and apparitions, heraldry, painting, colours and dying, opticks, angling, fowling, inventions, ignorance and the ancients, and errors among the people. With divers secrets, experiments and curiosities therein. vol. II: To which is added a copious index to both volumes. - Visit our website for additional images and information. 1st Edition. Very Good.


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