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The Penny Cyclopaedia

Of The Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge

By Various

1833-1846 - London - Charles Knight

11.5" by 7.5"


 
 
 

 

DETAILS

Twenty nine volumes of the Penny Cyclopaedia.

Comprising of all twenty-seven volumes of the encyclopaedia (A-Z) and two supplement volumes.

Errata slip to the rear of volume I.

Volume I - A-Andes (1833)
Volume II - Andocides - Athanagilde (1834)
Volume III - Athanaric - Bassano (1835)
Volume IV - Bassantin - Bloemaart (1835)
Volume V - Blois-Buffalo (1836)
Volume VI - Buffon-Charles's Wain (1836)
Volume VII - Charleston-Copyhold (1837)
Volume VIII - Copywright-Dionysius (1837)
Volume IX - Dionysius - Erne (1837)
Volume X - Ernesti-Frustum (1838)
Volume XI - Fuego, Tierra del - Haddingtonshire (1838)
Volume XII - Hadley, John - Intestina (1838)
Volume XIII - Intestines - Limoges (1839)
Volume XIV - Liomonia-Massachusetts (1839)
Volume XV - Massafetae - Muridae (1839)
Volume XVI - Murillo - Organ (1840)
Volume XVII - Organ-Pertinax (1840)
Volume XVIII - Peru- Primates (1840)
Volume XIX - Primaticcio - Richardson (1841)
Volume XX - Richardson-Scander-Beg (1841)
Volume XXI - Scanderoon - Signet (1841)
Volume XXII - Sigonio - Steam-Vessell (1841)
Volume XXIII - Stearic Acid - Tagus (1842)
Volume XXIV - Tai-Wan - Titlarks (1842)
Volume XXV - Titles of Honour - Ungula (1843)
Volume XXVI - Ungulata - Wales (1843)
Volume XXVII - Wales - Zygophyllaceae (1843)
Volume XXVIII - The Supplement to the Penny Cyclopaedia Volume I Abati-Gyrosteus (1845)
Volume XXIX - The Supplement to the Penny Cyclopaedia Volume II Habenaria-Zingiber (1846)

With an interesting passage to volume XXVII about the completion of this encyclopedia. They note that the limits proposed for this work originally 'have been exceeded by about one fourth'. The work has the contributions of more than two hundred contributors. To this volume there is also a list of contributors.

The editor of this work is stated to volume XXVII as George Long.

George Long was an English classical scholar.

Collated, complete in 27 volumes with an additional two supplementary volumes.

The Penny Cyclopaedia contains a wealth of knowledge, and the novelist Herman Melville is known to have used the work whilst writing his famed Moby-Dick and several of his other novels.  

CONDITION

In half calf bindings with cloth covered boards. Externally, rubbed, particularly to the spines and joints. Some volumes have harsher rubbing than others. Bumping to the extremities of all volumes due to the rubbing.  A very small loss to the head and tail of spines to most volumes, worse to volumes VI, VIII, XVI and XX. Marks to the boards of all volumes including a few light ink spots. Both hinges to volume II are slightly strained but firm. Small crack to front joint to volume II.  Loss to the top of page 3-4 to volume I. Front hinge to volume VI is slightly strained but firm. Front hinge to volume IX is tender, with small cracks to the front joint. Front hinge to volume X is slightly strained but firm. Front hinges to volumes XII, XIII, XIV, XVII, XIX, XXVI and XXIX are tender. Rear hinge to volume XIX is tender.  Prior owner's inscription to the front pastedown of volumes XI and XX, Ruth Smith. Same person's inscription to the recto of front endpaper to volume XIV. Small worm holes the size of a pin prick to the backstrips of several volumes. Several small worm holes to the spine and joints of volumes XXVII-XXIX, not affecting the internals. Slight offsetting to title page of volume XXV.  Prior owner's light pencil plan drawing to the rear endpaper of volume XVII. Internally, all volumes are generally firmly bound.  Page 107-110 gathering to volume II is loosening. Pages are generally bright, with a few ink spills to the endpapers. Spotting to the first and last few pages with the odd spots throughout. Small ink spill to the text of page 475 of volume XXII, partially obstructing four words of the text, but is still readable. Small ink spill to page 464 of volume XVII only affecting one letter. Overall: GOOD.


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