20 November 2003
Encyclopaedia Perthensis: or, Universal Dictionary of Knowledge collected from every source and intended to supersede the use of all other English books of reference, edited by Alexander Aitchison. Perth: R. Morison for C. Mitchel, [1796-1806].
Volumes I-XXIII (and a duplicate of vol. VI), 8° (229 x 150mm). Engraved plates and maps. (Light spotting, some plates browned, vol. XIV with wormtrack in 5 leaves and 2 plates causing some loss.) Contemporary tree sheep, title and volume number in gilt on red and green morocco spine labels, green edges (some wear and repairs; duplicate vol. VI non-uniform). Provenance: William Jackson, Yanwath, 1809 (owner inscription). ONLY EDITION. According to a note by Lord Perth, the present set lacks 2 plates. However, it is rare, ESTC listing only one copy. Sold not subject to return.
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