The Cyclopaedia; or Universal Dictionary of Arts, Sciences and Literature.Plates vol IV, NAV - WRI. Contains the 4 Sculpture plates engraved by Blake (these are preceded by two other sculpture plates engraved by Cromek): also inserted is a copy of the Miscellany Plate from Plate Vol 3 .
London: Longman, Rees, Orme, & Brown, 1820. 4to, original half calf, green marbled boards, slightly worn to edges. A number of the plates are spotted, but all the Blake plates are very good and clean. The volume is generally very good condition. First edition, issued in fascicles between 1802 and 1820. Abraham Rees worked on improvements to the Chambers Cyclopaedia in the 1780s, before publishing his own more comprehensive work in parts beginning in 1802, completed with the publication of the six plate volumes in 1820. The American edition came out shortly afterwards with all the plates re-engraved (thus without the Blake plates). Essick, William Blakes Commercial Book Engravings, LII. Keynes 132. Bentley, BB, 489.
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