Enclyclopædia Britannica (page 1/3)

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[picture: Front Cover of the 1770 Encylopædia Britannica]

Some of the copper-plate engravings by Andrew Bell that appeared in the first edition of the “Enclyclopædia Britannica, or, a Dictionary of arts and sciences, compiled upon a new plan, in which The different Sciences and Arts are digested into distinct Treatises or Systems; amd The various Technical Terms, &c. are explained as they occur in the order of the Alphabet.”

I have a facsimile of this edition. The original was issued serially (as was common at the time) in sections called “numbers” from 1768 to 1771. It was created by Andrew Bell, an engraver, and William Smellie who edited many of the articles; it was printed by Colin Macfarquhar.

Title: Enclyclopædia Britannica

Author: Bell, Andrew

City: Edinburgh

Date: 1771

Total items: 15

Out of copyright (called public domain in the USA), hence royalty-free for all purposes usage credit requested, or as marked.

Some sample images

[picture: Plate XLII.---Astronomy: detail: sun and eclipses]

Plate XLII.—Astronomy: detail: sun and eclipses

A diagram with the sun in the middle, complete with a face, and showing the illumination of the earth at varoius times of the year, marked by month and zodiac sign. [...]the sun, and also the full diagram. [more...] [$]

[picture: Front Cover of the 1770 Encylopædia Britannica]

Front Cover of the 1770 Encylopædia Britannica

My copy is actually a fac-simile bound in full leather. Well, let’s say it’s full leather... [$]

[picture: Plate XLIII.---Astronomy.---Fig. 3.]

Plate XLIII.—Astronomy.—Fig. 3.

This diagram shows how (and why) the moon appears to grow and shrink at different times of the month. [more...] [$]

[picture: Plate XV.---Anatomy.]

Plate XV.—Anatomy.

A naked man is shown, without his skin, so that the muscles can be seen, in order to teach anatomy. [more...] [$]

[picture: Plate XLIII.---Astronomy.---Detail--Smiling Sun.]

Plate XLIII.—Astronomy.—Detail – Smiling Sun.

An engraving of the sun with a smiling face in the middle. [more...] [$]


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Some of the copper-plate engravings by Andrew Bell that appeared in the first edition of the “Enclyclopædia Britannica, or, a Dictionary of arts and sciences, compiled upon a new plan, in which The different Sciences and Arts are digested into distinct Treatises or Systems; amd The various Technical Terms, &c. are explained as they occur in the order of the Alphabet.”

I have a facsimile of this edition. The original was issued serially (as was common at the time) in sections called “numbers” from 1768 to 1771. It was created by Andrew Bell, an engraver, and William Smellie who edited many of the articles; it was printed by Colin Macfarquhar.


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