London: Printed for the Authors, and Sold by Alexr Hogg and S. Leacroft, 1778. First Edition. First printing. Folio (35cm). Two volumes in later half brown leather, blue cloth over boards, all edges marbled; marbled endpapers; not paginated; ad to final page of vol II; with 79 (of 80) full-page line engravings. Bookplate of noted zoologist James G. Mead. Lacking plate 67. Straight and sound, externally rubbed, internally with scattered foxing but largely clean, lacking plate 67, else Very Good.
Vol. I: 2o: [A]2 B-6B2. Vol. II: 2o: [A]2 B-6G2. A technical dictionary defining terms and providing general information on science, technology, craft, mathematics, and in general "every Art and Science, whether Liberal or Mechanical" (t.p.). Illustrated with full-page plates, many reminscent of Diderot and D'Alembert's Encyclopedie. ESTC T53579. VANCIL (Catalog of Dictionaries, Word-Books, and Philological Texts 1440-1900) p.173. ALSTON III.566.