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Encyclopaedia Americana: A Popular Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature, History, Politics, and Biography. Volume VII, edited by Francis Lieber.
Published 1831, Philadelphia by Carey and Lea.
599 pages. Text in English. Single odd volume #7 of a larger encyclopaedic set.
Fascinating accumulation of definitions, beginning with "INDUCTION (Logic)" and covers hundreds of subjects up until the entry on "LEE, Francis Lightfoot", signed of the Declaration of Independence. Photos show the index at rear and a sampling of how vast the range of subjects is. Hundreds of hours of browsing fun, a fascinating snapshot into how these topics were conceived of and explained at this date in America.
Period 1/2 leather binding, slightly raised bands, gilt compartment decorations, gilt title lettering, marbled covers, edges, and end papers. Joints cracked, covers held by binding cords, but binding still remains clean, tight, and sound, textblock clean, fresh and square.
Book remains well preserved and attractive on the shelf. It displays a pleasing and unique age patina and is in nice antiquarian condition, the age flaws easy to overlook or forgive.
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Book Measures c. 9" H x 5 3/4" W.