A NEW AND COMPLETE DISCTIONARY OF ARTS AND SCIENCES - 3 VOLS., by George Gregory - 1816 [1st American edition]


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A New and Complete Dictionary of Arts and Sciences,

Including the latest Improvement and Discovery

And the Present State of every branch of Human Knowledge

by G. Gregory D.D. 

First American edition, three volumes.  Philadelphia:  Isaac Peirce, 1816 

Hardback set is overall in VERY GOOD- condition.

  • Smooth calf covers over heavy boards. 
  • Boards show some age, wear, scratches, smudges, scuffing.  Corners are bumped and scuffed, with exposed board.  See photos.
  • Spines have raised bands, red and black labels with gilt text; ends are scuffed and chipped.  See photos.  
  • Bindings are secure, apart from front covers, which are all detatched.  Volume II back cover is detatched, Volume III back cover is partially separated.  
  • Pastedowns and feps have some moderate foxing, toning. 
  • Illustrations, plates within the text, are clear, with toning, scattered foxing, shadows.  See photos. 
  • Interior exhibits toning, moderate foxing, some shadows.  
  • Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks.
  • Text block edges have some staining, edgewear, foxing. 
  • PS2024.0506

8.5 x 10.5 inches

A complete set of this scarce First American Edition of George Gregory's Dictionary of Arts and Sciences, in Very Good- condition on account of the detatched front covers.  With numerous engraved plates illustrating the entries.

After a brief career in business, George Gregory(1754-1808) studied at the University of Edinburgh, with a particular interest in mathematics and the physical sciences.  In 1776 he entered into holy orders.  He wrote for periodicals and magazines while serving as a curate in Liverpool.  Following his move to London in 1782, he continued to advance his ecclesiastical career while publishing essays, poetry, and sermons.  Voracious study allowed Gregory to develop detailed knowledge of a wide range of topics, including the arts and sciences, commerce, manufactures, and political institutions.  Gregory's Dictionary was reissued in several subsequent editions following his death in 1808, including this expanded and revised three-volume version. 

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