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1 A new and general biographical dictionary; containing an historical and critical account of the lives and writings of the most eminent persons in every nation; particularly the British and Irish; from the earliest accounts of time to the present period.
London: printed for T. Osborne, J. Whiston and B. White, W. Strahan, T. Payne, W. Owen, W. Johnston, S. Crowder, B. Law, T. Field, T. Durham, J. Robson, R. Goadby, and E. Baker, 1761-1767. 
Octavo. Twelve volumes. I: viii, 515pp.; II: [i], 454pp.; III: [i], 588pp.; IV: [i], 452pp.; V: [i], 516pp.; VI: [i], 582pp.; VII: [i], 543pp.; VIII: 650pp.; IX: [i], 418pp.; X: [i], 534pp.; XI: 524, [xiv]pp.; XII: [i], 519, [iv]pp. I: []4, B8-Z8, Aa8-Kk8, Ll2; II: []2, B8-Z8, Aa8-Ff8, Gg4 (Gg4 blank); III: []2, B8-Z8, Aa8-Oo8, Pp4, Qq2; IV: []2, B8-Z8, Aa8-Ff8, gg2; V: []2, B8-Z8, Aa8-Kk8, Ll2; VI: []2, B8-Z8, Aa8-Oo8, Pp4 (Pp4 blank); VII: []2, B8-Z8, Aa8-Mm8; VIII: A8-Z8, Aa8-Rr8, Ss6 (Ss6 blank); IX: []2, B8-Z8, Aa8-Dd8, Ee2 (Ee2 blank); X: []2, B8-Z8, Aa8-Ll8, Mm4 (Mm4 blank); XI: A8-Z8, Aa8-Mm8, Ll2 (last seven leaves without signatures); XII: []2, B8-Z8, Aa8-Kk8, Ll6. The twelfth volume, the 'Supplement,' was published in 1767. Contemporary calf, worn. A few covers loose. 
Price: 700.00 USD
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Nouveau dictionnaire de l’Académie françoise Dedié av roy ...
2 Nouveau dictionnaire de l’Académie françoise Dedié av roy ...
A Paris: Chez Jean-Baptiste Coignard, 1718. 
Folio. Two volumes. I: [xvi], 922pp.; II: [iv], -820pp. I: []2, ([]2 blank), ?3, ?4, A4-Z4, Aa4-Zz4, Aaa4-Zzz4, Aaaa4-Zzzz4, AAaaa4-ZZzzz4, AAAaaa2. II: []2, A4-Z4, Aa4-Zz4, Aaa4-Zzz4, AAaa4-ZZzz4, AAaaa4-KKkkk4, LLlll2. Second edition, revised mainly by F.S. Regnier Desmarais. Dedicatory epistle by G. Massieu. With the half-titles present. Title vignette, head-pieces and initials. Volume I has added engraved title-page: Le Dictionnaire de l'Académie françoise. Contemporary calf, repaired. All edges marbled red. From the libraries of Lord Northwick and Lord Berwick. Very good copy. Since this item is comprised of two hefty tomes, standard postage quotes for this item do not apply. 
Price: 3000.00 USD
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3 The sportsman's dictionary: or, The country gentleman's companion, in all rural recreations : with full and particular instructions for hawking, ... Extracted from the most celebrated English and French authors, ancient and modern: with large Improvements
London: Printed For C. Hitch, At The Red Lion, And C. Davis, Both In Pater-Noster-Row; And S. Austen, At The Angel And Bible In St. Paul's Church-Yard, 1735. 
Octavo. Two volumes. I: []4, B8-Z8, Aa8-Bb8; II: []2, Cc8-Zz8, Aaa8. First edition. No pagination. Contemporary calf, worn. With music and 25 plates, some folding. 
Price: 800.00 USD
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A new dictionary of the terms ancient and modern of the canting crew, in its several tribes, of gypsies, beggers, thieves, cheats, &c. With an addition of some proverbs, phrases, figurative speeches, &c. Useful for all sorts of people, ..., B. E., Gentleman.
4 B. E., Gentleman. A new dictionary of the terms ancient and modern of the canting crew, in its several tribes, of gypsies, beggers, thieves, cheats, &c. With an addition of some proverbs, phrases, figurative speeches, &c. Useful for all sorts of people, ...
London: Printed for W. Hawes at the Rose in Ludgate-street, P. Gilbourne at the corner of Chancery-lane in Fleet-street, and W. Davis at the Black Bull in Cornhill, 1699. First Edition 
Octavo. [184] pages. First edition. Title within double line border. Text in double columns. A4, B8-M8. In a modern Cambridge panel-style binding. Wing E5. Washed. Lower margin extended in a number of leaves, rarely affecting text. The book must have been in a fire, charring the lower part of the pages, but luckily not affecting the text. A stain, starting around I6, and getting worse toward the end, in the lower right-hand margin of the book. For all the faults described, still a very good copy. 
Price: 8400.00 USD
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5 Castell, Edmund. Lexicon heptaglotton, Hebraicum, Chaldaicum, Syriacum, Samaritanum, Æthiopicum, Arabicum, conjunctim; et Persicum, separatim. In quo, omnes voces Hebrææ, Chaldææ, Syræ, Samaritanæ, Æthiopicæ, Arabicæ, & Persicæ, tam in MSSis. quàm impressis Libris, ...
Londini: imprimebat Thomas Roycroft, LL. orientalium typographus Regius, 1669. 
Large folio. Two volumes. I: [x]pp., 44 columns, 1656 columns; II: [ii]pp., 1657-4008, 339, 342-422, 421-573 columns, [i]p. a2-b2, [chi]1(=*F2?), *A2-*E2, *F1, A2-Z2, 2A4-4L4, 4M2; 4N2-5E2, 5F4-9C4, 2A2-3B2. Title-page in red-and-black. Contemporary calf, rebacked. With the frontispiece portrait signed: Will. Faithorne, pinxit et sculpsit. ESTC R16460; Wing C1224 & C1225. Some old marginal waterstaining. The 573 columns shown as being part of volume two, bound with volume one. A very good copy. 
Price: 2000.00 USD
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6 Chambers, Ephraim. Cyclopaedia: or, an universal dictionary of arts and sciences; containing an explication of the terms, and an account of the things signified thereby, in the several arts, ... The whole intended as a course of antient and modern Learning.
London: printed for D. Midwinter, A. Bettesworth and C. Hitch, J. Senex, R. Gosling [and 12 others in London], 1738. 
Large folio. Two volumes. xxv, unpaginated. Second edition. Title-pages in red-and-black. The tail piece in vol.2, sig. 10F reads: Carolus Jephson imprim. Register is continuous through the two volumes. Part of volume II printed by William Bowyer; his records show 2000 copies printed. Another (unspecified) part was printed by Charles Ackers, whose records also show 2000 copies printed. Cambridge-style panelled calf, worn. With twenty-two plates, thirteen in volume I and nine in volume II. With the bookplate of Thomas Hall, Esq. ESTC T136232; Alston, III.536; Maslen & Lancaster. Bowyer ledgers, 2610; McKenzie & Ross. A ledger of Charles Ackers, 52. Thomas Hall's bookplate is referenced in "Franks Bequest II, 13339." 
Price: 1800.00 USD
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7 Chambers, Ephraim. Cyclopaedia: or, an universal dictionary of arts and sciences; containing an explication of the terms, and an account of the things signified thereby, in the several arts, both liberal and mechanical; and the several sciences, human and divine: ...
London: printed for W. Innys, J. and P. Knapton, S. Birt, D. Browne, T. Longman, R. Hett, C. Hitch and L. Hawes, J. Hodges, J. Shuckburgh, A. Millar, J. and J. Rivington, J. Ward, M. Senex, and the executors of J. Darby, 1751-1752. 
Large folio. Two volumes. Unpaginated. Seventh edition, corrected and amended. Title-pages in red-and-black. Register is continuous through both volumes. Issued in weekly parts of 3 sheets each; the direction line of each sheet indicates the volume and part number. Part of volume I (sig. 4A-4Zz and *4Zz) printed by William Bowyer; his records show 1280 copies printed. Contemporary calf, very worn. With plates. Two plates seem to be missing; and five (inclusive of frontispiece) are quite worn and torn. ESTC T136238; Alston III, 543; Maslen and Lancaster, Bowyer ledgers 3776. 
Price: 400.00 USD
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8 Chambers, Ephraim. Cyclopaedia: or, an universal dictionary of arts and sciences; containing the Definitions of the Terms, and an account of the Things signified thereby, in the several Arts, both Liberal and Mechanical, and the several Sciences, Human and Divine: ...
London: printed for James and John Knapton, John Darby, Daniel Midwinter, Arthur Bettesworth, John Senex, Robert Gosling, John Pemberton, William and John Innys, John Oshorn and Tho. Longman, Charles Rivington, et. al., 1728. 
Large folio. Two volumes. Unpaginated. First edition. Title-pages in red-and-black. Contemporary calf over marbled boards, quite worn. With frontispiece and all engraved plates. One or two plates slightly repaired. ESTC T114002; Alston, III.535; Kress, S.3238; Hanson, 3666. 
Price: 14500.00 USD
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9 Chambers, Ephraim. Cyclopaedia: or, an universal dictionary of arts and sciences; containing the Definitions of the Terms, and an account of the Things signified thereby, in the several Arts, both Liberal and Mechanical, and the several Sciences, Human and Divine: ...
Dublin: printed for Richard Gunne; Robert Owen; Geo. Risk, Jos. Leathley, Geo. Ewing [and 5 others in Dublin], 1740. 
Large folio. Two volumes. Unpaginated. First and only Dublin edition. Title-pages in red-and-black. With a list of subscribers and a type specimen bound in volume II. Contemporary calf. Type specimen bound in volume 2 bears the imprint: "Dublin: printed by R. Reilly," and appears to be a variant of Berry and Johnson's variant E. ESTC T135914; Alston III, 538; Berry and Johnson. Catalogue of specimens of printing types, p.14. 
Price: 3800.00 USD
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10 Chambers, Ephraim. Cyclopædia: or, an universal dictionary of arts and sciences; ...
London: printed for D. Midwinter, W. Innys, C. Rivington, A. Ward, J. and P. Knapton, E. Symon, S. Birt, D. Browne, T. Longman, R. Hett, C. Hitch, J. Shuckburgh, A. Millar, J. Pemberton, F. Gosling, M. Senex, and I. Clarke, 1741-1743. 
Large folio. Two volumes. Unpaginated. Fifth edition. Title-pages in red-and-black. Part of volume II (18 sheets, 8E-8Y) printed by William Bowyer; his records show 3584 copies printed; 24 sheets (probably in volume II) printed by Charles Ackers (his records show 3500 copies printed); 24 sheets (11Z-11Tt, 12A-12D) printed by William Strahan. Contemporary reversed calf, very worn. All plates present. ESTC T135707; Alston III, 541; Maslen and Lancaster. Bowyer ledgers, 3122 & 3341; McKenzie and Ross. A ledger of Charles Ackers, 55 & 56. 
Price: 1500.00 USD
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11 Chauvin, Etienne. Lexicon Philosophicum. Secundis Curis ... ita tum Recognitum & Castigatum; tim variae variis in locis illustratum; tum passim quammultis accessionibus auctum & locupletatum, ut denuo quasi Novum Opus in lucem prodeat.
Leovardiæ: Excudit Franciscus Halma, 1713. 
Folio. xiv, 720pp. pi2, [*]2, **2, A4-Z4, AA4-ZZ4, AAA4-ZZZ4, AAAA4-XXXX4. With an added engraved title-page. Engraved title vignette on title-page. With the half-title present. Title-page in red-and-black. Second enlarged edition. Contemporary calf, rebacked. With a frontispiece portrait of Chauvin and 30 fold-out plates depicting all types of physical and chemical experiments, etc. Poggendorff I, 427. 
Price: 1150.00 USD
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Institutiones Linguæ Græcæ, olim quidem scriptæ à N. Clenardo., Clenardus, Nicolas.
12 Clenardus, Nicolas. Institutiones Linguæ Græcæ, olim quidem scriptæ à N. Clenardo.
Amsterdam: Apud Ludovicum & Danielem Elzevirios, 1660. 
Octavo. [iv]ff., 413 pages. Title-page in red and black. Printer's device on title-page. Contemporary mottled calf, spine richly gilt. Double gilt fillet borders. From the library of Harold B. Copinger, with his bookplate. Copinger was the author of "The Elzevier press; a handlist of the productions of the Elzevier presses at Leyden, Amsterdam, the Hague and Utrecht: with references to Willems, Berghman, Rahir and other bibliographers." Willems 1255; Rahir 1287; Berghman 699. An excellent association copy. 
Price: 950.00 USD
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13 De Coetlogon, Dennis. An universal history of arts and sciences: or, A comprehensive illustration, definition, and description of all sciences, divine and human; and of all arts, liberal and mechanical.
London: Printed and sold by John Hart, in Popping's-Court, Fleet-Street., 1745. 
Large folio. Two volumes. I: [iv], 1203, [i]pp.; II: [ii], 1244, [xlvi]pp. Contemporary calf, rebacked. With thirty-four plates, some folding. Alston, III.237; ESTC T138709. 
Price: 3000.00 USD
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Le dictionnaire des Halles, ou Extrait de l'Academie françoise., Furetiere, Antoine, attributed to.
14 Furetiere, Antoine, attributed to. Le dictionnaire des Halles, ou Extrait de l'Academie françoise.
A Bruxelles: Chez Franc¸ois Foppens, 1696. 
Octavo. [x], 228 pages. Globe title vignette. Fictitious imprint; printed in Paris. Nineteenth-century red morocco, rebacked earlier. From the library of René-Charles Guilbert de Pixérécourt, French dramatist, with his bookplate. A very fine copy internally. 
Price: 2400.00 USD
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15 Gilles, Pierre. Lexicon Graecolatinum: supra omneis omnium hactenus accessiones multis milib[us] Vocabulorum, annis iam aliquot ex assidua scriptorum omnium lectione congestis, auctum ...
Basileae: ex Officina Valentini Curionis, 1532. 
Folio. [934]pp. Double columns of Greek and Roman types. Curio’s woodcut printer’s device on title-page. Calf, repaired. The woodcut printer’s device to the verso of last leaf in excellent facsimile (recto blank). 
Price: 3400.00 USD
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Lexicon Technicum: Or, An Universal Dictionary of Arts and Sciences: Explaining not only the Terms of Art, but the Arts Themselves., Harris, John.
16 Harris, John. Lexicon Technicum: Or, An Universal Dictionary of Arts and Sciences: Explaining not only the Terms of Art, but the Arts Themselves.
London: For D. Brown, T. Goodwin, J. Walthoe, T. Newborough, J. Nicholson, T. Benskin, B. Tooke, D.Midwinter, T. Leigh & F. Coggan, 1704-1710. 
Folio. Two volumes. Unpaginated. I: [926]pp.; II: [626], 44, [10], 120, [62]pp. I: []1, a4-b24, c1, B4-Z4, Aa4-Hh4, aaa4-Zzz4, 5A4-5Z4, 6A4-6Z4, 7A4-7N4, 7O4; II: [a] 2, b4, *2- ***2, B4, C1, a2-t2, C2, D4-P4, Q2, Aaa4-Ooo4, Ppp2, Qqq4-Sss4, Ttt2, *Vvv2, Uuu4-Xxx4, Yyy2, 5A4-5Z4, 7A4-7G4, 7H2, A2-N4, O1, A2-Z2, Aa2-Bb2, C2-D2, Ee2-Gg2, C1, D2, a2-m2, n1. First edition. Printed in double columns. Contemporary Cambridge panel-style bindings, rebacked and repaired. With an engraved portrait by G.White after R. White in first state (Aetat Suae 37) and 7 plates (some folding) in volume I, and 7 engraved plates (some folding) in volume II. Sion College Library copy. Volume I with the inscription of Richard Roderick, one of the original subscribers, on the front pastedown. It reads: "Bibliotheca Sionensi D. D. Rich. Roderick. S. TP. Sti Mich: Bassishaw Lond. Rector 1706" With the Stamp of Sion College on the verso of the title-pages of both volumes. Richard Roderick was also President of Sion College. Volume II has bookplate of Edward Waple, Vicar of St. Sepulchre Church, London, dated 1712, also associated with Sion College. Overall, a very good copy with excellent provenance. 
Price: 9000.00 USD
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Poeseos Asiaticae Commentariorum Libri Sex,..., Jones, William.
17 Jones, William. Poeseos Asiaticae Commentariorum Libri Sex,...
London: T. Cadell, 1774. 
Octavo. [ii]ff., xxxi, 542pp., [i]ff. a8-b8, A8-Z8, Aa8-Ll8. First edition. Modern brown half calf over brown cloth. With 3 plates engraved with specimens of old Chinese poetry, Arabic poetry, and Persian lyrics. Numerous other specimens of Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, and Greek poetry within text. Lowndes II, 1039. Deaccessioned from the Detroit Public Library, but with no markings. 
Price: 525.00 USD
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18 Lacombe de Prézel, Honoré. Dictionnaire des portraits historiques, anecdotes et traits remarquables des hommes illustres.
A Paris: Chez Lacombe, Libraire, Quai de Conty, 1768-1769. 
Octavo. Three volumes. I: iv, 572pp.; II: ii, 616pp.; III: iv, 618, ivpp. Volume three only. Nineteenth-century calf over marbled boards. Quérard IV, La France littéraire, p. 367. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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19 Lauremberg, P. Newe und Vermehrte Acerra Philologica,...
Cleve: Gedruckt bey Tobias Silberling, 1666. 
Small octavo. 934pp., [xvi]ff. In a contemporary vellum binding. Lacks two leaves of index. Textually complete. Early and intersting book from the provincial presses. 
Price: 775.00 USD
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20 Lutz, Marc. Dictionnaire geographique-statistique de la Suisse. Trad. de l'allemand et revu par J.L.B. Leresche.
Lausanne: Samuel Delisle, 1836 
Octavo. Two volumes. First edition. Quarter morocco, hinges weak and rubbed. Internally fine. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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