The American Cyclopaedia: A Popular Dictionary of General Knowledge [with] Appletons' Annual Cyclopaedia and Register of Important Events of the Year 1876; 1877; 1878; 1879; 1880; 1881; 1882; 1883; 1884; 1885
New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1873; 1874; 1875; 1883; 1886. Later edition. Hardcover. 16 vol.; 10 vol. Large 8vo. For pagination information, please inquire. Uniformly bound in half sheep over marbled boards, spines in six compartments with gilt lettering and decorations in blind; all edges marbled. Marbled endpapers and pastedowns. All volumes with in-text illustrations, most volumes have at least one plate (many have several). The set of 26 volumes contains a plethora of colored maps: locations like India, Italy, Ireland, ancient Greece, Spain, China, and the coal mines of the United States are represented, one volume also has a folding chart in color. The ten-volume set states on its title page in volume one: embracing political, civil, military, and social affairs; public documents; biography, statistics, commerce, finance, literature, science, agriculture, and mechanical industry. Carl Burnham, "The New American Cyclopedia, 1857 – 1866: A Time Capsule of the 19th century". The sets here appear to have been meant to comprise one large set. Volumes one through ten of the second set are labeled "Whole Series: Volume XVI ... [all the way to] Volume XXV". The first American encyclopedia was published in 1857, but Appleton took on the task of reproducing a revised edition beginning in 1873, after the final volume of the 1857 set was published in 1863. The cyclopaedia had a whole team of editors, and published articles from various contributors, including Karl Marx. One of the editors credited on the set's title pages, Charles Dana, served in Lincoln's administration during the U.S. Civil War. A nicely bound set of a classic American reference work. Ex-Library. Item #000012806
Rubbing to the extremities, volume 13 with a small dampstain to a few leaves' margins, otherwise the set is ex-library from a Catholic hospital (St. Agnes). Each title page has a blindstamp, most of the pastedowns have a small stamp and paper label, some of the volumes have a leaf with three ink numbers from St. Agnes, a few volumes have a random blindstamp throughout their textblocks.