London: Printed by and for John Nichols and Son, Printers to the Society of Antiquaries, 1825. First edition. Hardcover. 2 vol. 4vo. , vi-xvi, , 2-486, ; , iii-iv, , 488-955,  (pages of publisher's advertisements) pp. Half-bound in smooth navy calf over pebbled blue cloth; two maroon morocco labels on each spine, each spine in six compartments. Volume one illustrated with an engraved title page and a frontispiece, nineteen additional copper-engraved plates, and several wood engravings within the text. Volume two is illustrated with an engraved title page, a copper-engraved frontispiece of burial barrow mounds across the British Isles, and thirteen more copper-engraved plates. Volume one covers the history of ancient Roman, Greek, and Egyptian furniture, alphabets, and architecture (including Dorick columns and houses of antiquity). Volume One also discusses of Anglo-Saxon churches, castles and furniture, and early English hand-writing. The second volume delves into the history of barrows, classical arms and armour, Anglo-Saxon arms and armour, Bronze and Iron Age clothing (in Greece, Rome, and the British Isles), Roman military camp formations, and the history of classical and Celtic coinage. Fosbroke was an honorary member of the Royal Society of Literature, and an honorary member of the Bristol Philosophical Institution (Wikipedia, "Fosbroke, Rev. Thomas Dudley"). His encyclopaedia is a masterful study of the clothing, architecture, coinage, and language of the classical and Celtic worlds. This set is a must for archaeology enthusiasts, especially given its early date (long before Schliemann began his work and before Layard's publications on Nineveh) and its detailed illustrations of ancient and medieval places and artefacts (including the Lion's Gate of Mycenae, the streets of Pompeii, and Gloucester Cathedral). Very Good. Item #00007951
A Very Good set with a few tiny tears to the preliminary leaves, a former owner's stamp to each volume's front pastedown, and a light dampstain to each of volume two's gutters.