London: Printed by and for John Nichols and Son, Printers to the Society of Antiquaries, 1825. First edition. Hardcover. 4vo. 2vol. -486 pp.; -955 pp. Collates as complete, with the following collation: Vol. 1 ([a]4, b4, B-M4, N5, O4, q6, 2A-2I4, 2K3, 2Z4, 2L-2Z4, 3A-3P4, 3Q2, 3R), Vol. 2 ([A]2, B4, C3, D-Z4, 2A-2Z4, 3A-3O4. Blue pebbled cloth half-bound in dark navy calf with a maroon morocco label on each spine (in six compartments). Volume One has an engraved title page and a frontispiece, with nineteen additional copper-engraved plates throughout the text. It is also illustrated with several wood engravings within the text, and gives a history of ancient Roman, Greek, and Egyptian furniture, alphabets, and architecture (including Dorick columns and houses of antiquity). Volume One also includes a history of Anglo-Saxon churches, castles and furniture. Fosbroke also discusses early English hand-writing in Volume One. Volume Two has a copper-engraved frontispiece of burial barrow mounds across the British Isles, and thirteen more copper-engraved plates illustrating the text. This volume delves into the history of barrows, classical arms and armour, Anglo-Saxon arms and armour, ancient and Iron Age clothing (in Greece, Rome, and the British Isles), Roman military camp formations, and a large section devoted to classical and Celtic coinage. WorldCat denotes the 1825 edition as the earliest printing of Fosbroke's Encyclopaedia. Fosbroke was an honorary member of the Royal Society of Literature, and an honorary member of the Bristol Philosophical Institution. 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 the 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 age toning to some of the leaves of volume two, a few leaves show some tiny tears, minor scattered foxing throughout, a former owner's stamp to each volume's front pastedown, and a light dampstain to each of volume two's gutters.