The Elements of Universal Erudition, Containing an Analytical Abridgement of the Sciences, Polite Arts, and Belles Lettres, by Baron Bielfield . . . Translated from the Last Edition Printed at Berling by W. Hooper, M.D.

London: Printed by G. Scott for J. Robson and B. Law, 1770. First edition in English of Bielfeld's Les premiers traits de l'erudition universelle, first published in French in Leyden in 1767. 3 vols, 8vo, contemporary calf, red morocco labels, gilt lettering, [xvi], 445; [2], ii, 443, [2] plus folding plate of music; [2], ii, 444 pages. Somewhat rubbed and worn, with a few of the joints cracked (but cords holding); foxed; a good, sound set. Item #11744

Intended as an encyclopedic treatment of learning, with much on literary criticism, dedicated to the young Prince of Wales. Bielfeld's work (at least in the French language version) appears to have served in some ways as a source book for Poe's literature and criticism. The translator notes (rather peevishly perhaps), "As the design of this work is instruction, not amusement, the Translator has every where followed the most common orthography." Bookplate of Sir Edward Antrobus (of Stonehenge fame?) on the front paste-down of two volumes; evidence of a bookplate neatly removed from the other volume.

Price: $200.00