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The cabinet cyclopaedia. History. Russia.

London: Longman, Rees, Orme…, First edition, 3 volumes small 8vo.
Vol.1: [1 f. title], ix-xiii, 366 p. ; Vol. II: [2 f. with title page], vii-x, 316 p. ; Vol.3: [1 f. title], ix-xlviii, 344 p. Each volume has a second engraved title page, engraved by Finden after Corbould.
Contemporary full calf binding, finely gilt spine with four raised bands, black title and volume labels. Gilt fillets on boards. Light foxing on second title, but a very nice set.
This complete set is a part of the Dionysius Lardner Encyclopedia, totalling 133 volumes published between 1829 and 1846 and totalling some 133 volumes. According to the specialist of Victorian period Morse Peckham, this project was a "revolution in literacy, partly the result of the spread of liberal ideas by the French Revolution…, [It] was to have an effect on modern society almost as profound as the industrial and agricultural revolutions". Five topics (or cabinets) were developed: Arts and Manufactures, Biography, History, Natural History, and Natural Philosophy. Famous writers took part in the project: Mary Shelley, Thomas Moore, Walter Scott… The first volumes were printed in 4000 copies, decreasing to 2500 copies after 1835 as there were not enough sales, and the project ceased in 1846.