The Lady’s Encyclopedia: or, A Concise Analysis of the Belles Lettres, the Fine Arts, and the Sciences, in Three Volumes. By the Rev. J. Seally, LL.D.
Seally, J[ohn]/

London: Printed for J. Murray and W. Creech, 1788. First edition, a set that contains a compendium of knowledge; the first volume primarily focuses on the classical Greek, Latin, and Italian poets and orators; the second volume contains information about English grammar, verse, poetry, and mythology; the Thirty-four engravings, including portraits of classical poets, orators, and mythological characters, and seventeen folding maps Front hinges cracked, but holding. Light foxing, intermittent slight browning. Minor offsetting from plates. 3” closed tear to folding map of Turkey, affecting both text and engravings, but not affecting legibility. Very small hole to folding map of North America, scarcely affecting image and hardly noticeable. Hand-colored bookplate, small bookseller’s ticket, and small library shelf sticker on front pastedown of each volume. A very good set. Contemporary sheep, gilt ruled spine in six compartments with red morocco label lettered in gilt. Three volumes, octavo [14], 371; xi, [1, blank (Item ID: 16549)


John Seally (1741/2-1795) was a Scottish-born writer. After several failed attempts to marry wealthy women, he was eventually elected to the Royal Society on 30 June 1791. He published several novels, poems, and encyclopedias. Seally also produced educational books and handbooks, including The Accountant’s Companion, or Schoolmaster’s New Assistant to Practical Arithmetic (1770) (Oxford DNB).

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