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The Philosophy of Natural History.

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The Philosophy of Natural History.

by Smellie, William

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First editions. Volume I Printed for the Heirs of Charles Elliot; and C. Elliot and T. Kay, T. Cadell, and G. G. J. & J. Robinsons. Edinburgh. 1790. Volume II Printed for Bell and Bradfute et al. Edinburgh. 1799. Two volumes. Quarto. xiii, (1), 547pp; xii, 515pp. Later Quarter calf, marbled boards, spines in six compartments, with gilt rules and lettering. Tiny marginal corner loss I, xiii, light marginal stain to I, 544-7, II, 1-10. A handsome set.

William Smellie (1740-1795), Naturalist, Antiquary, Master Printer, Compiler of the first edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica, founder of the Newtonian Society, member of the Scottish Enlightenment. As a master printer he printed works by David Hume, Adam Smith, William Robertson, Adam Fergusson, James Beattie, Joseph Black, James Hutton and his great friend, Robert Burns. ODNB.

ESTC: T306102, T106301. Freeman 3437.


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The Philosophy of Natural History.
Smellie, William
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First editions
Printed for the Heirs of Charles Elliot; and C. Elliot and T. Kay, T. Cadell, and G. G. J. & J. Robinsons. Printed for Bell and
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1790, 1799
Science, Natural History, Philosophy, Scottish Interest
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Science; Natural HIstory; Christmas gift ideas; Fine Bindings; Scottish Enlightenment Soillseachadh na h-Alba;

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About Paul Haynes Rare Books

Paul Haynes has been an antiquarian bookseller since 1978. Based in Hay on Wye, he travels worldwide to buy and sell rare and old books. A member of the ABA, ILAB and PBFA. Paul Haynes Rare Books offers both antiquarian and scarce books in all subjects, with something of a bias towards the owner's passion for Travel and Exploration.


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