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The cabinet cyclopaedia. Biography. Eminent British Lawyers.

London: Longman, Rees, Orme…, 1 volume small 8vo;
[1 f. title], second title page engraved by Finden after Corbould, [1 f. biographical table], 428 p.
Contemporary calf binding, gilt spine with four raised bands, black title and volume labels. Gilt fillets on boards. Foxing on the second title, a small surface hole on the front board, but a very nice copy.
This volume is a part of the Dionysius Lardner encyclopedia published between 1829 and 1846. 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… 4000 copies were printed for the first volumes, but it decreased after 1835 to 2500 copies, as there were not enough sales, and the project ceased in 1846.