The Penny Cyclopaedia for the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge.
London: Charles Knight, 1833. 27 volume set bound in 14, 11 1/2 inches tall. First edition. A very handsome set in an early Victorian half calf with gilt raised bands, smart twin labels, gilt and blind pallets and blind centre tools. Foxing, mostly confined to the first few leaves. A little blue has run from the marbling to the very edges of some leaves. Embellished throughout with engraved vignettes and some full page illustrations. Highly influential in its day, Herman Melville famously used the Penny Cyclopædia when writing Moby-Dick. Very few sets have survived in this state.