| The complete title of this book is: CYCLOPAEDIA: OR AN UNIVERSAL DICTIONARY OF ARTS AND SCIENCES; containing an explication of the terms, and an account of the things signified thereby, in the several arts, both liberal and mechanical; and the several sciences, human and divine: The figures, kinds, properties, productions, preparations, and uses of things natural and artificial: The rise, progress, and state of things ecclesiastical, civil, military, and commercial: With the several systems, sects, opinions &c. among philosophers, divines, mathematicians, physicians, antiquaries, critics, &c. The whole intended as a Course of ancient and modern Learning, extracted from the best authors, dictionaries, journals, memoirs, transactions, ephemerides, &c. in several languages. By E. Chambers, F.R.S..
This two-volume set is from the Fifth Edition. The book was first published in 1728. Volume I of the Fifth Edition was published in 1741; Volume II was published in 1743.
The author, Ephraim Chambers, (1680-1740) is considered by many to have been the 'father' of the modern encylopedia.
Although the Cyclopadia was published containing numerous full page illustrations, they were mostly all removed from this set, no doubt to be sold individually by some previous owner. Likewise, the original main title page and the first few pages of the first volume are missing from this set. They have been replaced by "electrostatic" copies.