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BAILEY, WILLIAM. The Advancement of Arts, Manufactures, and Commerce; or, Descriptions of the Useful Machines and Modelscontained in the Repository of the Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures, and Commerce. 50 (of 55) engraved plates of contemporary machinery (offsetting onto facing pages). xii, , 239 pages. Folio, 368x272 mm, contemporary 1/4 sheep gilt, joints worn, bottom of spine damaged, cover corners worn through. London: the Author and R. Dodsley, 1776
first edition of a collection of illustrated descriptions of contemporary English agricultural equipment, manufacturing machinery, and miscellaneous inventions. Pages 194-96 contain a list of "Honorary and Pecuniary Premiums" given for advances in chemistry, including some to American recipients. Pages 197-98 list similar awards "for planting Mulberry Trees, Vines, and divers other Articles, in the British Colonies in America."
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