6006. Bruzen de la Martiniere's great encyclopedia

BRUZEN DE LA MARTINIERE. (10). Le grand dictionnaire géographique et critique. I-IX. La Haye - Amsteredam - Rotterdam (chez P. Gosse and others) 1726-39.

Folio (397x246 mm.). 5 titles printed in red and black, 2 engraved frontispieces, 2 large engraved vignettes.
Contemporary brown full calf, partly worn, gilt partly somewhat faded spines in seven compartments, some spine labels missing, some minor damages at head or foot or in outer part of the covers, red edges. Minor foxing. Signature of U. Celsing and an annotation that the work was bought in Constantinople on first endpaper in vol. I, otherwise some volumes with the same signature on first endpaper. 10 volumes.

Antoine-Augustin Bruzen de La Martinière or de la Martiniere (1683-1746). French polymath. His main work was the Grand Dictionnaire Geographique Et Critique published in ten volumes between 1726 and 1739. It is one of the most extensive geographical works of the 18th Century.
The Grand Dictionnaire Geographique Et Critique was published in several editions and different languages after La Martinière's death, such as a six-volume revised edition in Paris in 1768. (Wikipedia.)
Provenance: The von Celsing family, Biby