Encyclopædia Britannica: Or, A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and Miscellaneous Literature, Volume 2, Part 1 (Google eBook)

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Colin Macfarquhar, George Gleig
A. Bell and C. Macfarquhar, 1801 - Encyclopedias and dictionaries
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