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John Wilkes, of Milland House1810/1829

Library of Virginia

Library of Virginia

In the era of Enlightenment, books of knowledge, like Encyclopaedia Londinensis, took on a new importance and prominence in the scope of publishing. Organized by printer, bookseller, and stationer John Wilkes (1750-1810, of Milland House, Sussex), this work reflects his experience as a newspaper proprietor. Fine artists were employed to draw allegorical prints to embellish the volumes. Though Wilkes died in 1810, publication of the Encyclopaedia continued until around 1829 in London.

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