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Dictionarium polygraphicum : or, the whole body of arts regularly digested. containing, I. The arts of Designing, Drawing, Painting, Washing Prints, Limning, Japanning, Gilding in all their various kinds. Also Perspective, the Laws of Shadows, Dialling, &c. II. Carving, Cutting in Wood, Stone; Moulding and Casting Figures in Plaister, Wax, Metal; also Engraving, and Etching, and Mezzotinto. III. A brief historical Account of the most considerable Painters, Sculptors, Statuaries, and Engravers, with those Cyphers or Marks by which their Works are known. IV. An Explanation of the Emblematical and Hieroglyphical Representations of the Heathen Deities, Powers, Human Passions, Virtues, Vices, &c. of great Use in History Painting. V. The Production, Nature, Refining, Compounding, Transmutation and Tinging all sorts of Metals and Minerals of various Colours. VI. The Arts of Making, Working, Painting or Staining all sorts of Glass and Marble; also Enamels, the imitation of all sorts of Precious Stones, Pearls, &c. according to the Practice both of the Antients and Moderns. Vii. Dying all sorts of Materials, Linen, Woollen, Silk, Leather, Wood, Ivory, Horns, Bones; also Bleaching and Whitening Linen, Hair, &c. Viii. The Art of Tapestry-Weaving, as now performed in England, Flanders and France, either of the high or low Warp; also many other curious Manufactures. IX. A Description of Colours, Natural and Artificial, as to their Productions, Natures or Qualities, various Preparations, Compositions and Uses. X. The method of making all kinds of Inks, both Natural and Sympathetical; and also many other Cariosities not here to be specified, whereby this is rendred a more Compleat Work than has hitherto appear'd in any language. Adorned with proper sculptures, curiously engraven on more than fifty copper plates.

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London: Printed for C. Hitch and C. Davis in Patter-noster Row, and S. Austen in St. Paul's Church-Yard., MDCCXXXV

Physical Description

2 v : plates, some folding ; 21 cm. (8°)

General Note

Edited by John Barrow. [cf. ESTC].
Vol. I.: contains plates I - XXX : Vol. II: contains plates XXI

Responsibility Note

Engraved frontispiece repeats imprint information, and is signed "J. Devoto, Inv." and [William Henry?] "Toms, Sculp." The plates are unsigned in Vol. I., and signed by Toms in Vol. II.


ESTC, T31837
Alston, III.549

Summary Note

Vol. I: [Advertisement, Frontis., t.p.] - Preface – The Polygraphick Dictionary [A – Hyp]. – Vol. II: The Polygraphick Dictionary [J – Z] – Articles added by way of a supplement – Directions to the binder for placing the prints in the Polygraphic Dictionary – [Advertisements: Books printed for C. Davis – Books printed for C. Hitch – Printed for Stephen Austen].


Inscribed in ink on the front free endpaper, 'Bequest of Sir A. W. Callcott'


Charles Hitch, publisher/bookseller
Charles Davis, bookseller
Stephen Austen, bookseller
Sir Augustus Wall Callcott RA, donor