Ephraim Chambers (ca. 1680 - 1740)
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Writer and encyclopaedist, primarily known for producing the Cyclopaedia, or a Universal Dictionary of Arts and Sciences the first edition of which was published by subscription in 1728 in two volumes. Chambers worked on translating other works in French on perspective and chemistry from 1726 to 1727, including the Practice of Perspective from the French of Jean Dubreuil.
Born: ca. 1680 in Milton, near Kendal, Westmorland, England, United Kingdom
Died: 15 May 1740
Cyclopædia: Or, An Universal Dictionary Of Arts and Sciences; Containing The Definitions of the Terms, And Accounts of The Things signify'd thereby, In the several Arts, Both Liberal and Mechanical, And the several Sciences, Human and Divine: The Figures, Kinds, Properies, Productions, Preparations, and Uses, of Things Natural and Artificial; The Rise, Progress, and State of Things Ecclesiastical, Civil, Military, and Commercial: With the several Systems, Sects, Opinions, &c. among Philosophers, Divines, Mathematicians, Physicians, Antiquaries, Criticks, &c. The Whole intended as a Course of Antient and Modern Learning. Compiled from the best Authors, Dictionaries, Journals, Memoirs, Transactions, Ephemerides, &c. in several Languages. In Two Volumes. By E. Chambers Gent. ... Volume the First. (Second.) - London:: 
Cyclopædia: Or, An Universal Dictionary Of Arts And Sciences. Containing An Explanation of the Terms, and an Account Of The Several Subjects, In The Liberal And Mechanical Arts, And The Sciences, Human and Divine. Intended as a Course of Ancient and Modern Learning. By E. Chambers, F.R.S. ... With The Supplement, And Modern Improvements, Incorporated in one Alphabet. By Abraham Rees, D.D. In Four Volumes. Volume The First. (Fifth.) - London,: 
The practice of perspective; or, an easy method of representing natural objects according to the rules of art : Applied and exemplified in all the variety of cases; as landskapes, gardens, buildings of divers kinds, their appendages, parts, and furniture. With rules for the proportion of figures, both in draught and relievo. Also the manner of conducting the shadows, produced either by natural or artificial luminaries; and practical methods of drawing after nature, when the process of rules are not understood. A work highly necessary for painters, engravers, architects, embroiderers, statuaries, jewellers, tapestry-workers, and others concerned in designing. The whole illustrated with one hundred and fifty copper-plates Written in French by a Jesuit of Paris; translated by E. Chambers - London: 
Sebastien Le Clerc
A Treatise Of Architecture, With Remarks and Observations, Necessary for Young People, who would apply themselves to that Noble Art. By Seb. Le Clerc, Knight of the Empire, Designer and Engraver in Ordinary to the Cabinet of the French King. - London:: 1732.