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THE NEW ROYAL ENCYCLOPAEDIA; OR, COMPLETE MODERN UNIVERSAL DICTIONARY OF ARTS & SCIENCES, ON A NEW AND IMPROVED PLAN : IN WHICH ALL THE RESPECTIVE SCIENCES, ARE ARRANGED INTO COMPLETE SYSTEMS, AND THE ARTS DIGESTED INTO DISTINCT TREATISES. ALSO THE DETACHED PARTS OF KNOWLEDGE, Alphabetically arranged and fully explained, according to the BEST AUTHORITIES. Containing a Digest and Display of the Whole Theory and Practice of the Liberal and Mechanical Arts. Comprising a General REPOSITORY of ANCIENT AND MODERN LITERATURE, FROM THE EARLIEST AGES, DOWN TO THE PRESENT TIME: Containing all the New IMPROVEMENTS and latest DISCOVERIES made in the ARTS and SCIENCES, particularly Acoustic ... Vermeology, &c. The Superfluities which abound in other Dictionaries are expunged, for the Purpose of incorporating Complete Systems, and Distinct Treatises. By means of this addition and deviation from the Old Plan it comprizes A GENERAL CIRCLE OF SCIENCE, AND FORMS THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE LIBRARY OF UNIVERSAL KNOWLEDGE, That was ever published in the ENGLISH LANGUAGE. The Whole entirely freed from the Errors, Obscurities, and Superfluities of other DICTIONARIES. Illustrated with upwards of 150 Large Superb COPPER PLATES, accurately Descriptive of the Subjects to which they refer. IN THREE VOLUMES. VOL. II / By WILLIAM HENRY HALL, ESQ. Millman Place, Bedford Row, London. AND BY OTHER GENTLEMEN OF SCIENTIFIC KNOWLEDGE, WHOSE NAMES AND ADDRESSES APPEAR IN THE WORK