The handsome three-volume reproduction is so beautifully executed that it's almost indistinguishable from the 1768 original, right down to the natural age spots and watermarks on the pages. It serves as a time capsule of the world's knowledge and a must-have for collectors of history or vintage books, the set lends an unmistakable air of prestige to any home or office. Over Two hundred and thirty years ago in 1768, a 'Society of Gentlemen' undertook the publication of the world's first "Encyclopaedia Britannica", establishing a tradition of comprehensiveness and authority in general knowledge that has remained unsurpassed ever since. It took three years to compile and had far reaching effects. It took us just as long to create the 3-volume Replica first Edition "Encyclopaedia Britannica". And the result is a fascinating insight into the life and thoughts of Britain at the dawn of the age of invention. With the aid of modern technology we have skillfully retained the antique look of hand-set type, the rust marks of age, the watermark of the paper and the richly decorated binding of the original set. Beautifully illustrated with engravings by Andrew Bell, one of the founders of "Encyclopaedia Britannica", these three volumes, virtually indistinguishable from the First Edition original, are a book collector's dream. As an engrossing conversation piece, this set lends an air of prestige and beauty to any home or office library. If you love history or vintage books, you'll find it difficult to put down the fascinating volumes of the "Britannica First Edition Replica Set".