The Elements of Universal Erudition – Containing An Analytical Abridgment of the Sciences, Polite Arts, and Belles Lettres. Translated from the last Edition printed at Berlin by W[illiam] Hooper. [With the printed Dedication “To His Royal Highness, George, Prince of Wales”].
Three Volumes (complete set). London, Printed by G.Scott for J.Robson Bookseller in New-Bond Street and B. Law in Ave-Mary Lane, 1770. Octavo. Volume I: XV, 445 pages / Volume II: II, 433 pages plus two pages of an advertising of Books printed for J.Robson plus a large Fold-out- Illustration of musical scores / Volume III: II, 444 pages. Hardcover / Original 18th century full-leather with original spine-labels and gilt elemnts on spine. Very good condition with only minor signs of wear. From the library of Daniel Conner (Connerville / Manch House), with his Exlibris / Bookplate to pastedown.
Volume One includes chapters on: The Metallic Law, Criminal Law, Of certain parts of general jurisprudence, Of the practice of Law, Political Law, The Roman Law, The German and Saxon Laws, The feodal Law, The Military Law, The Law of Venery etc. etc.
Volume Two includes chapters on: Of the polite arts in general, Poetry, Music (including an explanatory plate with Noteses and scores at the rear of the Volume)
Volume Three includes chapters on: Mythology, Ancient History, Of Antiquities, Blazonry, Of Travels and Travellers, Digression on certain anomalous arts and science, Digression on chimerical arts and sciences, Digressions on Critisicm, Digression on Literary Journals, Digression on Libraries //
Jakob Friedrich von Bielfeld (31 March 1717 – 5 April 1770) was a German writer and statesman for the Kingdom of Prussia during the Age of Enlightenment. His work mainly consists of reflections on national governance, but also of comedies. His work had significant impact on both Political Science and Statistics. Bielfeld was an advisor to Frederick the Great of Prussia. His political work was translated into several languages and introduced by Joachim Georg Darjes.
Bielfeld was born in Hamburg in 1717. His ancestors were rich Merchants. He started studying in Leyden, Netherlands in 1732, from where he traveled to France and England in 1735. During this travels he got in contact with Montesquieu. Bielfeld became a freemason in Hamburg in 1737. In 1738 he was the speaker of the introduction ceremony Crown Prince Frederick of Prussia becoming a freemason. When Frederick became King, Bielfeld started his diplomatic career as a Counselor to the Prussian Consulates in Hannover and London and Berlin afterwards. Bielfeld became a tutor of Prince August Ferdinand in 1745 with whom he would stay in contact for his whole life. In 1747 Bielfeld became curator of Prussia’s universities and director of Berlin’s Charité Hospital. In 1748 he married Dorothea Juliane von Reich and was ennobled as a Baron as a wedding gift from Frederick the Great. In 1753 Bielfeld became the director of the “Königliche Schauspiel” (Royal Theater). Bielfeld retired from service for the King of Prussia in 1755 at the age of 38. It is assumed that he retired frustrated because he was not offered engagement with higher prestige, since the King maybe had lost credit on Bielfeld due to some rather unsuccessful undertakings by Bielfeld. Bielfeld died in Altenburg at the age 53, in 1770. (Wikipedia)