Abraham Rees(1743-1825), Encyclopaedist
Sitter in 9 portraits
Began his career as Tutor in Mathematics at Coward's Academy in London. Following the academy's move to Hoxton in 1762, Rees became Resident Tutor, a position he held until 1785. From 1786 to 1796 he was Tutor in Hebrew and Mathematics at New College, Hackney, established by rational dissenters in London. Rees was also a Presbyterian minister and preached regularly from 1768. He published four volumes of his sermons between 1812 and 1821. Rees's interest in mathematics and science led him to re-edit Ephraim Chambers's Cyclopaedia, originally published in 1728, for publisher, Longmans. The thirty-nine volumes were published between 1802 and 1820, and on their completion Longmans paid Rees 300 guineas.
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