Abraham Rees, English encyclopedist, 1796.
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Engraving by William Holl after an original oil painting by John Opie RA, 1796. Abraham Rees (1743-1825) was a tutor in Hebrew and mathematics at Hackney College from 1786-1796, and pastor to the Old Jewry congregation in London from 1783-1825. He re-edited the 'Cyclopaedia' of Ephraim Chambers between 1778 and 1791, and also worked on the 'The New Cyclopaedia' from 1802-1820, which eventually appeared in 45 volumes.