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The English Cyclopaedia: A new dictionary of universal knowledge (London, 1854–1862, 4to, 23 vols., 12,117 pages; supplements, 1869–1873, 4 vols., 2858 pages), was published by Charles Knight, based on the Penny Cyclopaedia, of which he had the copyright. He was assisted by Alexander Ramsay and James Thorne.[1] It was sometimes popularly referred to as "Knights Encyclopedia".[2]

It is in four divisions, each alphabetical, and very unequal:

  1. Geography (4 volumes and supplement)
  2. Natural history (4 volumes and supplement)
  3. Biography (with 703 lives of living persons; 6 volumes and supplement)
  4. Arts and sciences (8 volumes and supplement)

A supplement in four volumes, one for each section, was published between 1869 and 1873, together with a synoptical index.[3] No further editions of the English Cyclopaedia, however, it served as the basis of the Everyman's Encyclopaedia in 1913.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://hdl.handle.net/2027/njp.32101076533189?urlappend=%3Bseq=372
  2. ^ Walsh, S. Padraig, 1922- Anglo-American general encyclopedias: a historical bibliography, 1703-1967 New York : Bowker, p. 60
  3. ^ Walsh, S. Padraig, 1922- Anglo-American general encyclopedias: a historical bibliography, 1703-1967 New York : Bowker, p. 60
  4. ^ Walsh, S. Padraig, 1922- Anglo-American general encyclopedias: a historical bibliography, 1703-1967 New York : Bowker, p. 61
  •   This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Knight, Charles". Encyclopædia Britannica. 15 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 850.
  • Catalogue of the British Library

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