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Free kindle book and epub digitized and proofread by Project Gutenberg. Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, "English Language" to. Free kindle book and epub digitized and proofread by Project Gutenberg. Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, "Logarithm" to "Lord. The Encyclopedia Britannica, edition. Encyclopedia Britannica. by Wikimedia Foundation. Publication date Usage Public Domain.
Reviewer: abenddaemmerung - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 2, Subject: Voyage into immortality Great reading stuff. Perfect mirror of the late Victorian mind and its restless searching all ages all space all fancy for "information worth to be communicated". Here's the world as any literate Edwardian wished to see it, and no today's reader can do without it, once he has taken first notice. Nowadays, the world being a century older, not necessarily better, all science has greatly progressed. That should be borne in mind, when reading the great work.
These "Victorian times" are no longer historical times, but times in fairy-land.
To this Victorian kingdom, imperishable and settled once and for ever in its own boundaries, the Encyclopaedia Britannica is the guide. We may follow this guide, as Dante trustfully followed Vergil into Hell and Heaven. Read the Britannica in this spirit, and you won't be disappointed.
Unfortunately, the scan suffers strongly from its being hastily performed, and sometimes the fingers of the performing person can be seen, not the text. The article on Alfred Lord Tennyson has been greatly corrupted this way.
That's a shame. A literary monument like the Britannica deserves better respect. Reviewer: Doug P - favoritefavoritefavorite - September 23, Subject: analysis of e-version I downloaded the entire EB from this site some months ago, and liked it fine.
Now I'm having trouble reading it in PDF form, and I notice I now get a message with each download from 'our beloved Google' taking credit for the availablity!
Also I can't get good page alignment on my PDF reader.
Foxit Reader 4. I expect to get it to behave better. Now as to some of the complaints. The EB was scanned photographically and thus will never be completely satisfactory. The information is worth digging out.
The Bible reference in the description mentions the serious coverage of that book. This is perhaps more true than the writer knew. It is extensive, but the writers are a mixture of old-school and new. The Britannica was published under the pseudonym "A Society of Gentlemen in Scotland", possibly referring to the many gentlemen who had bought subscriptions.
Some illustrations were shocking to some readers, such as the three pages depicting female pelvises and fetuses in the midwifery article; King George III commanded that these pages be ripped from every copy.
Previous English encyclopedias had generally listed related terms separately in their alphabetical order, rather like a modern technical dictionary, an approach that the Britannica's' management derided as "dismembering the sciences". Smellie wrote most of the first edition, borrowing liberally from the authors of his era, including Voltaire , Benjamin Franklin , Alexander Pope and Samuel Johnson. He later said:  I wrote most of it, my lad, and snipped out from books enough material for the printer.
With pastepot and scissors I composed it! Although this edition has been faulted for its imperfect scholarship, Smellie argued that the Britannica should be given the benefit of the doubt: With regard to errors in general, whether falling under the denomination of mental, typographical or accidental, we are conscious of being able to point out a greater number than any critic whatever.
Men who are acquainted with the innumerable difficulties of attending the execution of a work of such an extensive nature will make proper allowances. To these we appeal, and shall rest satisfied with the judgment they pronounce. Wherever this intention does not plainly appear, neither the books nor their authors have the smallest claim to the approbation of mankind".
This has been periodically reprinted and is still part of Britannica's product line. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press. Library of Congress catalog number I has viii, , i pages, but 10 unpaginated pages are added between p.