Details about THE ENCYCLOPEDIA BRITANNICA. ELEVENTH (11th) EDITION. 1911. Leather Set. CompletSee original listing
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ENCYCLOPEDIA BRITANNICA. THE ELEVENTH EDITION.
Complete in 29 volumes, with index as volume 29, as issued.
New York: The Encyclopedia Britannica Company;
Printed in 1910 - 1911.
THE ELEVENTH EDITION.
Bound in full leather bindings.
Full leather bindings were more expensive to produce and are the more desirable bindings.
Illustrated, including numerous fold out maps.
Handy Volume Issue.
8.5 inches tall.
Approximately 34 inches of shelf space.
Good to Very good condition. The leather is still supple. Hinges are all strongly attached, some starting, two with archival reattachment. Some closed tears to the fold outs. Some general wear/rubs, usage wear, but fully intact and complete. This is an impressive collection of the highly regarded Eleventh Edition of The Encyclopedia Britannica.
This is the last edition published in England of the Encyclopedia Britannica, is printed on fine India rice paper, and is most highly regarded. Over 16,000 articles provide a high level of scholarship, authenticity, and originality of thought.
The Encyclopaedia Britannica Eleventh Edition (1910–1911) was developed during the encyclopaedia's transition from a British to an American publication. Some of its articles were written by the best-known scholars of the time. The initials of the encyclopedia's contributors appear at the end of selected articles, or at the end of a section in the case of longer articles, such as that on China, and a key is given in each volume to these initials. Some articles were written by the best-known scholars of the time, such as Edmund Gosse, J. B. Bury, Algernon Charles Swinburne, John Muir, Peter Kropotkin, T. H. Huxley and William Michael Rossetti. Among the then lesser-known contributors were some who would later become distinguished, such as Ernest Rutherford and Bertrand Russell. Many articles were carried over from the ninth edition, some with minimal updating, some of the book-length articles divided into smaller parts for easier reference, yet others much abridged. The best-known authors generally contributed only a single article or part of an article. Most of the work was done by journalists, British Museum scholars and other scholars. The 1911 edition for the first time included a number of female contributors, with 34 women contributing articles to the edition. The eleventh edition introduced a number of changes of the format of the Britannica. It was the first to be published complete, instead of the previous method of volumes being released as they were ready. The print type was kept in galley proofs and subject to continual updating until publication. It was the first edition of Britannica to be issued with a comprehensive index volume in which was added a categorical index, where like topics were listed. It was the first not to include long treatise-length articles. Even though the overall length of the work was about the same as that of its predecessor, the number of articles had increased from 17,000 to 40,000. It was also the first edition of Britannica to include biographies of living people.
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