On 01/23/2010 02:59 AM, Jussi-Ville Heiskanen wrote:
William Pietri wrote:
I note that just last night I was browsing EBay
to see what a set of the
1911 Encyclopedia Britannica goes for. For $10, I could get it on DVD.
Or I could pay hundreds for a physical set. I would never buy the DVD,
but I might buy the physical set. And I already own a reproduction of
the 3-volume 1768 edition.
Out of curiosity, how does the three volume edition
I'm not quite sure how to answer that. Is there something you wanted me
to measure it against?
Personally, I find it a delight, and am prone to flipping through it
when I'm wondering what exactly an encyclopedia is. More for inspiration
than knowledge, of course. But it's nice to see the familiar features:
articles, large and small; redirects, see-alsos, illustrations,
references; even a proto-NPOV, where on topics of dispute, both sides
My second-favorite thing about it is that the three volumes, which were
published serially, are A-B, C-L, M-Z. I've always suspected they
started out with a surplus of ambition and then realized what they were
up against. And my favorite thing is the preface, which starts out,
"Utility ought to be the principle intention of every publication."
Reading through it never fails to remind me what a great enterprise an
encyclopedia is, both theirs and ours.
If there isn't a copy in the WMF office, I'm glad to leave mine there
upon request for a while.