Notable encyclopedias of the late eighteenth century

BookNotable encyclopedias of the late eighteenth century

Notable encyclopedias of the late eighteenth century

eleven successors of the Encyclopédie

Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment, 315


January 1st, 1994

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General encyclopedias illuminate the culture of an era; yet, except for the first edition of the Encyclopédie, those launched from 1750 to 1800 have received far less attention than the novels, plays, poems, newspapers, and pamphlets of the period. This void in our knowledge is all the more regrettable since the compilation of encyclopedias thrived during the late eighteenth century. 
In the present work a group of scholars examine eleven notable general encyclopedias of the period, paying particular attention to their publishing history, editing, prose style, political and religious views, and contents as books of knowledge. Each of these works sheds light on a specific time and place as well as the encyclopedia genre. They were published in cities and towns in France, Switzerland, Italy, Scotland, England, the United States, Germany, and Russia, and they reveal much about the intellectual, religious, political, economic, and social life of their respective regions, as well as the extent of the reception and diffusion of the Enlightenment. 
The new information about these eleven encyclopedias provides the basis for an epilogue that discusses their relationship to Diderot and d’Alembert's renowned Encyclopédie and the extent of that work’s influence on the eighteenth-century encyclopedic tradition. 
This book is designed as a companion to Notable Encyclopedias of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries: nine predecessors of the ‘Encyclopédie’, edited by Frank A. Kafker, SVEC 194 (1981).

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Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Half Title2
Title Page4
Copyright Page5
I. French-language successors10
1. The last edition of the Dictionnaire de Trévoux12
2. The Tuscan editions of the Encyclopédie58
3. The Yverdon Encyclopédie92
4. The quarto and octavo editions of the Encyclopédie124
II. English-language successors150
5. William Smellie’s edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica152
6. Abraham Rees’s eighteenth-century Cyclopaedia190
7. Thomas Dobson’s American edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica208
III. Other European-language successors262
8. The Deutsche Encyclopädie264
9. Russian translations of the Encyclopédie342
IV. Epilogue394
10. The influence of the Encyclopédic on the eighteenth-century encyclopedic tradition396
Appendix: guidelines408
Notes on contributors412