A Brief History of Encyclopaedias

    A Brief History of Encyclopaedias

    From Pliny to Wikipedia

    Andrew Brown

    Hesperus 2011

    Paperback 123pp

    9781843919735   Product Code: 99566

    Andrew Brown's investigation of 'this strange genre' first provides an historical survey of encyclopedias from antiquity to the digital present, followed by a list - alphabetical, of course - of themes that run through all encyclopedias, from Alphabet, Apocalypse and Ark to Zeppelin. As well as discussing milestones of Western culture such as Diderot and D'Alembert's Encyclopedie and Encyclopaedia Britannica, Brown looks at Arabic, Chinese and Indian reference works.

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