A Brief History of Encyclopaedias

February 12, 2012 § 5 Comments

I’ve been meaning to do more research on encyclopedias, so this book might serve as an introduction: A Brief History of Encyclopaedias by Andrew Brown. Will report back when I have read it.

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§ 5 Responses to A Brief History of Encyclopaedias

  • Wow, this sounds oddly interesting! Will be curious to hear about it!

  • Rivenrod says:

    I concur, weirdly interesting M. I’m looking forward to your take on it all.

    RR

  • M says:

    I have to warn you though.. Sometimes I can be a slow reader :) The book is fairly thin though!

  • Phil says:

    Well, I liked it a lot. It’s very nicely written, entertaining, and not pedantic at all. I learned all sorts of fun things, like that the longest encyclopedia of all time is 2.3 million pages long (thanks, Qian Dynasty!), and that Michel Foucault read Plutarch on his deathbed. Granted I’m just some guy passing by your blog, but I heartily recommend it.

    • M says:

      Thanks for stopping by and for taking time to comment on the blog! I’m still on the first chapter of the book since a lot of other things came in the way of reading. But I’m picking up the book again now, so thanks for bringing it to my attention again : )

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