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The Encyclopaedia Britannica Hardcover – Big Book, 1 Jan 1968


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  • Hardcover: 2659 pages
  • Publisher: Encyclopaedia Britannica (UK) Ltd; Facsimile of 1 ed (1768). edition (1 Jan 1968)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0852290667
  • ISBN-13: 978-0852290668
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 23.5 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 593,369 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Ross J. Warren on 13 Mar 2009
Format: Hardcover
This reproduction is good. The paper is watermarked and has age spots, which I imagine are copied from a real first edition. The age spots are a little irritating although they don't spoil the read they seem a little silly. The Bindings are very good quality but give the game away. However the books themselves are an absorbing read.
Much of the information is as relevant today as in the 1700's. There are recipes for bleach and laudanum, which might get you into trouble if you followed them. The article on Arithmetic is very good and would be helpful to a student even now. It's a fascinating read throughout and gives a very valid insight into the thinking of the better off gents of the period. I find that I keep picking the volumes up and I enjoy reading the articles a great deal. I also catch my eldest son reading the volumes often.
The style of printing takes a while to get used to, the most different letter being s, which looks a little like an f and can trip you up from time to time. I am delighted with these books and cannot imagine living without them now. When you consider the quality of the books and the bindings the price is very reasonable indeed. These books will certainly become a valued addition to any homes library and are a must have for any serious student of the 18th Century. The plates and illustrations are both interesting and artistically satisfying. Of all the books I have bought in the last year this is by far my favourite. This collection of books would make an excellent present for an intellectual relative or as a real and valuable treat for a youngster. A real treasure to pass on to later generations
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Nov 2003
Format: Hardcover
A painstaking copy of the three-volume first edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica, originally published in Edinburgh in 1771. It really is something special: a fascinating record of the extent of knowledge, both true and mistaken, of the time, with many contemporary illustrations. (The first volume has a large and absorbing section on Anatomy, a specialisation of academic Edinburgh - think Burke and Hare - which is why it only gets as far as the letter B!) This item will appeal to anyone with an interest in the period, to book collectors or even to libraries needing to complete their catalogues.
The quality of reproduction is astonishing: the paper looks and feels just right, the slightly uneven letterpress of the time is well copied and very persuasive signs of ageing (“light foxing”) have been incorporated. There is absolutely nothing to indicate that this isn’t an eighteenth century original.
In contrast, it must be acknowledged that the bindings, although also in the period style, are not real leather and do not seem as convincing as the contents. However, the work itself is of such quality that could be worthwhile to follow the practice of the time (books were then usually sold unbound) and arrange for your own binding, although I imagine this would be quite costly.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By jacqui on 11 Jan 2012
Format: Hardcover
I received my books this morning and i'm really please with the quality and looking forward to reading them,they look like original books. good service would use again
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By RHODA R. BANGURAH on 19 Mar 2013
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The writing on the pages are so fade that you can hardly read. I am so so disappointed with purchased.
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65 of 74 people found the following review helpful
Fascinating 12 Oct 2004
By Gavin Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
There's a wonderful episode in series three of Blackadder in which, for reasons I cannot quite remember, Baldric and Blackadder work through the night to recreate Dr Johnson's dictionary. I think they get as 'Aardvark'.

There's a sense of too much effort being invested up-front in this first edition of the Encyclopaedia. The three equally-sized volumes cover A-B, C-L and M-Z. The volumes were written and published a few years apart, and you can imagine the editorial meeting in 1768 when they realised that they had only cover A to B. Would they continue at the same pace, and possibly not live to see a final XYZ volume published? (What would their wives say?!) Or would they rush the rest, and hope that no-one noticed the imbalance?

Well, now we can enjoy the imbalance. A word of warning: you need to get used to the archaic form of the letter 's', which looks like an 'f' except at the end of a word or when in uppercase. Thus we get phrases like 'notwithftanding thefe difadvantages' and conceivably 'fuppofing Pope's Iliad to be fhit'.

The reproduction of the three volumes has been done on a photographic basis, using an aged edition. Thus you'll buying a pristine photocopy of someone's original, as it is now, splodges and all. As others have noted, the binding is not real leather, but this doesn't bother me. Each volume is surprisingly light, given that you're getting around 1,000 pages per book. And that includes a number of fold-out tables.

The content is particularly Scottish, by the way, although there is no harm in that. Thus if you look up 'Law', there's almost nothing on the law of England and Wales, yet the editor appears to have filled countless pages with the full text of every Scottish statute in operation at the time.

As you might expect, this is not the first encyclopaedia to buy if you're looking for something to help your kids through GCSEs. I suspect that, 250 years on, over half the entries are incorrect or at least out of kilter with today's understanding of the world. But it's a fascinating thing to browse through.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Britannica 1st Edition Replica set 27 Mar 2013
By Dene - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Well, besides purchasing the complete Britannica encyclopedia to replace my set from 1971 which was destroyed in a 2009 house fire I now have the original 3-volume set. It came very well boxed with each of the volumes protected by shrink wrap. It's too bad that the set when it was originally put together in the late 18th century didn't have an index but who's to quibble? It's interesting to look at, is very well bound and makes for a great addition to my library. Plus getting it at a sale price made me even happier. Recommended for anyone who has an interest in what the world was like in the 18th century.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Antiquity preserved! 20 Dec 2012
By Jim Falk - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This Britannica First Edition Replica Set is every poor-man's collectible tome without the expense of a true antique set of books. Add to that the benefit of beautifully replicated "new" books without the often-found deterioration of old books. Additionally, the information found on each and every page takes the reader back in time in a manner in which only faithful replication of the original books can. Don't deny yourself! If you love reading and history equally well you've gotta have this set.
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
We enjoy it very much 3 July 2011
By Cantabela - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Very happy with the purchase.It was a father's day gift and my husband loves it. I wish it would have arrived in a plain brown box because it was in the publisher's box and my husband saw it when arrived. Butthe price and the package was great,brand new as well.fast shipping.thank you
2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Sad day for the books 27 Nov 2012
By Harold Allen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Just fun to have. Britannice book's were a staple in the good old days and just fun to have on the book case.
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