Friday, May 14, 2010


ENCYCLOPÆDIA BRITANNICA. Dictionary of Arts, Sciences and General Literature. The R.S. Peale Reprint. With new maps and original American articles by eminent writers. With American revisions and additions by W.H. DuPuy, D.D., LL.D., bringing each volume up to date. Chicago, R.S. Peale Company, 1892. Twenty-four volumes complete, plus Index. $60.00.

Volume I, Title Page

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Volumes VIII - XXIV and Index

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In the Forum: a twenty-five-volume set of corn flakes.


RUDHI - Chance said...

That's a huge mountain of knowledge; against diarrhoea of mind;-)

Dwight said...

Heh... love seeing this while finishing up Parade's End. In the first volume, Christopher Tietjens corrects errors in the E.B. from memory. Later, after shell shock, he stoops to reading it in order to get his memory back. A nice visual of what he was dealing with.

Janice said...

When I look at the bottom photo I feel like I am seeing a picture of a group of old friends waiting to have a chat with me and share their knowledge...I love old books :)

William Michaelian said...

Rudhi, it takes a mountain to fight such a malady.

Oh, my. Imagine knowing, wondering, hoping it’s in there somewhere. Thanks, Dwight.

Janice, my keyboard is about three inches from the stack on the right, and I’m finding their cordial chatter quite distracting. So many voices at once. I just might have to join them.

~im just only me~ said...

whoh, but how will you find out about the interwebs? :P

William Michaelian said...

Simply by looking in Vol. XIII, INF-KAN. If it isn’t there, it doesn’t exist.

Wine and Words said... thank you. I think I already have that app on my iPhone! But all the speckled flecks across page edges pushed up against one another by bookend spines....mesmerizes me a little. And I bet they smell marvelous, just the way I like my wine - old and musty.

William Michaelian said...

That they do. But I just looked up iPhone. It doesn’t exist either. Sorry, but it seems someone sold you a bill of goods.

Paul L. Martin said...

William, is that a genuine Royal manual typewriter I see to the left of the stack? Didn't some guy named Saroyan cause quite a stir in the literary world with a Royal?

Hmmm...I am sure "typewriter" exists in those speckled pages. God, how I miss those days. I still have a similar one in my attic. Roll the paper in and a way we go. No boot up, updates, crashes, or gigabytes to speak of. Just that glorious "clackety-clack" of real writers at work.

William Michaelian said...

Yes, there was nothing like the sound of the high school typing class going full bore on a sunny San Joaquin Valley morning, the door and windows open to permit full access to stray dogs and dragonflies....

I knew you’d notice the typewriter. Your eyes don’t deceive you.

Saroyan... yes... I vaguely remember the name.