The British Encyclopaedia, or Dictionary of Arts and Sciences; Comprising an accurate and popular view of the present improved state of human knowledge was published in 1809 in six octavo volumes and around 150 plates.
It was published by a syndicate of twenty four booksellers whose names appear on the title pages, starting with Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme. Each purchased shares and in due time received a proportional profit from the eventual sales. This method of publishing was common in the 18th and early 19th century and was known as a conger. It was particularly suited to part works such as encyclopaedias.
In 1821 an American edition of British Encyclopedia was published by John Ames Mitchell in Philadelphia. In 1998 a project made a comparisment of the content of British Encyclopaedia with Gregory's Dictionary of Arts and Sciences, published in 1808, and also edited by Jeremiah Joyce. It showed that 50% of the two texts was identical.
- American edition of the British encyclopedia, 1821 at Archive.org
- John Issitt. A tale of two encyclopaedias: transitions in the presentation of scientific knowledge, The Open University, The Textbook Colloquium, 1998
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