Nelson's Encyclopaedia

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1910 ad[1]

Nelson's Perpetual Loose Leaf Encyclopaedia: An International Work of Reference was an encyclopedia originally published in twelve volumes by Thomas Nelson and Sons starting with Volume 1 in 1906 through to Volume 12 in 1907. It was published in loose leaf format; subscribers received updates every six months.[2] Its editor-in-chief was John H. Finley. It ceased publication in approximately 1934.[3]

A contemporary review in The New York Times read:

... the book that literally never does grow old, that has a concise, authoritative statement on the memorable event of yesterday as well as on the event that occurred thousands of years ago; the book that is never finished, and that nevertheless has the latest word on pretty much any subject regarding which immediate information is desired, seems very much like the wild and insubstantial dream of some overworked press agent, were it not that the thing has actually been accomplished, that the book in question really does exist ...[4]

The first edition of Nelson's Encyclopaedia was published in 1904 with a conventional binding.

Advertising slogans[edit]

Some slogans used in advertising it include:[2]

A New Encyclopaedia Today
Still New Six Months from Today!
STILL NEW Ten Years from Today!


The Encyclopaedia for a Lifetime!


NELSON'S PERPETUAL LOOSE-LEAF ENCYCLOPAEDIA Never Grows Old

Binding[edit]

Patent drawings for Nelson's Encyclopaedia looseleaf binding

The pages of the encyclopedia are bound using a locking device patented by Charles E. Baldauf and designed specifically for updating an encyclopedia, "which is to be supplied from time to time with additional insertion pages of printed matter ...".[5]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Popular Mechanics (advertising section), April 1910, p. 8
  2. ^ a b advertisement, Popular Science Monthly, January 1930, p. 9
  3. ^ No events after 1934 appear in the online version.
  4. ^ "Unique Plan for Reference Book: By Novel Binding Device Nelson's Encyclopaedia Solves Problem of Perpetual Freshness", New York Times (Saturday Review of Books), January 4, 1908, p. 18 pay access
  5. ^ "Loose-leaf binder", U.S. Patent US1071500A, filed September 14, 1907, published August 26, 1913

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