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A Solution to the Multitude of Books: Ephraim Chambers's Cyclopaedia (1728) as "the Best Book in the Universe".

A Solution to the Multitude of Books: Ephraim Chambers's Cyclopaedia (1728) as "the Best Book in the Universe"

R. Yeo. 2003. Journal of the history of ideas 64:61-72.

"The Cyclopaedia was a kind of 'ready-made commonplace book,' an alphabetical compendium of general knowledge culled from the best books available on many subjects ... a representation of the writing of many other scholars.... Chambers was put in the difficult position of defending his own acts of borrowing as legitimate while limiting as much as possible similar borrowing from his own work .... he argued that the Cyclopaedia gathered diverse materials and reorganized them in a format that had all the advantages and all the authorial originality of 'a continued discourse.'"

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Title Annotation:Information Management
Author:Malone, Edward A.
Publication:Technical Communication
Date:Aug 1, 2004
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