aim of the Publisher of "The National Encyclopædia"
is to produce a Standard Work of Reference, which for conciseness
and accuracy of information in every department of knowledge, literary,
scientific, artistic, and commercial, will be of essential service
to every one who desires trustworthy information on every subject
which may arise in his daily business or profession. The need of such
a standard work of reference is constantly felt by business men, whose
home and foreign connections render it necessary for them to have
a work at hand which will furnish information on the Imports and Exports
of every important article of merchandise, the Population, Revenue,
Commerce, and Shipping of every civilised country, as well as other
subjects which naturally occur in the course of their transactions.
And not only with regard to the connections of commerce will "The
National Encyclopædia" be found to be of intrinsic value,
but on all topics of permanent interest its information will be found
to supply a want, which is increasing as the nations of the world
are being so rapidly brought into vital connection with Great Britain,
as the natural centre and pioneer of civilisation. The daily press,
which is epitomising the news of the world, and conveying with telegraphic
speed every event of national importance, has created the desire for
fuller and more ample knowledge on the various subjects which are
of necessity so briefly treated, rendering such a book as "The
National Encyclopædia" an absolute necessity to every man,
who in the press of his business or profession desires to keep himself
abreast with the intelligence of the age; while, for family use, it
will also be found indispensable.
carry out in a satisfactory and thoroughly reliable manner the object
which he had in view, the Publisher of "The National Encyclopædia"
has been aided by a staff of Contributors, whose names are a sufficient
guarantee that the great variety of subjects embraced in an Encyclopædia
will be treated by them in such a manner as will maintain and enhance
Science, the researches and discoveries of our leading Astronomers,
Botanists, Chemists, Geologists, and Zoologists, will be fully indicated.
In Geography, the discoveries of Livingstone, Stanley, Speke, Baker,
Kane, Wills, Leichardt, Palgrave, and Burton, will be summarized.
In History, special attention has been given to the remarkable changes
in Europe since the wars between Prussia and Austria in 1864, and
between Germany and France in 1870-71. On Agricultural, Biographical,
Medical, Juridical, Topographical, Literary, and Social subjects,
great care has been bestowed, and the leading inventions in Art, Science,
and Manufactures have been prominently noticed. In addition to which
the valuable results of the census of 1871 will form an important
feature of the Work.
render "The National Encyclopædia" complete in every department,
careful attention has been given to its illustrations, of which there
will be upwards of 500 pages of Engraved Plates, besides numerous
Woodcuts to illustrate the Text, and a series of beautifully Coloured
Maps of the principal countries of the world.
purchaser of "The National Encyclopædia" will thus
find himself possessed of a summary of Modern Knowledge on every topic
of public interest and general importance, and no subject can suggest
itself in his reading, conversation, or business, but will be found
to be fully explained and copiously illustrated, while references
are given to works in which the subjects are exhaustively treated.
National Encyclopædia" will be published in volumes, each comprising,
on an average, about 520 pages of Letterpress, Forty-two pages of
beautifully engraved Plates, and numerous Woodcut Illustrations. The
Work will be completed in Thirteen Volumes, cloth elegant, antique,
cut edges, price Twelve Shillings each.