Archives & Special Collections Gallery Exhibit




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Creation Date

Fall 2014


Artifact Label:

The Cabinet Cyclopædia
London: Printed for Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, and Green, 1831-51

The Cabinet Cyclopædia, like the Penny Cyclopædia (case to the left), are indicative of the 19th century push to bring scientific, as well as other learned information, to the common public. The Cabinet Cyclopædia in particular was “intended to form a popular compendium of whatever is useful, instructive, and interesting in the circle of human knowledge.” Moby-Dick itself can be described as being encyclopedic in nature.

Gift of Judge Charles W. Fricke