The Childrens Encyclopedia (Ten Volume Set) by Arthur MeeAvailable in public domain. Volume one (of ten volumes) is digitally preserved here: http://childrensencyclopedia.blogspot...
The Childrens Encyclopedia, originally titled The Childrens Encyclopædia, was a printed encyclopedia originated by Arthur Mee, and published by the Educational Book Company Ltd., a subsidiary of the Amalgamated Press of London. It was published from 1908 through to 1964, and was found in many family homes throughout the British Empire.
The format of the Encyclopedia was unusual: because it was originally published in fortnightly parts between March 1908 and February 1910. Some readers could have bound their own collections, but the first eight-volume sets were published in 1910.
Each section contained a variety of articles, developing its various topics as it progressed. The work could be used as a conventional reference library (the last volume contained a very extensive alphabetical index), or each section could perhaps be read from start to finish. Articles could also be dipped into at random to provide entertainment and reading matter whenever required.
The Encyclopedia was originally organised into the following sections (there were some changes in subsequent editions). (Some of these titles in fact cover scientific subjects such as geology, biology, astronomy, etc. but such scientific terms were generally avoided.)
* Familiar Things, by Many writers
* Wonder, by The Wise Man
* Nature, by Ernest Bryant and Edward Step
* The Child’s Own Life, by Dr. Caleb Saleeby
* The Earth, by Dr. Caleb Saleeby
* All Countries, by Frances Epps
* Great Lives, by Many writers
* Golden Deeds, by Many writers
* Bible Stories, by Harold Begbie
* Famous Books, by John Hammerton
* Stories, by Edward Wright
* Poetry, by John Hammerton
* School Lessons, by several writers, including Lois Mee, Arthurs sister
* Things To Make and Things To Do, by Many writers
The Encyclopædia broke new ground in the approach to education, aiming to make learning interesting and enjoyable. Its articles were clearly written. Some - in particular the scientific series - would have been challenging even to intelligent teenagers. It aimed above all to develop character and sense of duty.
The Encyclopedia was re-edited for the US market and retitled The Book of Knowledge (1911-12). A new company, Grolier, was founded to publish and distribute the book.
How to Donate Old Encyclopedia Britannicas
Donating books like encyclopedia sets is a way to help others and get rid of that huge set that's taking up extra space. There are many options about where to donate books, but some options are only available for entertainment books or very specific types of books. Encyclopedia sets are meant to help others gain knowledge about a large variety of subjects, so there are fewer options for donating these books than there are for donating old novels. Give the entire set to Books for Africa. This charitable organization takes donations of books, especially encyclopedias and other knowledge-building books, and gives them to schools and libraries in Africa to help children gain an education. Donate the set to a local library. Even if the library does not need the encyclopedia set, it often will take donations and use those donations by selling them to raise money for the library.
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Encyclopedias are nearly obsolete these days, which makes them harder to donate. Here are some ideas of what to do with your set. Dear Recyclebank : I have a set of Britannica encyclopedias that is in very good shape. My problem is, I cannot find anybody who wants them, not even libraries, schools, or bookstores. Any ideas? Dear Debbie: In the age of Google and Wikipedia, reference books like encyclopedias and dictionaries have become less and less in demand.
Dave Shaw remembers when the encyclopedia salesman came to his family's rural Cass City home -- in Michigan's thumb -- nearly 35 years ago. Shaw was 9 years old, and had persuaded his parents to get a brand-spanking-new set of Encyclopedia Britannica. Unpacking them was a really big deal. Shaw, who owns three sets of the books, may be in a growing minority of encyclopedia owners. A series of announcements recently from publishers across the globe suggests those multi-volume, dust-attracting shelf hogs many grew up with using in their homes and schools may be on their way out of print. Sales of Encyclopedia Britannica's 32 volumes peaked in , but in the next six years, they dropped 60 percent, and the company reinvented itself online.