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Encyclopedia Britannica 9th - 1876 - MAP - DEVON

$ 14.24


 

ANTIQUE HAND COLORED MAP

This 135 year old map is from "ENCYCLOPEDIA BRITANNICA, NINTH EDITION" dated c1876.

This hand colored map (the size of the picture) is about 10 " x 7 1/2" on a page that is about 13 " x 10 ".  It is in very good condtion with some age toning. It is suitable for framing and would be an excellant gift.

9th edition, The Scholar's Edition

The landmark ninth edition, often called 'the Scholar's Edition', was published from January 1875 to 1889 in 24 volumes with one index volume. Up to 1880, the editor was Thomas Spencer Baynes — the first English-born editor after a series of Scots — and W. Robertson Smith afterwards.

The 9th edition was a critical success, and roughly 8,500 sets were sold in Britain. A & C Black authorized two American firms, Charles Scribner's Sons and Little, Brown and Company, to distribute the Britannica in the United States, and roughly 45,000 sets were sold. However, several hundred thousand pirated copies were also sold in the U.S., which still did not have copyright laws protecting foreign publications. Famous pirates of that era include the Philadelphian Joseph M. Stoddart, who employed a spy in the Britannica's own printshop, Neill and Company, in Edinburgh. The spy would steal the proofreader's copies and send them by fastest mail to the United States, allowing Stoddart to publish his version simultaneously with the Britannica and at nearly half the price ($5 versus $9 per volume).

Another successful pirate was Henry G. Allen, who developed a photographic reproduction method for the Britannica and charged only half as much as Stoddart ($2.50 per volume). Other alleged pirates of the 9th edition included John Wanamaker and the Reverend Isaac Kaufmann Funk of the Funk and Wagnalls encyclopedia. In 1890, James Clarke published the Americanized Encyclopædia Britannica, Revised and Amended. However, in 1896, Scribner's obtained court orders to shut down the pirate operations, whose printing plates were melted down as part of the enforcement.

The sale of the Britannica to Americans has left a lingering resentment among some British citizens, especially when it is perceived that parochial American concerns are emphasized. For example, one modern British critic has written[15]

 

The full horror of what an American editorial monopoly entails is seldom appreciated. The American editors who write short in-house ("Micropædia") articles are ignorant and parochial...The Encyclopædia Britannica is a publication so contemptuous of Britain, the land of its birth, that it cannot be bothered to ascertain correct usage when speaking of the Thames, a publication so insular as to give an entry to Alan Whicker but none to Lords Carrington or Whitelaw. It amounts to more than impertinence.

The map that is being sold is of "DEVON, ENGLAND".


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