It is now many years since Chambers's
Information for the People first issued from the press. The
cheapness of the work, its novelty, and the varied mass of useful
knowledge which was embraced, rendered it a popular favourite.
Without adventitious aid, its sale was immense. Since that time it
has undergone numerous improvements both as regards matter and
general appearance. Again, from the constant and rapid advance in
every branch of science and art, it has been deemed necessary to
recast the work in adaptation to the existing state of human
knowledge. Hence the present, or Fifth Edition, which has been
revised under the able Editorship of Andrew Findlater, LL.D.
Designed in an especial manner for the People, though adapted for
all classes, the work will be found to comprise those subjects on
which information is of the most importance; such as the more
interesting branches of science—physical, mathematical, and moral;
natural history, political history, geography, and literature;
together with a few miscellaneous paper which seem to be called for
by peculiar circumstances affecting the British people. Thus
everything is given that is requisite for a generally well informed
man in the less highly educated portions of society, and nothing
omitted appertaining to intellectual cultivation, excepting subjects
of professional or local interest. It will be understood, then, that
the Information for the People is not an encyclopaedia, in the
comprehensive meaning of the word, but rather one embracing only the
more important departments of general knowledge.
The ruling object, indeed, has been to afford the means oi
self-education, and to introduce into the mind, thus liberated and
expanded, a craving after still further advancement It may well be
said of the present edition, as was said of the last, that the
improvements are very considerable. The scientific treatises have,
in general, been carefully remodelled, with due attention to recent
discoveries. Subjects the interest of which is past have been
omitted or greatly condensed, and others of a more enduring and
important nature have taken their place. In the Indexes will be
found a reference to almost every subject necessary in ordinary
circumstances to be known.
In one important respect—that of the pictorial illustrations and
embellishments—it must be obvious, to the most cursory observation,
that a very great improvement has been effected.
W. & R. C.
NATURAL PHILOSOPHY—MATTER, MOTION, AND HEAT
LIGHT AND SOUND
MAGNETISM AND ELECTRICITY
CHEMISTRY APPLIED TO THE ARTS
SUPPLY OF WATER—DRAINAGE—BATHS
AGRICULTURE—CULTURE OF WASTE LAND—SPADE-HUSBANDRY
PRESERVATION OF HEALTH
PREPARATION OF FOOD—COOKERY
INDEX, TITLES, &C.
This is a two volume publication
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