Happy Birthday, Encyclopædia Britannica!

CopyRalph enjoys a passion for collecting knowledge. A lifetime spent learning pays off in his writing.

Dec. 6, 1768 – The first edition of the Encyclopædia Britannica is publishedand I have it, all three volumes! (me with the 1st volume below)… well, okay, what I own is the 1968 facsimile edition (a copy of the 1st released on its 200th anniversary). Still rare and worth hundreds of dollars. … I am an avid  Encyclopædia Britannica collector and have quite a few sets in my office — everything from the first American edition in the 1870s (9th), several 11ths (considered the best), and various other sets. …. Happy Birthday, EB … you’ve meant a lot to me over the years.

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