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Family cyclopaedia

By PHILP, Robert Kemp

subjects: miscellanies,

  • 1. The family cyclopaedia / a complete treasury of useful information on all subjects bearing upon the common interests and daily wants of mankind / comprising a second series of I. Things not generally known II. Things that ought to be known III. Things worth knowing / with full instructions, drawings, and specifications for the construction of cottages, dwelling houses, and villas, the whole forming a dictionary of social and domestic economy / copiously illustrated, and carefully written under supervision of the editors of the "Family friend".

    18.5 x 12.0 cm   Pp [i-iii] iv [v] vi-xii [1] 2-350   frontis, engr title-page
    GB:   *Priv coll  

    Binding: green cloth, gilt, with cornucopia design on the cover.
    The frontispiece shows a large family of children gathered round their father, who is instructing them with the aid of rod, compass and book.
    From an inscription in the copy I saw, the book cannot have appeared later than 1865. From evidence in the text, the date of publication must have been later than 1858. I would incline to an earlier date of 1859 or 1860 because of Philp's other known connection with Ward and Lock, the publication of "The practical housewife' in 1855.
    The contents are miscellaneous and haphazardly arranged. A defensive paragraph in the preface answers the charge that the work is not an encyclopaedia, maintaining that "a glance at the Alphabetical Index will give assurance that we really present a "condensed cyclopaedia", an Epitome...'