New American Cyclopedia
The New American Cyclopaedia was an encyclopedia created and published by D. Appleton & Company of New York in 16 volumes, which initially appeared between 1858 and 1863. Its primary editors were George Ripley and Charles Anderson Dana.
The New American Cyclopaedia was a general encyclopedia with a special focus on subjects related to the United States. As it was created over the years spanning the American Civil War, the focus and tone of articles could change drastically; for example, Jefferson Davis, the future president of the Confederate States of America, was treated at length as a United States Army soldier and US government politician.
As was traditional, the entire set was re-issued with the publication in 1863 of the 16th volume. The whole Cyclopaedia was again re-issued in 1864.
A notable contributor was Karl Marx, then a European correspondent for the New York Tribune, who, under the suggestion of the editors, submitted articles on military affairs (for which he may have collaborated with Friedrich Engels). He also wrote a highly unsympathetic biographical article on Simon Bolivar.
An associated yearbook, Appletons' Annual cyclopaedia and register of important events of the year, was published from 1861 to 1875 and on to 1901.
- "The American Cyclopaedia 1873". Miller's Paradise Islands (private website). Archived from the original on September 3, 2012. Retrieved August 18, 2010. Includes photograph of title page.
- Burnham, Charles. "The New American Cyclopedia, 1857-1866: A Time Capsule of the 19th century". AE Database. Americana Exchange. Archived from the original on September 3, 2012. Retrieved September 3, 2012.
- Lindley, Mark (August 18, 2010). "Marx and Engels on Music". MRZine. Monthly Review. Archived from the original on September 3, 2012. Retrieved August 18, 2010.
- Marx, Karl (January 1858). "Bolivar y Ponte". marxists.org. Retrieved August 18, 2010. First published in the New American Cyclopaedia, Vol. 3, 1858.
- Appletons' annual cyclopaedia and register of important events of the year: 1862. New York: D. Appleton & Company. 1863. p. i.
- Links to digitized volumes of the American Cyclopaedia
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- George Ripley; Charles A. Dana, eds. (1879). The American Cyclopaedia (2nd ed.). New York: D. Appleton and Company.
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Burnham, Charles. "The New American Cyclopedia, 1857-1866: A Time Capsule of the 19th century". AE Database. Americana Exchange. Archived from the original on September 3, 2012. Retrieved September 3, 2012.