National Geographic : 1915 Apr
THENEW1914Re se d and Enlarged Edition of the Celebrated CENTURY YCYCLOPEDIA THE WHOLE ENGLISH VOCABULARY Words as well as the FACTS for which words stand, besides 55,000 Proper Names REVISED, CORRECTED and ENLARGED This New 1914 Edition, upon which $250,000 was expended, was necessitated by the Progress of Science, the Growth of Industry, the Study of Philology and by the Addition of Thousands of New Words from Foreign Languages-not only from Europe but from Asia and Africa. 20 Per Cent. New Matter Is The Publishers' Estimate For The Contents of This New Edition -' HE CENTURY DICTIONARY, first published in 1889-91, was Sthe first really complete dictionary of the whole English language Those Puzzling Questions that had ever been made, and was also the first exhaustive Those Hard Words dictionary of words that was also a cyclopedia of facts. It was then Those Strange Allusions acknowledged to be the only really adequate dictionary and cyclopedia Those Queer of our language-and it was America's greatest literary enterprise. Scientific Terms Dictionaries had previously been issued in one volume, because it Those Familiar was supposed that the public would pay only a few dollars for such a Quotations book; so to keep down the expense of production it had to be made in Those Difficult one volume. A dictionary built on such a plan was necessarily ab Proper Names breviated-it could not do full justice to the English language. THE Those Out-of-the Way CENTURY, however, was built without regard to expense, the object But Essential Facts being to define and explain in a series of volumes, all the words that have ever been used-to include everything-not only the common Anything and words of literature and the arts, with word histories, synonyms, etc., Everything but all technical, scientific, trade and slang terms, together with all You May Want to essential information, as well as illustrations, associated with these Know in a Hurry words and terms. This early edition of THE CENTURY defined and Can be found in explained in this unique manner more than 120,000 English words not in other works. But the world has moved since THE CENTURY first the New 1914 appeared. New sciences have been created; invention has been re REVISED AND markably fertile; investigation has made prodigious strides in all direc REVISD AND tions; explorationhas opened up new lands and old countries have come ENLARGED under modern influences. The language used by the English-speaking CENTURY peoples has grown in volume; the study of philology has given us new etymologies, new senses. New words have been invented by experts to The Great Word Book describe new ideas, new processes, new appliances, new theories. The The Great Fact Book older sciences have yielded a crop of new words, the arts have contrib The Book that uted thousands, while the many radical changes which have affected Answers Questions our practical every-day life within 20 years have also helped to swell the vocabulary. There have now been added to THE CENTURY more than Ioo,ooo new words, as the result of an intellectual activity not surpassed by any other age of equal length. A DICTIONARY OF WORDS-A CYCLOPEDIA OF FACTS But this is only half the story of the New 1914 CENTURY. Not merely as a dictionary of words is THE NEW CENTURY abreast of the age, but as a treasury of essential information as well. For unlike any other work, THE CENTURY is both a Word-Book and a Fact-Book-a lexicon of all the words in the language, as well as a condensed cyclopedia of universal knowledge. It contains more than 100,000 concise encyclopaedic articles. In this new edition of 1914 all of these articles have been revised and corrected in accordance with the most recent research and experience. THE CENTURY is therefore up-to-date in its definitions of all the words in the language, and also in its explana tions of the facts for which words stand. "Mention the Geographic-It identifies you."