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it 1s tne purpose u1 Lins 411 1v-^ the United States and Canada, and of similar ones in all other English-speaking coun tries, to make public. The passing of the copyrights into the keeping of an ancient institution devoted to learning will give the Encyclopedia Brit annica, for the first time in its history, the by the University to De oI permanent value. The addition to its catalogue of the Encyclo padia Britannica (i th Ed-tion) is another step with the object of extending the influence of the University beyond academic, or local limits. The greatest work of reference, the repository of the widest research, the most useful book known to the Anglo-Saxon peoples, is now issued by an ancient institution of learning whose leadership in the world of science is unquestioned. Carlyle's famous saying that the true University is a collection of books would have been nearer the whole truth had he said that the true University is a collection of books issued by a University, for books bearing the imprimatur of a great institution of learning are, from the nature of the case, good books, books worthy of a long life; in a word, books that are indispensable to correct knowledge. The position of the Encyclopedia Brit annica among works of reference has for more than a century and a quarter been one of undisputed pre-eminence, its prestige being due primarily to the fact that more than any other work of the kind it has sought to em body in its contents the broadest scholarship and the expert knowledge of specialist in vestigators in all fields of knowledge. To be invited to contribute to the work was, as the IRITANNICA. 11th Edition.