Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc.

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Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc.

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Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc. is a Scottish company founded in the mid-18th century by Andrew Bell, an engraver, and Colin Macfarquhar, a printer. The first edition was published over a three year period, from 1768 to 1771. After the success of the first three volume set, the publishers released a ten volume set, between 1777 and 1784. In 1790, Thomas Dobson printed a pirated set of the encyclopaedia, introducing the text to the United States. The company moved to the U.S. in 1929. Today's Encyclopaedia Britannica is published in 32 volumes.


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