New York: Encyclopaedia Britannica Company, 1910-1911. Eleventh Edition. Hardcover. This edition was developed during the encyclopedia's transition from a British to American publication, and was the last edition produced mostly in Britain, with articles by the best known scholars of the day. It was the first edition of Britannica to be issued with an Index volume, and the first to publish biographies of people still living. Articles were shortened, but their total number increased.
As a compendium of world knowledge published just before the outbreak of WWI, this edition had its champions and detractors: Sir Kenneth Clark was a fan; Virginia Woolf was not. Controversial entries include its characterization of the Ku Klux Klan as a protector of whites, and its support of eugenics under the entry for "Civilization".
India paper format, full of detailed illustrations, printed b&w photographic illustrations and color fold out maps.
8vo, green gilt cloth, "Handy Volume Issue" in gilt on spines. Slightly rubbed at spine ends, corners slightly bumped, bindings tight. Good + overall. Item #26134