Louis Moreri. Le Grand Dictionnaire Historique. 1740.


From 1674 to 1750, this important predecessor to modern encyclopedias went through twenty editions, before it finally succumbed to the Encyclopedie ou distionnaire des sciences, des arts et des metiers. Moreri designed his encyclopedic work partly as a defense of the worldview of the Roman Catholic Church, and that editorial approach prompted competition from a rival encyclopedia, Pierre Bayle's Dictionnaire Historique et Critique, also in this exhibit. Moreri's work is noteworthy for its emphasis on historical and biographical entries, neglected by Bayle as well as by other competitors such as Ephraim Chamber's Cyclopedia.[PMM]

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