Although The Encyclopaedia Britannica has presented the last word on the knowledge of its time since its first edition in 1768, never before have the most compelling articles from its fifteen editions been collected in a single volume. The daunting task of selecting the best of these respected words of scholarship was completed under the direction of the late Clifton Fadiman, a member of the Editorial Board of The Encyclopaedia Britannica. The result is a book that can be read for sheer pleasure as well as for classic scholarship – a book of unsurpassed eloquence and erudition, eminently worthy of the exclusive, superb, leather binding designed for this Gryphon edition. The Treasury traces the growth of knowledge in art, science, technology, medicine, human endeavor, and other fields over the past two centuries, and presents the Encyclopaedia’s most brilliant contributors on their subjects of expertise. The essential and the quirky are all to be found in its more than 700 oversize pages. This edition includes selections by John F. Kennedy, Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud, Milton Friedman, W.E.B. DuBois, Leon Trotsky, Thomas Malthus, Lillian Gish, G.K. Chesterton, Marie Curie, Cecil B. DeMille, James Frazer, William Hazlitt, Arthur Koestler, T.E. Lawrence, Max Lerner, Thomas Babington Macaulay, H.L. Mencken, Robert Louis Stevenson, Bertrand Russell, Walter Scott, George Bernard Shaw, Orville Wright, Thomas Young, Arnold Toynbee, Charles Evans Hughes, Henry Ford, Ferdinand Foch, Jacques Barzun, Gene Tunney, E.B. White, Alfred North Whitehead, and others.