About the book:
The Encyclopaedia has been divided into two distinct volumes. The first volume is devoted to what we have been accustomed to call the Useful Arts. This includes all the processes and products that have relation to our daily sustenance. The second volume on Fine Arts displays pictorial representations of Architecture, Sculpture and Painting-ancient and modern. The union of all art has essentially been kept in mind. These volumes are "a School of Design" of no inconsiderable value by this union of the useful and the ornamental. This encyclopaedia is the most complete Polytechnicon ever opened for public instruction and amusement. A glance at the list of contents will show how wide is the survey and how great the feast of intellecutal pleasure. Illustrated within as many as 4000 sketches, this monumental work will prove an invaluable asset to almost every area of human interest.