A Year in Books/Day 53: The Illustrated History of the 19th Century

  • Title: The Illustrated History of the 19th Century Month by Month Year by Year
  • Year Published: 2000 (Hackberry Press)
  • Year Purchased: 2002/2003
  • Source: Unknown
  • About: This is a thick encyclopedia devoted to the century that gave us Victoria and Dickens, Edison and Bernhardt, Lincoln and Eliot. It maintains a nice balance between text and illustrations.
  • Motivation: I love history, reference books and arcane data.
  • Times Read: Cover-to-cover:2/As reference tool: countless
  • Random Excerpt/Page 118: “A food scare is caused by an English chemistry professor, Frederick Accum, who publishes ‘Adulteration of Foods and Culinary Poisons’, showing that food on sale in Britain is usually adulterated, some with poisons, and has to flee to Berlin to avoid prosecution.”
  • Happiness Scale: 8 1/2
    Sarah Bernhardt, 1877

    Image via Wikipedia


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