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Complete Brockhaus-Efron encyclopedia with 86 volumes

Brockhaus & Efron ( Russian Энциклопедический словарь Брокгауза и Ефрона Enziklopeditscheski slowar Brokgausa i Jefrona ), abbr. ESBJe ( Russian ЭСБЕ , Wiss. Transliteration Esbe ) was a sister company of the German publisher F. A. Brockhaus , the Russian Encyclopaedia Enziklopeditscheski slowar issued.

The Enziklopeditscheski slowar was written between 1890 and 1907 and was a collaboration between the publishers Friedrich Arnold Brockhaus from Leipzig and Ilja Jefron ( English Ilya Efron ) from Saint Petersburg . The small edition comprised 41 volumes and 2 supplements and the large edition 82 volumes and 4 supplements with 121,240 articles, 7,800 illustrations and 235 maps.

A three-volume dictionary ( Russian МЭСБЕ MESBJe ) was published between 1899 and 1902, the second edition (1907–1909) of which appeared in four volumes.

Between 1911 and 1916, 29 (up to Отто) of the planned 48 volumes of an extensive dictionary ( Russian: Новый энциклопедический словарь Nowy enziklopeditscheski slowar ) were published. The incomplete and unpublished volumes 30 and 31 are in the Russian National Library .

Well-known Russian scholars such as Dmitri Mendeleev , Vladimir Solovyov , Semyon Wengerov (1855–1920), Nikolai Knipowitsch and Andrei Beketow (1825–1920) contributed to the drafting of the conversation lexicon and the dictionaries . The Enziklopeditscheski slowar was conceived as a state encyclopedia of the Russian Empire and the Russian counterpart to the Brockhaus Encyclopedia and the Encyclopædia Britannica .

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