The great reference books: Haydn’s Dictionary of Dates

Here is the entry for “oak” from Haydn’s Dictionary of Dates, 1873 edition.

There is something marvellous about the Victorian determination to capture everything known in lists, even to the point of providing a chronology for the oak tree.


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1 Comment

  1. John Dove

    Michael Upshall was the first to tell me about Haydn’s Dictionary of Dates. I soon found one in a used bookstore. Mine is “Haydn’s Dictionary of Dates from the Beginning of Time until August 1, 1881”. I’d love to see someone put this up online simply as a demonstraction of what can be done electronically with such a classic reference work.

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