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By Johann Heinrich Alsted, published 1630. From Wikipedia:

Alsted has been called ‘one of the most important encyclopedists of all time’. He was a prolific writer, and his Encyclopaedia (1630) long had a high reputation. It was noticed that sedulitas, meaning “hard work” in Latin, was an anagram of Alstedius. It was preceded by shorter works, including the 1608 Encyclopaedia cursus philosophici. His major encyclopedia of 1630, the Encyclopaedia, Septem Tomis Distincta, was divided into 35 books, and had 48 synoptical tables as well as an index.

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Terry Foreman  •  Link

The Encyclopaedia Cursus Philosophici is an encyclopedia of Johann Heinrich Alsted (1588–1638). Johann Heinrich Alsted published the Encyclopaedia in seven volumes in 1620 in Herborn. It is often argued that this is the first work to bear the title "encyclopedia", though Joachim Sterck van Ringelbergh's Lucubrationes vel potius absolutissima kyklopaideia was published in 1538, and Paul Scalich published Encyclopediae seu orbis disciplinarum tam sacrarum quam profanarum epistemon in 1559.
Alsted was attempting with his Encyclopaedia to emulate the combination system of Ramon Llull as set out in Llull's 1308 Ars Magna, and thus to formulate a system of universal knowledge and a Llullian method for systematising the sciences. The scheme includes categorisations such as:
generic - specific;
peripheral - central;
internal - external;
communal - individual;
quantum ad locum - ad conditionem ad aetatem;
preparatorius - elaboratorius.
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Chart showing the number of references in each month of the diary’s entries.

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