Meyers Konversation: Lexikon published in Leipzig and Wien by Bibliographisches Institut
Meyers Konversations-Lexikon was a major German encyclopedia that existed in various editions from 1839 until 1984,
when it merged with the Brockhaus encyclopedia.
Joseph Meyer (1796-1856), who had founded the publishing house Bibliographisches Institut in 1826,
intended to issue a universal encyclopaedia meant for a broad public: people having a general knowledge as well as businessmen, technicians and scholars,
considering contemporary works like those of Pierer and Brockhaus to be superficial or obsolete.