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Among the precursors of Chambers's ''Cyclopaedia'' was [[John Harris (writer)|John Harris]]'s ''[[Lexicon Technicum]]'', of 1704 (later editions from 1708 through 1744). By its title and content, it was "An Universal English Dictionary of Arts and Sciences: Explaining not only the Terms of Art, but the Arts Themselves." While Harris's work is often classified as a technical dictionary, it also took material from [[Isaac Newton|Newton]] and [[Edmond Halley|Halley]], among others.
Chambers's ''Cyclopaedia'' in turn became the inspiration for the landmark ''[[Encyclopédie]]'' of [[Denis Diderot]] and [[Jean le Rond d'Alembert]], which owed its inception to a proposed French translation of Chambers' work begun in 1744 by [[John Mills (encyclopedist)|John Mills]],<ref>{{EB1911|wstitle=Chambers, Ephraim|inline=1}}</ref> assisted by [[Gottfried Sellius]] The later [[Chambers's Encyclopaedia]] (1860–68) had no connection to Ephraim Chambers’s work, but was the product of [[Robert Chambers (publisher, born 1802)|Robert Chambers]] and his brother William.