Queries Jean Nicot's Thresor de la langue française (1606), Jean-François Féraud's Dictionaire critique de la langue française (1787-1788), Émile Littré's Dictionnaire de la langue française (1872-1877) and the Dictionnaire de L'Académie française 1st (1694), 4th (1762), 5th (1798), 6th (1835), and 8th (1932-5) editions.
The Grand dictionnaire universel by Pierre Larousse remains the most extensive biographical, bibliographical and analytical dictionaries on all topics related to the humanities. It is the only general reference work which gives extensive details of all kinds for all important figures. It is also the only general reference work to offer detailed and careful studies of literary, musical and artistic works. It includes pronunciation; etymologies; conjugation of irregular verbs; grammatical rules; innumerable word-definitions and familiar or proverbial phrases; history; geography; solutions to historical problems; biography of all outstanding men in past and present; mythology; physical sciences; mathematics and natural sciences; moral and political sciences; pseudo-sciences; inventions and discoveries; literary types and characters; heroes of epics and novels; political and social caricatures; general bibliography, the fine arts; and the analysis of works of art, and an anthology of French, foreign, Latin and mythological allusions.