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The Cambridge encyclopedia
Publication Information:
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1990.
Physical Description:
ix, 1334 pages, 128 pages, 16 unnumbered pages, of color plates : illustrations, maps ; 27 cm
Format :


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AG5 .C26 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize Non-Circ

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Unrivaled for academic authority and comprehensiveness, this handy single-volume encyclopedia for home or office is thoroughly revised and updated with nearly 20,000 more words than previous editions. It features over 26,000 A-Z entries, over 85,000 cross-references, 250 maps (24 in color) and 330 illustrations. An invaluable reference tool brimming with timely information. 26 color plates. 330 line diagrams. 251 maps. Copyright © Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.

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Library Journal Review

This new entry into the desktop encyclopedia field represents a collaborative effort between Cambridge University Press and W. & R. Chambers, publishers of the Chambers Biographical Dictionary and Chambers World Gazetteer. It is the first comprehensive, alphabetically arranged one-volume encyclopedia to be published since the fourth edition of the New Columbia Encyclopedia in 1975. With 25,000 entries, it is about 50 percent smaller than the New Columbia and its entries are much shorter, averaging about 125 words without bibliographies. Entries include 15,000 topical, 5500 biographical, and 4000 gazetteer. They are crisply written with 75,000 cross references and more than 800 illustrations and maps, some in color. The maps are often superior in detail to those in the New Columbia . English spellings predominate, although U.S. equivalents are usually given. The computer revolution and contemporary international issues are well covered. Statistical data is reasonably current, although extensive use of the 1980 United States census gives some entries an aged appearance. While entries are generally well chosen, there are some surprising omissions; for example, there is no entry for Charles III of Spain or for any Canadian political parties. Unlike the New Columbia, the Cam bridge adds a lengthy ready-reference section (128p.) with 7000 additional entries including helpful charts on space, distances, measurement, rulers, and sports. Overall this is an authoritative, thoroughly modern, attractively printed compendium, bargain priced, which will make a timely addition to any library's shelf, and a useful home companion as well.-- Brian E. Coutts, Western Ken tucky Univ. Libs., Bowling Green (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

The review for these titles will appear for the present only in the printed version of CHOICE. -J. E. Sheets, Baylor University

Table of Contents

How to use The Cambridge Encyclopedia
Atlas section
A-Z section
Ready Reference section
Consultants and contributors