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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
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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

First published in 1990 (LJ 9/1/90) and previously revised in 1994, this stout, single-volume general encyclopedia tips the scales at close to seven pounds. By comparison, the larger‘and superior‘Columbia Encyclopedia (LJ 9/15/93) weighs in at nearly 11 pounds. The Cambridge's new revised edition has the same structure as before, comprising about 26,000 concise A-Z entries plus a 128-page "Ready Reference" supplement that offers much information in tabular form. Approximately 600 illustrations enhance the text, including a 24-page color world atlas and 200 country flags, also in color, printed on the endpapers. The volume is admirably current, as the entries "English Channel," "Globe Theatre," and "Chechnya" attest. The editor and most of the contributors are academics from the United Kingdom; not surprisingly, the contents reflect a British emphasis, e.g., all five entries under "Butler" are Englishmen; among the missing are Americans Ben Butler (Civil War general) and Nicholas Murray Butler (educator). Recommended as an authoritative, up-to-date reference work, but the crème de la crème remains the Columbia.‘Ken Kister, author of "Best Encyclopedias," Tampa, Fla. (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