Funk & Wagnalls New Encyclopedia, s/30 1990, Book, Reference, Library, Vintage 30 Volume Encyclopedia Set


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Vintage 30 Volume Encyclopedia Set, Funk & Wagnalls New Encyclopedia, 1990, Book, Reference, Library

This handsome set of encyclopedias are in excellent condition. Look never read. Cloth cover in maroon, beige, and lots of gold. Packed with illustrations in black and white and full color. Full color maps. Inside has no writing, clean and bright. See pictures for more evidence of condition.

28 volumes, plus 2 volume dictionary


Isaac Kaufmann Funk founded the business in 1875 as I.K. Funk & Company. In 1877, Adam Willis Wagnalls, one of Funk's classmates at Wittenberg College (now Wittenberg University), joined the firm as a partner and the name of the firm was changed to Funk & Wagnalls Company. During its early years, Funk & Wagnalls Company published religious books. The publication of The Literary Digest in 1890 marked a shift to publishing of general reference dictionaries and encyclopedias. The firm published The Standard Dictionary of the English Language (OCLC 19715240) in 1894 and Funk & Wagnalls Standard Encyclopedia in 1912. In 1913, the New Standard Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language was published under the supervision of Isaac K. Funk (Editor -in-Chief). The New Standard Unabridged Dictionary was revised up to 1943, a later edition that was also supervised by Charles Earl Funk. The encyclopedia was based upon Chambers's Encyclopaedia: "Especially are we indebted to the famous Chambers's Encyclopaedia.With its publishers we have arranged to draw upon its stores as freely as we have found it of advantage so to do."

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Funk & Wagnalls New Encyclopedia is one of the most widely used and well-regarded reference works in the English language. The publication of the 1993 Library Edition makes this authoritative, multi-volume encyclopedia available in a high-quality, durable library binding that will stand up to daily use by students and general readers. Contributors and consultants are among the top experts in their fields. More than 25,000 articles, 9,300 illustrations (4,200 in full color), and 317 Hammond Maps (257 in full color) make Funk and Wagnalls New Encyclopedia a truly comprehensive reference, updated and enlarged for 1993.

"It was in 1912 that the Funk & Wagnalls Standard Encyclopedia was first published. The objectives of the encyclopedia were clearly stated from the very beginning: to publish a useful, accessible set - intelligible to both students and adults - one that would encompass the broadest range of knowledge, and that all families could afford. Needless to say, that first edition was an immediate success. Now, decades later, with a new name and many times revised and expanded to accommodate the growth of information, Funk & Wagnalls New Encyclopedia still holds fast to those same objectives...

"A wonderful improvement on the first edition are the colorful and practical illustrations and graphics that support so many of the topics in Funk & Wagnalls New Encyclopedia. The highly detailed maps, intriguing photographs, and specially commissioned charts and graphs - most in brilliant color - highlight key points of information throughout the 25,000 articles in the set, and energize the unique frontmatter in Volume 1.

"This edition of Funk & Wagnalls New Encyclopedia is an example of encyclopedia publishing at its finest, and will add distinction to the homes, schools and libraries of the United States and Canada."


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