Compton's Pictured Encyclopedia and Fact Index, s/15, F. E. Compton and Company, 1944


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Compton's Pictured Encyclopedia and Fact Index, s/15, F. E. Compton and Company, 1944

Interesting. Accurate. Up-to-date. To inspire ambition, to stimulate the imagination, to provide the inquiring mind with accurate information...

Black cloth cover with raised design and green title blocks on the spine. Some fading of title block. One volume has a spot on cover. Inside clean and bright. Black and white photographs and illustrations. Some color inside.

16" w x 10" h x 7-3/4" d

The set was originally published in 1922 in 8 volumes as Compton's Pictured Encyclopedia by F.E. Compton and Company of Chicago. It was titled "Pictured" because no other encyclopedia at the time had as large or as diverse a collection of illustrations.[2] The encyclopedia was expanded to 10 volumes in 1924 and 15 in 1932. In 1940 the title was expanded to Compton's Pictured Encyclopedia and Fact Index to emphasize its "Fact-Index" feature which combined a general index with dictionary type entries and tables. The general editor from 1922 to 1961 was Guy Stanton Ford. He was succeeded by Charles Alfred Ford, and then Donald Lawson in 1964. In the early 1960s F.E. Compton Co. was purchased by Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc.[3] In 1968 the title was changed to simply Compton's Encyclopedia and expanded to 24 volumes. It expanded to 26 volumes in 1974.[4]

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