The most visually appealing of all eight volumes of the Oxford Illustrated Encyclopedia, this extensively illustrated volume offers a wealth of color photographs and drawings to match the exceptional breadth of its subject. With over 3,000 entries, it covers art, architecture, dance, decorative art, music, musical instruments, theatre, and literature from pre-history to the present. Including art from every continent, familiar and unfamiliar masterpieces, and descriptions of the world's greatest literary, artistic, and musical figures--ranging from Aeschylus to Louis Armstrong and Fred Astaire to Diane Arbus--this extensive reference is an indispensable introduction to the engaging world of the arts.
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This arts encyclopedia is one of a series of eight volumes to be published by Oxford. In its entirety its publisher hopes the series will comprise a "complete encyclopedia of human knowledge and achievement." This is a lofty goal that will be difficult to achieve in only eight volumes. This volume encompasses the visual arts, music, theater, film, dance, photography, and literature. While it is beautifully produced with many color illustrations and a fine print quality, the question remains whether such a purchase is necessary for most libraries. For those libraries already owning standard reference tools such as the Encyclopedia of World Art (McGraw Hill, 1960) and the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians ( LJ 12/15/80), this work would be superfluous, as it does not contain enough new information. It is more suitable for small collections needing a wide spectrum of information at a reasonable price.
- Mary Molinaro, Univ. of Kentucky, Lexington
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Book Description Oxford University Press, 1990. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110198691378
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