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Merriam-Webster''s Collegiate Encyclopedia - the ultimate desk reference'


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ISBN 10: 0877790175 / ISBN 13: 9780877790174
Published by Merriam-Webster, Springfield MA, 1999
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The authority and accuracy of Encyclopedia Britannica in a single volume. 25,000 entries. Brand new unopened. 7-1/2 x 10. New, still in unopened shrinkwrap. Hardcover in black cloth boards; in color illus jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 31209

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Title: Merriam-Webster''s Collegiate Encyclopedia -...

Publisher: Merriam-Webster, Springfield MA

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: 1st edition..

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The ultimate desk reference and perfect companion to the best-selling dictionary, Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, Eleventh Edition!

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Encyclopedia was created in cooperation with Encyclopaedia Britannica and dozens of academic consultants, ensuring the highest level of accuracy, reliability, and comprehensiveness.

A rich source of answers to questions about the full range of human knowledge, with more than 25,000 alphabetical entries, covering the arts, business, computers, geography, history, literature, medicine, philosophy, politics and popular culture.

Contains over 1500 black and white illustrations, maps and diagrams that add interest and detail, with more than 10,000 pronunciations and 70,000 cross references to enrich understanding.

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Encyclopedia delivers the information you need to succeed with comprehensive coverage of key topics in a single volume.


There are times when a dictionary definition simply does not suffice, but one hasn't the time, inclination, or industry to work one's way through an extensive encyclopedia entry. Enter the desk reference. Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Encyclopedia is no larger than your average collegiate dictionary, yet it packs enough punch to make one feel, if not fluent in a subject, then certainly conversant. Gone are the days of dry, just-the-facts-ma'am desk encyclopedias. This one, created in cooperation with Encyclopaedia Britannica and with the assistance of 25 academic consultants, has personality. The entry for Fassbinder, for example, goes beyond merely listing his nationality, dates, and films. "Defiantly homosexual and provocative," it tells us, "he led an outrageous life and died from a drug overdose at 36." The nighthawk is so exceptionally described that one can almost hear its "sharp nasal call" and the whirring sound it makes when it dives during courtship. The 25,000 entries are illustrated by more than 1,650 photographs, drawings, maps, and diagrams. And, at nearly 1,800 pages, this volume is surprisingly not unwieldy; a spectacular addition to anyone's reference arsenal. --Jane Steinberg

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