From Library Journal
This revised edition of The Hutchinson Encyclopedia (1990. 9th ed.), a British publication, marks Webster's New World's entry into the select field of one-volume encyclopedias. Three more are projected, with College, Pocket, and Concise editions slated for release in 1993. Arrangement is alphabetical, with arrow symbols serving as somewhat distracting see-also references. The some 25,000 entries are written in plain, explicit prose accessible to a wide audience, with only a small number poorly defined or unclear. Information is current through 1991 in most instances. Emphasis here is on proper names of people, places, and events. It is weaker in covering general concepts and terminology. Nearly 2500 illustrations, mostly color, enliven the text and range in size from a few square inches to a full page. Maps are rudimentary and display an occasional tinting problem, such as Queensland in Australia appearing nearly the same shade of blue as the ocean. As with most comprehensive one-volume works, print is small. This encyclopedia's currency is its strongest aspect. While comparable to other one-volume encyclopedias, such as The Random House Encyclopedia (LJ 11/15/90) and the Cambridge Encyclopedia (LJ 11/1/90), this work's entries are more akin to definitions than articles, in marked contrast to those sources. In the field of one-volume encyclopedias, this is a fairly run-of-the-mill work, like the American Spectrum Encyclopedia (LJ 12/91). Libraries that need a one-volume source would do well to wait for the revised edition of the New Columbia Encyclopedia, scheduled for publication in 1993.- James Moffet, Baldwin P.L., Birmingham, Mich.
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