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Famous Encyclopedia Books and Novels

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List of famous encyclopedia books, listed alphabetically with jacket cover images of the books when available. Information for these popular encyclopedia books is included as well, such as the author's name and the book's publication date. This list includes the best encyclopedia novels, textbooks, and stories, so use it to find books you haven't already read and add them to your reading list.

This list contains books like The Penguin Guide to Blues Recordings and The Penguin Guide to Jazz.

This list should answer the questions, "What are the best encyclopedia books?" and "What are the most famous encyclopedia books?"

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    First Published2007-04-02

    Genres (Book)Encyclopedia

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    The Oxford Encyclopedia of Maritime History, John B. Hattendorf, editor in chief, was published by Oxford University Press in 2007. The work was issued in four volumes in print and online in the...  more
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    All Music Guide to Jazz is a non-fiction book that is an encyclopedic referencing of jazz music compiled under the direction of All Media Guide. The first edition, All Music Guide to Jazz: the Best...  more
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    All Music Guide to the Blues: The Definitive Guide to the Blues is a non-fiction, encyclopedic referencing of blues music compiled under the direction of All Media Guide....  more
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    Sirajul Islam

    First Published2003-01

    Genres (Book)Encyclopedia

    Original LanguageBengali Language, English Language

    Banglapedia, or the National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh, is the first Bangladeshi encyclopedia. It is available in print, CD-ROM format and online, in both Bengali and English. The print version...  more
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    The British Encyclopaedia, or Dictionary of Arts and Sciences; Comprising an accurate and popular view of the present improved state of human knowledge was published in 1809 in six octavo volumes and...  more
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    The Burmese Encyclopedia is an encyclopedia published by the Burma Translation Society under the direction of former Burmese Prime Minister U Nu. The project began in 1947, and the first volume was...  more
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    Chambers's Encyclopaedia was founded in 1859 by W. & R. Chambers of Edinburgh and became one of the most important English language encyclopaedias of the 19th and 20th centuries, developing a...  more
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    Collier's Encyclopedia was a United States-based general encyclopedia published by Crowell, Collier and Macmillan. Self-described in its preface as "a scholarly, systematic, continuously revised...  more
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    The Columbia Encyclopedia is a one-volume encyclopedia produced by Columbia University Press and in the last edition, sold by the Gale Group. First published in 1935, and continuing its relationship...  more
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    The Complete Guide to Prehistoric Life is an encyclopedia featuring 111 of the prehistoric animals from the Walking with... series, as well as an additional one. It was published in 2006 by Firefly...  more
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    Dictionary of New Zealand Biography

    W. H. Oliver, Claudia Orange

    Genres (Book)Encyclopedia

    Original LanguageMāori language, English Language

    The Dictionary of New Zealand Biography is an encyclopedia or biographical dictionary containing biographies of over 3,000 deceased New Zealanders. It was first published as a series of print volumes...  more
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    The Encyclopaedia Judaica is a 26-volume English-language encyclopedia of the Jewish people and of Judaism. It covers diverse areas of the Jewish world and civilization, including Jewish history of...  more
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    The Encyclopædia Metropolitana was an encyclopedic work published in London, from 1817 to 1845, by part publication. In all it came to quarto, 30 vols., having been issued in 59 parts....  more
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    The Encyclopaedia of Persian Language and Literature is a Persian language encyclopaedia, published in Tehran....  more
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    Encyclopaedia Sinica

    Samuel Couling

    First Published1917

    Genres (Book)Encyclopedia

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    The Encyclopaedia Sinica is a 1917 English-language encyclopedia on China and China-related subjects edited by English missionary Samuel Couling. It covers a range of topics and provides insight on...  more
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    Encyclopedia Nipponica was published in 1984 from Shogakukan. The first edition of Encyclopedia Nipponica included 25 volumes and was completed in 1989. Encyclopedia Nipponica was intended to further...  more
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    The Encyclopedia of Public Health is a reference set of four volumes covering all aspects of public health for the lay reader. It covers infectious diseases and other topics related to public health,...  more
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    The Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential is published by the Union of International Associations under the direction of Anthony Judge. It is available as a three-volume book, as a...  more
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    The Encyclopédie méthodique par ordre des matières was published between 1782 and 1832 by the French publisher Charles Joseph Panckoucke, his son-in-law Henri Agasse, and the latter´s wife,...  more
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    The General Encyclopedia of the Yugoslav Lexicographical Institute is a general encyclopedia published in eight volumes by the Yugoslav Lexicographical Institute in Zagreb between 1977 and 1982. It...  more
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    The Great Soviet Encyclopedia is one of the largest and most comprehensive Russian-language encyclopedias in the world, issued by the Soviet state from 1926 to 1990, and again since 2002....  more
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    The Heibonsha World Encyclopedia is one of Japan's two major encyclopedias, the other being the Encyclopedia Nipponica. The World Encyclopedia is widely held to be the most complete and up-to-date...  more
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    The Hutchinson Encyclopedia is an English-language general encyclopedia. It is a single volume designed for use in the home, libraries and schools. It attempts to be readable by reducing the use of...  more
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    La Grande Encyclopédie, inventaire raisonné des sciences, des lettres, et des arts is a 31-volume encyclopedia published in France from 1886 to 1902 by H. Lamirault, and later by the Société anonyme...  more