The an initial edition of “The gold Book Encyclopedia” was released in a share venture between Simon & Schuster and Western Printing and also Lithographing company in 1946. The writer of the edition was Dorothy A. Bennett and the illustrator was Cornelius De Witt. It made a impression on me, if just for the riches of illustrations, especially the formulaic tromp l’oeil covers, special a painted collage of the components of each volume. Imagine doing for this reason many. I often fantasized that secret messages were strategically placed therein. Probably not, yet in my mind the encyclopedia covers were kinda-maybe the precedent of the Sgt. Pepper cover.

A 16-volume hardcover version was released from 1959 come 1969; this sets were written by Bertha Morris Parker, formerly of the Laboratory schools at the university of Chicago and also research associate at the Chicago Natural background Museum.


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The 1988 edition, title “The golden Book Encyclopedia” perform the author as “Golden Press,” and contains 4 extra volumes, making it a 20-volume set.

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