Few homes today have space for a full encyclopedia, many are reasonably satisfied with a good desk dictionary, and have felt that the excellent one-volume Columbia Encyclopedia was too bulky, too expensive- but wished for something in between. This is their answer. It is the answer too for many High School and college students, for professional desks, for offices where brief reference is enough, for vacation homes- and for graduation and wedding gifts. One third the size of the Columbia Encyclopedia, revised up to April, 1953, with inclusion of some new articles on recent events, this stands the test of some fifty random checkups, in various categories. The articles are skillfully abridged, in some cases rewritten, in some material is consolidated by combining entries. There are listings, tables, maps. The emphasis is, perhaps, American- as meeting the needs of the greater number of users, and contemporary facts and persons outweight historical, modern science given more space than ancient. Here is something for permanent stocking rather than quick sales.