This day should make history -- if the trade realizes, and helps the public realize, what a ""scoop"" they have in this one volume encyclopedia. Of course, I here and now confess to a weakness for dictionaries, reference books and all that ilk -- but -- looking at this with an unprejudiced eye, in so far as possible, I still say it's ""good"". First aid to lagging memories -- to incomplete facts -- to short cuts to information on 52,000 subjects. A teaser that takes the curious mind on from subject to subject. Not for the specialist, in any one field -- but for general information for the layman on virtually every subject. -- Check your memory on every customer to whom you've tried to sell a many volumed encyclopedia, only to be met with two conclusive arguments:- no space, no funds. Here -- in one volume -- is the answer to the first argument; in its amazing price, the answer to the second. Small libraries, inadequately financed, will find this a godsend. Schools, club libraries,private reference shelves -- its an answer to prayer. Go out and sell it. It will swell your coffers, with some slight impetus from you. A few facts -- 5,000,000 words -- three inches shelf space -- 2,000 pages -- 9 pounds -- a science handbook -- a biographical dictionary -- a guide book -- a gazeteer -- a dictionary of literature and the arts -- and what more can you ask.