The impress of social history was struck in the works sent forth from rural cabinet makers and country forges -- in the chests and chairs, coins and mugs, and plates, prints and paintings reproduced and described here. Fifty specialists have contributed to this comprehensive work. The major and minor works of artisans in varied fields are covered by contributors whose roles as members of museum staffs, libraries and historical societies, as well as authorities in their fields guarantee the material. In plan the Encyclopedia in a companion work to the Encyclopedia of which 3 volumes have appeared. None of the material on furniture, silver, glass and prints is duplicated here. The editor is the American Editor of The many of the photographs- and much of the cooperation of the staff of Antiques have gone into its making. There is, almost inevitably, unevenness of quality and readability: the sections on silver, on japanned tinware, on marine prints and many others are exceptionally good. And much of the basic data is inaccessible without reference to museum sources. None of the 160 pages of photographs are in color, which might make the price justifiable. As it is, it seems high. This will however prove a reliable and useful reference tool both for professional dealers and amateur collectors.