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The Illustrated encyclopedia of New Zealand / editor-in-chief, Gordon McLauchlan.

Contributor(s): McLauchlan, Gordon, 1931- | McLauchlan, Gordon | MCLAUCHLAN, Gordon ed.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Auckland, N.Z. : David Bateman, 1989, c1986Description: 1448 pages, [2] pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps (some col.), portraits (some col.) ; 28 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 1869530071 (hbk.) :.Subject(s): New Zealand -- Dictionaries and encyclopaedias | New Zealand | New Zealand -- Genealogy | New Zealand -- Geography | New Zealand -- EncyclopaediasGenre/Form: Encyclopedias.DDC classification: 993.003
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"Originally published in 52 parts by Windsor Watt Ltd., Auckland"-- T.p. verso.

Includes index.

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This revision of the New Zealand Encyclopedia (CH, Oct'84) is, in effect, a brand new publication. It follows the format of The Concise Encyclopedia of Australia (CH, Jun'89) and is liberally illustrated, with many plates and maps in full color. The information contained is extensive and covers all fields--sport, politics, history, weather, literature, and so on. This updated version was first produced in a series of 52 parts, and some of the data in the earliest parts have not been revised before this volume was assembled. In general this does not matter, but sometimes the result can be confusing. For example, the article on elections reaches only the General Election of 1984 while the one on the Labour party refers to 1987 and 1989. In this case the period in question has been a crucial one for New Zealand. There are useful articles on librarians and libraries; disappointingly, however, there is no individual reference to G.T. Alley, whose pioneering work brought universal library service to New Zealand. (There is a reference to him under the entry for his brother Rewi Alley; this kind of add-on is typical.) Particularly useful are the extensive entries for literature, and for individual authors, alongside the expected ones for politicians and sporting figures. An essential purchase for all upper-division undergraduate and university libraries. -M. S. Martin, emeritus, Tufts University