An Encyclopedia, 2d ed.


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About the Book

This second edition of the 1990 Library Journal “Best Reference” book, four years in the compiling and writing, is an exhaustive A–Z direct-entry encyclopedia of Antarctica. It doubles the first edition’s entries to 30,000, covering geographical features, historical events, explorers, expeditions, airplanes, ships, scientists, scientific stations, tour operators, scientific terms, birds, animals, insects, flora, items of general interest and much more. “Antarctica” is defined as all land and water south of 60°S.
Information for geographical features is drawn primarily from national gazetteers, both current and old, and is not limited to English–language sources. Extensive cross-referencing simplifies the continent’s often bewildering nomenclature—geographical features’ names, for example, may vary widely from one national gazetteer to the next, and are further complicated by having been named and renamed multiple times, and in many languages, through the years. All linguistic variations of placenames are included and cross-referenced.

About the Author(s)

John Stewart is the author of non-fiction books on a variety of topics including African states and rulers, Antarctica, the British Empire, Moons of the solar system, Italian movies, Broadway musicals, the British circus, Lord Byron, Jefferson Davis, and Confederate spies. Winner of numerous reference book awards, he lives in West Jefferson, North Carolina.

Bibliographic Details

John Stewart
Format: hardcover (8.5 x 11 in 2 vols.)
Pages: 1771
Bibliographic Info: bibliography
Copyright Date: 2011
pISBN: 978-0-7864-3590-6
eISBN: 978-0-7864-8917-6
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Volume 1
Acknowledgments      vi
Preface      vii
A Note on Alphabetization      viii

The Encyclopedia
A–K      1

Volume 2
The Encyclopedia

L–Z      889

Bibliography      1749

Book Reviews & Awards

First Edition Award: A Library Journal Best Reference
“still the most comprehensive subject resource…this set’s breadth and detail is unsurpassed”—Library Journal; “this well-regarded encyclopedia continues to be a remarkable resource…highly recommended”—Choice; “recommend[ed]”—ARBA; “John Stewart has produced a serious and scholarly work from numerous sources for which he deserves a great deal of credit”—Against the Grain; “valuable for the enormous amount of information…much of it to be found nowhere else…that it collects in easily accessible form”—The Polar Times; “I look forward to using this book for many years to come”—Antarctic; “the second edition doubles the first edition’s entries to some 30,000”—Reference & Research Book News; “the book to add to one’s collection. No one has previously written anything about Antarctica that comes close to the scholarship and presentation in these two volumes”—Old Antarctic Explorers Association Gazette; Reviews of the first edition: “the first encyclopedia on Antarctica…comprehensive, handsomely produced, and…valuable”—Library Journal; “a wealth of useful information…good reading for anyone…. Highly recommended”—Choice; “detailed and comprehensive…even modest collections will benefit from this thorough work. The foreword is by famed explorer Sir Edmund Hillary”—College & Research Library News; “objective, factual information”—Wilson Library Bulletin; “absorbing”—New York Times.