Review by Library Journal Review
The 2003 UXL first edition of this work discussed 430 "items of human decoration and adornment." This second edition includes a sixth volume, increasing coverage to more than 500 articles of clothing, jewelry, etc. Each volume covers a specific era of human history, such as ancient cultures, Renaissance to modern era, and so forth. Volumes 1 and 2 are arranged by geographical regions, while volumes 3 through 6 shift to a chronological format. All entries offer a short "Overview" essay; four main headings for "Clothing," "Headwear," "Body Decorations," and "Footwear"; a variable number of articles that discuss specific items, such as the Indian sari and the Greek tunic; and a further-reading list. Strong points of this set include numerous full-color illustrations, shaded sidebar articles highlighting tangential material (e.g., "Inventions That Changed the World of Fashion"), and each volume's four access points: a table of contents, alphabetical and topical lists of entries, and an index. A reader's guide describes the contents and organization of the set. -VERDICT UXL has traditionally published reference sets for young people, and although the subject headings do not specifically classify this set as juvenile literature, the writing style and content clearly indicate that it would be most appropriate for upper elementary and junior high school students, who will find it very useful for reports. Senior high school and college students, along with educated adults, would be better served by Jill Condra's more scholarly The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Clothing Through World History.-Michael Bemis, St. Paul (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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