Sunday, September 9, 2007

A Visual Dictionary

Merriam-Webster's Visual Dictionary is a noteworthy new reference book at the Art, Music and Recreation Center desk. It is a wide-ranging work that displays and demonstrates the components of all kinds of objects, familiar and unfamiliar.

In the area of costume and clothing this dictionary labels and defines the parts of a shoe, differentiates between various kinds of men’s coats and jackets, and even enumerates the varieties of pockets that may appear on a women’s blouses.

Another section illustrates the architectural styles of the ancient Greeks, enumerates the components of the interior and fa├žade of a cathedral, and gives examples of various kinds of roofs.

Other images include diagrams of a SLR (single-lens reflex) camera, a reflex camera, and a digital reflex camera.

This books also includes several pages illustrating musical instruments from around the world.

Almost 150 pages of this 952 page book are devoted to sports and games. It names all of the components of the uniforms for various sorts of sports and recreational activities, illustrates a number of different kinds of playing fields, and even explains the roulette table.

While this is an excellent all-in-one source, patrons with more in-depth visual information should consult more specialized picture dictionaries like the following:

A Visual Dictionary of Architecture by Francis D. K. Ching

Handtools of Arts and Crafts: The Encyclopedia of the Fine, Decorative, and Applied Arts by The Diagram Group

Musical Instruments of the World: An Illustrated Encyclopedia by The Diagram Group

Rules Of The Game: The Complete Illustrated Encyclopedia Of All Sports Of The World by The Diagram Group

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