The Home Encyclopedia of Necessary Information 1902 Clarkson & Cooper

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Discover a treasure trove of knowledge with "The Home Encyclopedia of Necessary Information," published in 1902 by Clarkson & Cooper. This red hardcover book is not just any reference guide; it's a comprehensive collection of indispensable knowledge from over a century ago.

Encompassing five books in one, this very large antique reference book is adorned with a striking front cover, featuring a black and white oval lithograph encircled by green and gold embossed flowers, set against green decorative endpapers. While its gold-stamped title has faded over time, its charm and historical value have not. Inside, you'll find it richly illustrated with antique photos and drawings, offering a glimpse into a bygone era.


  • Title: The Home Encyclopedia of Necessary Information
  • Publication Date: 1902
  • Publisher: Clarkson & Cooper
  • Format: Red Hardcover with embossed gold and green design
  • Dimensions: 7 1/2" x 9 3/4" x 2 3/8"
  • Bonus: Found with a photo between the pages,left for your enjoyment
  • Condition: Shows signs of age such as faded cover design, tanned pages, wear to the spine, reinforced hinges

Four Key Elements:  

  1. This encyclopedia is divided into five main sections: General Information (including a Dictionary Of Common Things), History, Business, Cooking And Housekeeping (featuring a cookbook), and Health And Medicine. It serves as an invaluable resource for those seeking wisdom from a time when access to professional advice and information was scarce.
  2. Peering into "The Home Encyclopedia of Necessary Information" is like stepping back in time. It offers a fascinating look at the practical knowledge and everyday wisdom that guided our ancestors through daily life without modern conveniences.
  3.  Despite signs of wear, the book's red hardcover and decorative embossing retain an aesthetic allure that captivates the eye. Its green decorative endpapers and detailed illustrations add a touch of elegance and charm to this vintage piece.
  4. A must-have for collectors, historians, and anyone fascinated by the past, this encyclopedia enriches any vintage book collection. It nurtures a communal love for exploration and knowledge, connecting readers with the wisdom of an era long gone.

Dive into the pages of history and rediscover the essential knowledge of 1902. This encyclopedia invites readers on a journey of learning and discovery, promising a unique insight into the lives and challenges of those from a different time.

Wrapping Up:

"The Home Encyclopedia of Necessary Information" from 1902 is more than a book; it's a portal to the past, offering a comprehensive look at essential knowledge from a century ago. Its historical significance and charm make it an invaluable addition to any collection, appealing to those who cherish the wisdom of yesteryear.


This vintage book has been previously owned and loved, showing signs of age and use. Please use the pictures as a guide. If you have any questions or need more photos, ask.

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