Came across these interesting reference books while actually looking for books for the workplace.
Encyclopedia of Appalachia by Rudy Abramson
Encyclopedia of the Arctic by Mark Nuttall
The Encyclopedia of Chicago by James R. Grossman, Ann Durkin Keating, and Janice L. Reiff
Encyclopedia of Kitchen History by Mary Ellen Snodgrass
The Encyclopedia of New England by Donald Hall
Execution : The Guillotine, the Pendulum, the Thousand Cuts, the Spanish Donkey, and 66 Other Ways of Putting Someone to Death by Geoffrey Abbot
Random House Webster's Word Menu by Stephen Glazier
Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopedia by Danzig Baldaev, Sergey Vasiliev, and Anne Applebaum
The Timetables of History : A Horizontal Linkage of People and Events by Bernard Grun
Encyclopedia of Water by David Newton
Timetables of Women's History by Karen Greenspan
If I had to pick two that I wanted to own they would probably be The Encyclopedia of New England and Word Menu. I understand Word Menu, which is all about nouns, has 3 pages on names for underwear. What fun!!!
"Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information on it". Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784), quoted in Boswell's Life of Johnson