Although a bit suburban, the writing in the older editions of Encyclopaedia Britannica's is fantastic. I'm not sure of the year the wheels fell off (mine is a 1953 set), but if you can find an old set they are wonderful. They sell for pennies and are priceless... like old negatives.
We call my farmer friend's battered dictionary, "Cooper's Google".
I bought a new camera. It's so advanced you don't even need it. - Steven Wright