A partwork is a "written publication released as a series of planned magazine-like issues over a period of time. Issues are typically released on a weekly, fortnightly or monthly basis, and often a completed set is designed to form a reference work on a particular topic." (Wapedia).
Prominent partwork publishers have included:
(United Kingdom) BBC; Eaglemoss Publications; Fabbri and Partners Ltd.; IPC; Marshall Cavendish; Orbis; Purnell
(Italy) De Agostini; G E Fabbri; Del Prado
(Sweden) International Masters Publishers
(United States) Time-Life
(Australia) Bay Books
Well-known partwork series have included:
BBC: Classic Drama
Marshall Cavendish: Carrier's Kitchen; Great Artists; Great Composers; Great Writers; Man, Myth, Magic; Nice'N'Easy; Times Past.
G E Fabbri: Discovering Great Painters; Discovering Opera
Fabbri and Partners Ltd: The Great Musicians
International Masters Publishers: Masterpiece
IPC: International Encyclopedia of Stamps
Orbis: All About Science; Blues Collection; Complete Cook; History of Rock; Talking Classics
Purnell: History of the English Speaking World; History of the 20th Century
Bay Books: Two Hundred Years
Some sample partwork series in more detail:
Two Hundred Years. Bay Books (61 Anzac Parade, Kensington NSW 2033, Australia), c. 1988. 48 issues. Published weekly. An exploration of the 200 years of Australian history to 1988.
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