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The Times Atlas of the World: Comprehensive Edition (Times Atlases) [Hardcover]

Times Atlases
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15 Sep 2011 Times Atlases

The latest edition of the world's most prestigious and authoritative world atlas, containing up-to-date world maps and thematic information curated by experts in geography and cartography.

Now in its thirteenth edition, the Times Comprehensive Atlas of the World continues to be the benchmark of cartographic excellence. The atlas is relied on and trusted by governments, media companies and international organisations around the world including the UN and the European Commission.

Major updates include:
• 7,000 place name changes, most notably in the Russian Federation, China, Kazakhstan, Iran, and Afghanistan
• A beautifully illustrated section on current issues from climate to economy
• The new country of South Sudan
• 37 city plans added for major cities around the world
• New satellite image of Antarctica
• Flag and year of independence for every country
• Updated national parks and conserved areas
• 100 additional abandoned settlements

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  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Times Books; 13th edition edition (15 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007419139
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007419135
  • Product Dimensions: 47.5 x 33.5 x 4.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 177,397 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Times atlases and maps have been produced by the world's leading atlas makers for over 100 years. Today the latest digital technology is used to make the world's most authoritative and prestigious world atlases.

John Bartholomew & Son Ltd. was initially situated in Edinburgh. This is where the firm pioneered landmark achievements such as the first half-inch to one mile Reduced Ordnance Survey Maps of Scotland in 1875 and the Times Survey Atlas of the World in 1922, supplementing the first Times Atlas, which was produced in 1895 with maps by the German firm Velhagen & Klasing. The Bartholomews also produced extensive mapping in support of the military during the Second World War. In 1989, John Bartholomew & Son Ltd became part of the newly formed HarperCollins, and moved to its current location near Glasgow in 1995.

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79 of 79 people found the following review helpful
As a reference Atlas, this must be the best - even in an age of online maps I keep checking this Atlas in the library. Not instead of online maps, but in addition to. With 125 enormous plates, it is a pleasure to browse and dream away - for the general overview, for planning, for finding connections. There is some lovely satellite imagery as well, 20 pages of 'the world today' with maps on diversity, energy, climate and the like; a few pages on mapping; 10 pages on geographical info (sizes, lenghts, depths, heights, population, flags, capitals...)
But most people come to this Atlas for the maps, and they are many, good and accessible, with pretty clear colour codings and symbols. The Greenland map howler apart (I think they are going to send out replacement maps for those) they are classy!

And this comprehensive one is the biggest, the heaviest, and the most comprehensive - here is a comparison list with all the others called "Times atlas of the world", as I was terminally confused. Until I did a bit of homework, and came up with the following: (all prices quoted from Amazon, October 2011)

The biggest is called COMPREHENSIVE, costs £80, is 47x32 cm, weighs a ton, has 125 map plates (not pages, as most spread over 2 pages) and a 217-page index.

The next is the CONCISE, costs £40, is 37x27 cm, has 105 plates on 198 map pages, and a 140-page index to 130,000 names. And 32 city maps, which is something the biggest lacks (apart from a few titchy ones on the main plates)!

The next is the UNIVERSAL, costs £ 28, is 32x27 cm, has 170 pages of maps (not plates - probably 90 plates), an index to 50,000 names, and 32 city maps.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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I have just purchased this atlas and I would like to say that all the critism in the press about the Greenland ice data last year doesn't detract from the fact this publication is still the finest geograpical referance tool any one could own and it was to the credit of Harper Collins to admit that they had made a mistake in the current edition and have now rectified this by producing an insert with a new map of Greenland that reflects the revised data I received mine in the post this morning the new information now contains all you need to know about the revised decision they made.

Now back to the atlas the one thing that I was impressed with was the wealth of information you get before you get to the world maps each chapter you come to is well represented and incredibly infromative and tells you everything you need to know about the world you live in today it will take you a little while to read this but you will be rewarded by this.

The maps themselves are incredibly detailed to look at and the one thing I was impressed with from the start was how clear you could see each countries internal boundries no other atlas on the market that I know of show them with this kind of clarity you really get to see a true repesentation of how each country is because there are 220,000 place names the fonts are small you may need a magnifying glass to see some of them but they are easy to find most of all the major towns and cities are clear to look at with the naked eye or if you wear glasses without any trouble.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
By Mr. Andrew N. Taylor VINE VOICE
Editions One to Nine of the Times Atlas of the World Comprehensive Edition were based on the Five Volume, Mid Century Edition using hand engraved copper plates, and I strongly reccommend anyone interested in fine maps to obtain a clean second hand copy of one of these earlier editions (bearing in mind that many library copies are sold due to the theft of some of the plates)as I prefer the map style to that of the newer digital editions (just compare the plates showing Sicily with Mount Etna and those of the Grand Canyon to see how much better they looked).The Tenth Edition (origionally called the Millenium Edition) was completely redrawn using digtal techniques. This Thirteenth Edition is an update of the Tenth, Eleventh and Twelfth Editions, the main difference being the introduction of town plans as included in the Concise Edition. Also, the Alaska plate, missing in the Tenth Edition, was reinstated in the Eleventh Edition.

The main difference between the old copper plate editions and the new computer drawn editions is in the slight swing away from Western Europe with a more even balance with Eastern Europe, and the loss of the superb 1:5,000,000 plates of the whole of Russia which first became available in the Five Volume Mid Century Edition and were based on those from the newly published Atlas Mira. The new editions are still very heavily biases towards Europe (mostly at 1:1,000,000 and 1:2,500,000) and North America (USA and S Canada at 1:2,5000). Much of the rest of the world is at 1:5,000,000 and less (Russia is now at only 1:8,000,000 and Arctic Canada is at 1:12,500,000). Also, contour lines are absent on the newer digital maps and I think this gives them an out of focus appearence compared to the old, copper plate maps.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Heavy but excellent
I bought this on a one day Amazon special offer last year. As others have observed, it is (unsurprisingly) very heavy - but an excellent atlas.
Published 29 days ago by Derek Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant gift.
Published 2 months ago by Fat Al
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reference
Enables me to keep abreast of developments featured in the news and to identify even minor centres of activity in a rapidly changing world. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Dr. Derek Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars New Atlas after 50years
I have had a treasured Atlas bought as a present for me over 50 years ago, and this is the first time I have seen a better one. Read more
Published 6 months ago by John W
5.0 out of 5 stars Maps
Ambrose Pierce once said that 'war is God's way of teaching Americans geography.' It would have been far easier if He had just published an atlas. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Babbey Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars marvellous
I have thought about this Atlas for many years and have simply made-do.
However seeing this marvellous one up for £29.99 I made up my mind quickly. Read more
Published 6 months ago by J. P. Fairweather
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth every penny best atlas going
Bought this in the January sale well worth having in the house for reference.Great quality printing and it is still printed in the UK.
Published 7 months ago by Stuart
5.0 out of 5 stars A good historical snapshot
I got this to record the state of the world on my daughters birth year. It is a well made atlas and includes a lot of interesting additional information, including physical and... Read more
Published 7 months ago by David E
The ultimate in World Atlas's. There are times when a computer screen presentation has it's limitations and printouts afford insufficient coverage.
Published 7 months ago by Hugh G
5.0 out of 5 stars Huge thing
My dilemma was - why the big book world atlas, when we gave all that Google maps on the net. It is a thing of personal reference. Read more
Published 7 months ago by marty
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