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  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Times Books; 13th edition edition (15 Sept. 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 (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 183,479 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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82 of 82 people found the following review helpful By Henk Beentje TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Oct. 2011
Format: Hardcover
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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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Turner on 14 Jan. 2012
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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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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Andrew N. Taylor VINE VOICE on 8 Dec. 2011
Format: Hardcover
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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