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There is a whole host of books called "Times atlas of the world", and I was terminally confused. Until I did a bit of homework, and came up with the following: (all prices quoted from Amazon, August 2008)

The biggest is called COMPREHENSIVE, costs £75 , is 47x32 cm, has 125 map plates (not pages, as most spread over 2 pages) and a 217-page index.

The next is the CONCISE, costs £37, 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!

The next is the UNIVERSAL, costs £ 33, is 32x27 cm, has 170 pages of maps (not plates - probably 90 plates), an index to 50,000 names, and 32 city maps.

The next is the REFERENCE, costs £19, has 104 pages of maps (not plates - probably 60 plates), an index to 45,000 names, and 46 city maps.

The next is DESKTOP, costs £ 11, 25x19 cm;
then the COMPACT, costs £ 7, 21x15 cm;
then the MINI, costs £ 5, 15x11 cm.

Are those names logical, or what? I don't think so - but I hope this little guide helps. I got myself the CONCISE (that is, number two) and am well-pleased. Beautiful clear mapping, and it just fits into the bookcase; the largest one is very beautiful, but will have to live permanently on some large, weight-bearing surface!
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For those who cannot afford the money or the space for the Times Atlas of the World Comprehensive Edition, then the Concise Edition is the next Times Atlas down in order of size and price. At this price and size, it will compete with the Philip's Atlas of the World. Unlike the Philips which uses many of the same maps in its different atlases, Times have a completely different set of maps from their larger work.

Europe is well mapped in the Times Concise, but much of the rest of the world is poor. For example, whereas Europe has 5.7 square metres, Asia only has only 2.44 square metres. By comparison, the Times Comprehensive has 8.74 square metres of mapping for Europe and 6.72 square metres for Asia.

A good atlas to complement the Times Concise Atlas would be the AA World Atlas (see seperate review). As this atlas maps the whole world at the same scale, it devotes only 1.79 square metres to Europe, but 4.86 square metres to Asia.

There is one area where the Concise Atlas is better than the Comprehensive, and that is in the inclusion of a good range of town plans.

Andrew Taylor

Worsley, Manchester
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on 15 January 2005
This Atlas is truly fantastic. It contains very detailed maps, all of the pages are up to date, detailed stats including future climate in the (2080s) and the population graphs are all up to date. It also includes detailed maps of cities and a very, very detailed index. For me It's all I ever wanted.
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on 6 October 2007
A comprehensive atlas. Standard reference work. You will not need another unless you want one that is more portable
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on 27 February 2009
When I first bought this book I thought it would just take space on the shelf but it prooved to be a real treasure packed with information on various issues such as geography, geology, world population,astronomy etc. It is very well illustrated with clear pictures, accurate and informative maps. Its size, or rather its weight, has not put me off flipping through its pages. It's a book for people who want to explore and familiarise themselves with the World we live in.
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on 7 September 2010
This atlas is extremely detailed, loaded with high resolution photographs and very well bound. Although entitled "Concise Edition" it is a weighty tome and not really suitable for browsing on your knees. The binding, paper and printing are of a very high quality, and fitted with a very sturdy slip case. A bargain at the present Amazon price. Packing was good and delivery was as stated.
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on 4 January 2006
I bought the Atlas because it interested me but when I got it home and looked though it, I found out that it was fantastic, full of detail. Well worth every penny.
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on 17 February 2010
If you're looking for World information and haven't the opportunity to go to the National Library - then this terrific book is your next opportunity...
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on 30 May 2011
The atlas is brilliant and contains all the information you could possibly require. The atlas is beautifully bound and well worth the money.
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on 23 March 2010
Having used previous editions of this atlas, this one surpasses all for the excellent amount of information provided.
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