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The Times Atlas of the World: Comprehensive Edition (Times Comprehensive Atlas of the World) Hardcover – 6 Oct 2003
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The Old Edition of the Times Atlas aimed to cover the whole world at a minimum scale of 1:5,000,000 using maps from the 1954 Russian Atlas Mira to fill in Siberia at this scale. The present atlas falls a long way short of this goal, and as well as loosing these fantastic Russian plates, also looses the 1:5,000,000 Alaska plate. Other plates to go are those of Switzerland, The Low Countries and The Holy Land at 1:500,000. No longer can we locate Gangelt in the Netherlands where Mercator lived and worked. Also to go are all of the town plans.
The new Edition instead offers more maps at intermediate scales such as better maps of Eastern Europe, Eastern China, Korea, Central Japan, Central South America and South East Australia. Some of the new maps such as that of Poland seem overly detailed. Even with the aid of a magnifying glass, I cannot make out the name of Oswiecim, the location of Auchwitz, as it is too small and cramped to read.
The style of the maps has also changed. I prefer the old copper plate maps as the contour lines have been omitted from the new digital maps giving a blotchy appearence to the hill colouring. just compare the maps of Sicily from the old and new editions to see how in the old edition, Mount Etna seemed to stand out from the page.
Despite this, the latest Edition of the Times Atlas is in my opinion the best World Atlas currently available. This is due to the sheer breadth and detail of world coverage as well as the quality of the mapping.Read more ›
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This is an excellent Atlas. A larger size than expected, but, still excellent. Just have to read it at a
table. Great condition, very pleased.
The Rolls Royce of atlases, I remember being astounded by its size when I first saw one. I always wanted to own one myself and bought this version a few years back. Read morePublished on 13 Jan. 2012 by Mr. James Foster
Simply the best, clearest atlas you will ever set eyes on. A fantastically made book with beautifully in depth detail.Published on 25 Dec. 2007 by Martin Kratky
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