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on 30 October 2000
Almost every new major new world atlas claims to set a new standard in world atlases, but this new Times atlas is one of the very few that actually do just that. It contains some 25% more place names than its nearest competitor, the Rand McNally International Atlas. In this respect, it is the largest printed atlas ever published. This tenth edition (dubbed the "millennium" edition) is the first complete redesign since its original publication in 1967, and it shows. The color coding has improved, the number of maps has increased, and, very important, the consistency factor has improved; e.g. the same fonts and same accuracy for all pages. The previous edition has sometimes been accused of being a mere "collection of reference maps". In this new tenth, no less than 72 pages of thematic content have been added, thus making it a really all-round reference atlas. It also contains more large-scale reference maps of more densely populated regions than before, and this substantially increases the chance of finding just the spot you were looking for. The 217-page gazetteer contains just over 200,000 names. A minor point is the lack of urban area maps of the world's largest cities. The price is not an amount that most of us spend lightly. But if you can afford it, and you only want the best world atlas, and you're committed to following the world news, planning holiday or business trips, you really can't afford NOT to have this atlas - it's certainly worth its price.
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