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In the mid 1960's, Rand McNally assembled a team of the world's leading cartographers and geographers for an extarordinary ambitious purpose: to design and create the ultimate reference atlas - one that would surpass all others in cartographic quality, comprehensiveness, and ease of use.

Through this unique collaboration, The New International Atlaswas born. Since its initial publication in 1969, it has achieved renown throughout the world and has set the standard of excellence ...

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Overview

In the mid 1960's, Rand McNally assembled a team of the world's leading cartographers and geographers for an extarordinary ambitious purpose: to design and create the ultimate reference atlas - one that would surpass all others in cartographic quality, comprehensiveness, and ease of use.

Through this unique collaboration, The New International Atlaswas born. Since its initial publication in 1969, it has achieved renown throughout the world and has set the standard of excellence for world atlases. More copies of The New International Atlas have been sold than any other atlas in its class. This Anniversary Edition of the atlas celebrates twenty-five years of excellence and success.

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Library Journal
First published 25 years ago to show that U.S. commercial map firms could turn out as good an atlas as the Europeans, this is indeed a worthy competitor to the great Times Atlas. The maps are clear, the colors beautiful, and the place-name index has latitude and longitude given for each name. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
Rand McNally's New International Atlas and the Times Ninth Comprehensive Edition are the best single-volume world reference atlases available in English. Just the amount of cartographic information in the Rand McNally is impressive. Coverage of different geographic areas is very fairly balanced, while the depth of detaila 170,000-entry index, for instanceis superb. (Only the Times exceeds it.) The New International's maps are remarkably clear and easy to read given their wealth of detail. Unlike the Times, Rand McNally shows elevation with shaded relief in addition to hypsometric tints (see "Scouting Expedition," p. 42). This creates a more naturalistic appearance but your preference is a matter of taste. (Without shaded relief, the Times elevation contours are easier to read and conveyed in more detail, but the maps look more like maps and less like idealized aerial photographs.) The explanatory material in the Rand McNally is minimal but sufficient. The atlas's straightforward, logical organization is clearly explained in the foreword. A graphic index aids in quick location of maps. The comprehensive index makes excellent use of symbols to distinguish among features, and provides latitudes and longitudes. The book itself is very large, which means the maps are satisfyingly large, as well. The paper should stand up well to heavy use. In its favor, compared to the Times, this revision of the New International is almost up-to-the-minute, an advantage that it of course will lose when the Times is revised. A more clear advantage in some settings is the New International's truly international character. Most of the text is provided in five languages, and there is an extensive glossary of geographical terms in more than 50 languages. The New International Atlas is a joy to use and worth serious consideration for any reference collection.
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Celebrating the 20th year of publication of The New International Atlas, the standard in world atlases, the Anniversary Edition features completely updated maps, tables, and index. It retains the internationality of its approach with a multilingual format that includes English, French, German, Portuguese, and Spanish; this approach is carried over into the maps through the utilization of the metric system of measurement, and particularly by a strong emphasis on the use of local forms for geographic names. The Atlas uses shaded relief on most of its maps. The sequence of maps begins with the series of world, continent, and ocean maps, followed by three series of regional maps, and finally a series of metropolitan maps. The individual map layouts have usually been planned to portray geographic and economic regions rather than individual countries. 11x15". Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780528839610
  • Publisher: Rand McNally
  • Publication date: 6/1/1998
  • Edition number: 25
  • Pages: 560
  • Product dimensions: 11.36 (w) x 15.04 (h) x 1.54 (d)

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