Times Comprehensive Atlas of the World, Eleventh Edition (TIMES ATLAS OF THE WORLD COMPREHENSIVE EDITION) ハードカバー – 2005/10/30
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An updated edition reflects the world's latest boundary, place name, population, and environmental changes, in a resource complemented by satellite images, a gazetteer-index, and a glossary of geographical terms.
ただ、他の中型のWorld Atlas には出ているのに、この地図帳には載っていない地名もありました。１冊で万能と言うわけにはいかないようです。大きくて重いですが、すばらしい世界地図帳と思います。
I get the sense that there was an effort to produce the work to a 'price point' and I wish the publishers had aimed a little higher, since if I only buy one of these things every 20 years or so, I can afford to pay up. Like an encylcopedia, since the explosion of the internet an atlas is an odd form of reference work. It is bought out of very mixed motives. I suspect the genre will be re-engineered one of these days, and volumes like this one will seem as antiquidated as an oil painting.
I could have met my basic needs with something cheaper, but wanted something better. I am not a map junkie the way some of the reviewers of this volume, and I would defer completely to their superior knowledge (or, at least, passion). But compromise in luxury goods is a dicey proposition, and that's what this is.
There are 125 plates. There is a graphical index (world map) to the map plates inside the front cover so with one quick glance at the index you can find the plate you are looking for. It even tells you the scale of the maps on the index. Most of the maps are at a reasonable scale, but unfortunately not all. For example Alaska is at 1:12,500,000 appended on to northern Canada and Greenland. Another criticism is that some of the feature names are very difficult to read, some rivers especially. They are printed in italics. The index indexes towns and also most geographical features. It does not index national parks though. The index is almost half the book.
The second-best choice to the Times Comprehensive Atlas of the World is the Oxford University Press's "Atlas of the World". It has the same user-friendly overview over the maps contained in the atlas ("Key to the World/European Map Pages") on the insides of the front and back hardcover. And it has the same comprehensive index of names in the back, featuring not only the location of a certain place on the grid of a map, but also the place's longitude and latitude.
The main difference is the size of the two: The Times Atlas is 19 by 13.3 inches, the Oxford Atlas is 15 by 11.3 inches. The bigger-sized maps of the Times Atlas allow greater detail. In degree of detail, no atlas beats the Times Comprehensive Atlas of the World.
If you want to buy an atlas for keeps and you don't have small kids who love to finger your treasures - this is the one to get!