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Times Comprehensive Atlas of the World, Twelfth Edition Hardcover – October 21, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0061464508 ISBN-10: 0061464503 Edition: 12 Pck Slp

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Product Details

  • Series: Times Comprehensive Atlas of the World
  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Collins Reference; 12 Pck Slp edition (October 21, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061464503
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061464508
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 12.8 x 18.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,405,189 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Easily the best atlas there is."  —Bill Bryson


"The Times Comprehensive Atlas of the World has been an essential part of my travelling for many years. It is the whole world in a single volume."  —Paul Theroux, author, Dark Star Safari
--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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Times UK is a British national daily newspaper.
--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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Index is the largest and best I've ever seen, and as far as I know, the largest one in existence.
Wolfgang Soshin Drechsler
Pretty graphs with detailed information, large page size makes reading easy and comfortable.
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98 of 98 people found the following review helpful By Wolfgang Soshin Drechsler on January 31, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I am into geography since as long as I can think, and as soon as I was able to afford, I always owned a world-class Atlas.

Every ten years or so the need for buying a new Atlas emerges, simply because my old copy is torn, stained and not up-to-date anymore.

I did a lot of research in local book-stores as for which of the "great" ones to get this time, with my good old 9th edition Times/Bartholomew always in mind as the best Atlas I ever owned.

To make a long story short, it again was the Times/Bartholomew Comprehensive.

Minus:

- compared to the ninth edition, some map scales have suffered a little, for example Italy is on an about 20% smaller scale as it used to be. Same is particulary true for Russia: everything east of the Ural suffered by 20-30%.

- As an ongoing concern: India is done in 1:5,000,000 on two plates with only one 1:2,500,000 for the Gangetic Plains, I would most definitely add a second 1:2,500,000 for Mumbai/Central India.

- Compared to the older editions until about 2000, the colors of the texture are lighter, the terrain looses something of it's 3D look. Mountains used to jump into your eyes until about 2000, now they seem comparatively flat, but this is also a matter of taste.

Plus:

+ Back again is the Alaska map missing in the 11th edition, which was a huge loss.

+ Quality of paper, printing is excellent. Better and crisper fonts, the last remainders of hand-written place names are gone. Fully digitized maps now. Binding is stitched binding, which was lost as well in the 11th. ed and is now back.

+ Index is the largest and best I've ever seen, and as far as I know, the largest one in existence. All the place's latitudes and longitudes are given as well.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Peter Just on February 4, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Nothing on the market today compares with the old Rand McNally International Atlas. Unfortunately, it's been out of print for decades and time marches on. Of the atlases now in print and reasonably up-to-date, the National Geographic, Oxford 16th Edition, and Times Comprehensive atlases are the best, and of them the Times is clearly superior. I've never liked the NatGeo style (a matter of personal taste); I recently bought the Oxford 16th Edition and was very disappointed. I'm much happier with the Times Comprehensive, which one should be because it costs more than three times as much. For a confirmed old cartophile like me, it's well worth it. With other reviewers, I regret the absence of city maps in the Times Comprehensive, but the level of detail, legibility, size, and quality of construction are all superior.
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36 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Ralph Weiss on June 28, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My wife and I have been saying for several years now that we needed to have a good, updated atlas. After reading the offerings and reviews at Amazon, we decided to splurge and buy what most reviewers considered the best available.

While much of what the atlas offers is of excellent quality, we were both more than a bit disappointed in what is either missing or shortchanged. Especially when considering the price of this item. As many other reviewers have mentioned, most of Europe is excellent, North America is OK, and it goes down from there. Maybe this is a quirk of mine, but why do all recent atlases go overboard with pictures from space, economic, meteorological and miscellaneous other representations and breakdowns, at the expense of offering the fullest possible collection of DETAILED MAPS? The extra stuff is well and good, but not when many counties are given second- and third-rate coverage in the maps section. As many other reviewers have remarked on these specific lapses of coverage, I won't repeat them here.

If we had seen this atlas before we ordered it, would we have bought it? No. However, as it's still probably as good or better than other atlases out there, I guess we'll keep it and make an effort to see before we buy next time.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Jackal on June 3, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is the best world atlas I could find. My main objection is that it is still quite Euro/US centred. I would really have liked to have high resolution maps for the Asian countries too. In fact I would really like an atlas that has the same scale for all maps. I realise such a book might not be so beautiful, but it would have other benefits. It would show the world as it is. Huge maps of Siberia without much information. Maybe a waste of space, but that is the way the world looks like. Empty space is information too. I think there could be room for such a book, despite Google Earth's ascent.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Derek Shockley on May 15, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Pros: Detail, Construction, Picture Quality, Exhaustive Index
Cons: No City Map Insets (Possibly Size)

I bought this atlas for a geography course, and it is without a doubt, the best atlas I have ever used, BUT it is also the most expensive. We have the National Geographic Atlas at the office, and it is good, but it lacks the detail of the Times World Atlas. When I purchased the Times World Atlas it was only $14 more than the NG Atlas. I think it is well worth the difference and more. One thing about the atlas - it is big, really big. This could put some off, and rightfully so, depending on what you need it for. I would not count it as a con because the size of the book is what enables the publisher to produce an atlas that is as detailed as this one
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