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This remarkable atlas has been the best-known, bestselling atlas title in the Rand McNally World Atlas line for more than 40 years. Filled with colorful maps which present the world in great detail and reflect world changes, the atlas contains large-scale maps of continents, countries, states, and provinces. Its comprehensive place-name index includes more than 69,000 entries.
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Rand McNally's Cosmopolitan World Atlas is a beautiful illustration of what atlases are all about. There are plenty of additional tables providing populations and zip codes for U.S. cities, and statistics on the countries of the world, but the core of the atlas is its maps, and they are splendid. There are 160 full-page color maps that are easy to read, and above all, easy on the eyes (a surprisingly rare atlas quality). Color borders distinguish country from country and state from state, and the topography gradations don't interfere with the clean lines and legible place names. Cosmopolitan World Atlas is the standard against which other atlases should be compared.From School Library Journal:
The Cosmopolitan claims to be "the only atlas in its class to include individual maps of U.S. states and Canadian provinces." That may be true, but the distinction comes at a price. While the Cosmopolitan's coverage of the U.S. is among the best, its coverage of other parts of the world is uneven. Coverage of metropolitan areas, even in the U.S. and Canada, is also weak. The Cosmopolitan's maps are clear, uncluttered, and easy to read, but once again, there's a price. Roads and other transportation details are minimal, and no relief coloring is used to indicate ocean depths or land elevation. The index has limitations, as well. Relatively small, it is not always a reliable or accurate guide to the maps. Unless your first priority is maps of the states and provinces, the Cosmopolitan is not a first-choice reference atlas.
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Book Description Rand McNally & Company, 1994. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0528836749
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