The “Best Atlas in the World”

Now on display in the Grosvenor Room:

NewCase_Close1Earth. Sydney : Millennium House, 2008.

1 atlas (576 p.) : col. ill. (8 folded), col. maps ; 61 cm. Foreword by David Bellamy ; chief consultant, Charles F. Gritzner .  No. 338/2000.  RBR G1021 .E2 2008

This limited edition hand-sewn atlas by Millennium House of Australia was 20 years in the planning stages and 2 years in production.  Named “Best Atlas in the World” at the International Cartographic Conference held in Santiago, Chile in 2008, it beat out over 500 entries from around the globe.

Earth (Blue Edition) contains more than 355 maps covering 194 countries, and includes more than 750 photographs and illustrations representing the work of over 100 international cartographers, oceanographers and geographers.  The leather cover is bound by hand and each copy is individually numbered and is accompanied by a signed Certificate of Authenticity.

This atlas complements the Rare Book Room’s collection of geography texts in the Milestones of Science Collection, notably the Blaeu atlas and the works of Ptolemy, as well as adds to the Grosvenor Room’s superior map collection.

NewCase_farIt is currently on display in the new wooden case just inside the Grosvenor Room entrance, which will house future genealogy, local history, and Rare book displays.  Be sure to stop in to see this and other ongoing exhibits!

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