Positioned at the top of Oxford's atlas range, the Deluxe Edition incorporates a host of large-scale North American maps plus a substantial number of completely new topographical maps of Asia and the Pacific where international interest is increasingly focused. The New York Times Book Review called the Atlas of the World a "veritable encyclopedia of geographic and demographic information," but this new volume will do even better. Building on the strength and integrity of its smaller predecessor, the Deluxe Edition adds 33 more city maps (for a total of 100) and 102 pages of geopolitical maps (making 278 in all), to remain at the forefront of essential geographic resources.
Oxford's distinctive cartographic style, combining layer-colored contours with hill shading gives an exceptionally vivid depiction of landforms and the expanded index includes geographical features, historical placenames, as well as full latitude and longitude coordinates. As always, the atlas has been fully updated to reflect the changing world around us and the opening Introduction to World Geography--designed in a fresh manner and beautifully illustrated--adds a quick reference tool to a book already teeming with useful information. Refined name forms, extra detail in maps of the oceans, more vital statistics and dozens of other improvements make this the most reliable atlas on the market.
Published in a protective slip-case that is more compact than the leading competition, the Deluxe Edition makes reference easier and storage more convenient. The full-page satellite images that have generated such excitement in the past are still present, as is the popular Regions in the News feature. Plus, this volume offers expanded coverage of Mexico, Scandinavia, Israel, Lebanon, Jordan, Central Asia, Korea, Taiwan, Ethiopia, Australia and New Zealand. Plus six maps of the ocean floor mean that not one inch of the Earth's crust is overlooked. Maps of the moon aren't forgotten either and form another component in this astounding new resource. Providing the finest global coverage available, the Deluxe Edition raises the bar by which all other world atlases will be measured.
Atlases come with free six-month access to Oxford Reference Online (a $119 value).