When Oxford’s Atlas of the World first appeared it was widely praised for the beauty and accuracy of its maps and for its wealth of geographical information. Booklist hailed it as "one of the most current atlases available today… Its well-designed format and superior use of map colors make
Oxford’s Atlas of the World an appropriate selection for junior and senior high schools as well as public and academic libraries." And The New York Times Book Review hailed it as "a veritable encyclopedia of geographic and demographic information, profusely illustrated with multicolored maps and
Now in its Fourth Edition, the Atlas of the World has been completely updated, with all the maps newly digitized for even greater clarity and accuracy, and drawn from an up-to-the-minute computer database of geographic and cartographic information, including satellite feeds and current censuses.
The Fourth Edition includes dozens of significant alterations, from the latest province names in South Africa, Wales, and Scotland; the most recent Dayton Accord boundaries in Bosnia-Herzegovina; and completely revised population figures for all US cities of over 50,000 inhabitants
. Of course, the basic qualities of the Atlas — the exquisite mapmaking and the wealth of supplemental information — are as superb as ever. The heart of the book is the 160 section of outstanding, full-color world maps, providing detailed political and topographical information about every nation
on Earth enhanced by relief shading and layer-colored contours. There are 66 city maps, charting the key urban centers of each continent from Bombay to New York City. The convenient 75,000 entry index makes locating specific places easy and convenient. And the stunning 48-page Introduction to World
Geography — beautifully illustrated with lavish color maps, graphs, and charts — offers a systematic look at the world, covering topics such as climate, plate tectonics, agriculture, health, population and migration, and global conflicts.
Completely up-to-date, thoroughly international, and packed with informative and comprehensive articles, graphs, and charts, the Fourth Edition of Oxford’s Atlas of the World offers the finest global coverage available. With its exquisitely designed maps and its wealth of supplemental information,
the Oxford Atlas is ideal for any home, school, or library.
A large-sized volume of color maps of the various regions of the world, countries, islands, and the continents. Includes several removable paper fold-out maps and an index of countries for easy referencing. Previous edition not cited. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
THE GOLD STANDARD, October 14, 2002
In choosing a world atlas for my family, I looked at all that were available: from Oxford, National Geographic, Rand McNally, Hammond, DK, and other publishers. This new edition of the Oxford
Atlas of the World is clearly the gold standard. Just published, it is of course the most up-to-date atlas available. More importantly, it is accurate and detailed, exquisitely produced (a joy to look at)and very readable. Unlike other atlases, for example, the maps do not run into the gutters. The introductory section containing informational maps and data (country population, income, products,languages, etc.) and stunning satellite photos is virtually a book in itself and worth the price of admission. And for all that one gets, the price is more than reasonable. This is more than a reference book–it’s a good read. I highly recommend it.
(Oxford) World Atlas, Good but lacking detail, November 7, 2000
I bought the Atlas of the World, 5th edition to use mainly for three purposes: working crossword puzzles, current events, and research for travel. For current events and travel the Atlas is fine. I like the shading for altitude which makes it easy to see where a place is located in relationship to mountains. However, there are several things that frustrate me. Many features, such as rivers, lakes, bays, etc are shown but not named, which makes this a poor choice for crossword puzzle information. Secondly, the names are often located in such a way on the map it is impossible to tell to what town or area they belong. Names of Rivers and Lakes are not followed by any notation that tells you it is a lake, althought they print the river names on the river bank, so if the river is not even you can tell that the name belongs to the river, because it is not in a straight line. Names of mountain ranges are printed without any reference to what they are, so that you don’t know if it is the name of a region, province, etc. unless you already know this before hand. If you want an Atlas that you can really use to find detailed information, I believe this is not the best choice.
Not the gold standard – but the best value for money, November 11, 2005
This is the best atlas you can get in this price category. The gold standard of world atlases – The Times Comprehensive Atlas of the World – will cost you three times as much as this one.
The features of the Oxford University Press’s "Atlas of the World" are quite similar to the Times Comprehensive 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. As a bonus, there are 16 pages with stunning satellite pictures of – among others – cities like Los Angeles, New York, Tokyo, Sydney and Naples with Mount Vesuvius.
The main difference is the size of the two atlases: 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.
If you still have small kids in the house who love to thumb through your books, this atlas will be your best choice. In its price category it is absolutely a 5-star book.