Why we love it
World reference atlases are revered publications, known for quality, consistency, and magnificence. The Times Atlas of the World, first published in 1895, is on its 14th edition in the current format. With 132 map plates and more than 220,000 indexed names, it is marketed as The Greatest Book on Earth. We love it because it is a benchmark of cartographic excellence, exhibiting well-crafted and refined cartography.
Why it works
As you might expect, the cartography here is exquisite. There is an almost unimaginable amount of detail packed into each map, yet the positioning of every element appears to have been carefully thought through. The balance and hierarchy of detail and nuanced symbology make the maps coherent. Tremendous effort goes into making each map page work in perfect harmony with the entirety of content.