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Atlas of Israel : cartography, physical and human geography.
Israel. Agaf ha-medidot.
Corporate Author:
Uniform Title:
Aṭlas Yiśraʼel. English & Hebrew
Third edition (English-Hebrew).
Publication Information:
Tel-Aviv : Survey of Israel ; New York, N.Y. : Macmillan Pub., 1985.
Physical Description:
1 atlas (7 unnumbered pages, 40 that is 160 unnumbered pages, 80 pages) : color maps ; 50 cm
General Note:
Text in English, place names on maps in English and Hebrew.

Translation of: Aṭlas Yiśraʼel.

"Translations, editing and typesetting of text coordinated by Carta, The Israel Map & Publishing Co., Ltd."--T.p. verso.
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G2235 .I77 1985 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Folio Non-Circ

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Booklist Review

The first edition of this national atlas was published in Hebrew between 1956 and 1964. The second edition, published in 1970 in English, was highly praised. In that 290-page folio edition, the 550 full-color maps included early historical maps and several economic subjects, in addition to the subject areas noted in the subtitle of the new edition. An eight-page index of place-names (including even wells and archaeological mounds) made the general maps on a 1:250,000 scale particularly useful. The third edition is a bilingual Hebrew-English edition, with all place-names on maps printed in Hebrew, with transliterated place-names for only the larger cities. The information for all the legends on maps is translated into English. The atlas contains 400 full-color maps on 40 sheets (a sheet being a two-page spread) in a 232-page folio volume. Although a prepublication advertising brochure claims an index, the bound book does not contain one. It was edited by the Survey of Israel, the mapping agency in the Ministry of Construction and Housing. The editorial board and the authors of individual sheets are Israel's leading cartographers, geographers, and specialists in other disciplines, such as health research. Many worked on the second edition as well as the Atlas of Jerusalem (Walter de Gruyter, 1973), which was highly recommended in our review (see RSBR, September 1, 1974). The preface notes that the current edition includes territory within Israel's 1985 boundaries, although some geographical and climatic maps on the Sinai are included, even though that territory has been returned to Egypt. Two-thirds of the sheets are devoted to thematic maps on settlement patterns and economic geography. There are maps on weather, fertility, social conditions such as health and education, trade, tourism, agriculture, transportation, and even maps on the distribution of Jews in other parts of the world. Data from the 1983 Census of Population and Housing were included when possible, and the last sheet of maps is an update on population and the economy using this data. Two pages of definitions at the beginning of the book are helpful as they outline the administrative-geographical units of the country. Here the West Bank region is listed as ``Judea and Samaria'' under ``Administered Territories.'' However, on a map in the volume (sheet 25), the area is shown as ``Yehuda and Shomron.'' This confusion between the Hebrew names as they have been historically known in the West and as they are now transliterated occurs in this atlas. Some important names are listed in both forms, e.g., Yerushalayim (Jerusalem). As in the second edition, there are four sheets on a 1:250,000 scale that provide much detail on Israel as a whole, e.g., mosques, fishponds, etc. Other maps are one page or less, and this new edition includes several from satellite photographs or that are computer drawn. The book is bound so that no information is lost in the inside margins of the double-page sheets. The sturdy binding ensures long use. Color delineation is very clear and, although the book is large, a magnifying glass will be necessary in some instances for specific locations and numbers. The latest developments in graphic presentation of data are utilized. The amount of statistical data included is enormous, enabling the user to make several comparisons on a single map, for instance, the monthly distribution of rainfall in 40 cities over a 30-year period. Following the 40 sheets of maps is a narrative section in English. There is a narrative for each sheet of maps, explaining map details and including statistical tables and a bibliography. The narrative in the second edition came immediately before and after each sheet, which made the information more accessible. That edition was also more valuable for locating place-names, as they were given in English and the volume contained an index. The historical maps in the second edition also contributed to its usefulness. But the