Cover image for Peters atlas of the world.
Peters atlas of the world.
Peters, Arno.
Personal Author:
First U.S. edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Harper & Row, 1990.
Physical Description:
188 pages, 39 unnumbered pages : illustrations (some color), color maps ; 35 cm
General Note:
Includes index.

Maps on lining papers.
Format :


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G1021 .P4 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Reference material

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Based on a totally new principle, that of equality of scale and area, Peter Atlas of the World allows the user to see the world as it really is. In addition to nearly 100 pages of color maps, the atlas includes 246 thematic world maps, all in color, offering a complete, in-depth picture of today's world.

Reviews 2

Library Journal Review

All sorts of cartographic distortions can mar a world atlas, from overemphasis on particular regions (usually North America and Europe) to inconsistent map scales and skewed map projections. This work succeeds brilliantly in overcoming or min imizing such problems. Based on con cepts of equal scale and equal area projection developed by Arno Peters, a German mapmaker and mathematician, the atlas truly offers what it promises in the forward: ``a new geographical picture of the world based on equal status of all the peoples of the earth.'' Specifically, it includes 43 double-page physical maps that cover the entire world at a single scale (1:8 million), and an 18,000-entry index which furnishes access to place-names. In addition, 246 thematic maps provide an array of information about the world's people and resources. The maps, all in color and extraordinarily readable, are products of the Swiss firm of Kummerly & Frey, and Oxford Cartographers in England. Several errors in map data were spotted (e.g., plate 20 erroneously shows St. Petersburg and Largo, both cities in Florida, as equivalent in size), but such occasional lapses should not dissuade librarians from acquiring this pathbreaking atlas.-- Kenneth F. Kister, Tampa, Fla. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

The purpose of this atlas is to present a balanced view of all continental land surfaces, without the concentration on the Western World (and specifically Europe) that most atlases published in Europe and North America present, and in this it is successful. There are 43 shaded-relief maps, each at the same scale (about 1:8,000,000), and there are 246 thematic maps of the world as a whole; subjects covered are varied and in some cases different from the usual (e.g., "The direction of writing"; "Expenditures on the sciences"). Relief is very nicely represented, as shading combined with spot heights and photography of relief models; the latter particularly gives a good effect. Also, instead of having color indicate relief, it is used to indicate vegetation (e.g., green as vegetated areas, brown as barren areas), so that Death Valley, for example, is not colored in green as it often is on maps where different colors are used to represent relief. Various shades of one given color represent variations in a characteristic on the thematic maps; in all cases, the colors are pleasing to the eye. The only point that will present problems for reference librarians is that in order to achieve the effect of balance, the maps use an equal area instead of equal angle (no map can have both), and the projection does this by having lines of latitude a decreasing distance apart as one goes north and south of the Equator, and lines of longitude parallel--which is the exact opposite of what they truly are; this means that continents have peculiar elongated shapes. It would be a good idea to have a globe nearby for users! Recommended for all reference collections. -M. L. Larsgaard, University of California, Santa Barbara