Whole world in his hands

By Phoebe Falconer

Earth, the world's largest atlas, was launched at Whitcoulls in Wellington yesterday.

New Zealand's entry in the tome was overseen by Roger Smith of Geographx, a Wellington-based mapping company, also responsible for all of South America and some of the US. The atlas, which weighs 35kg including its leatherbound case, has a limited print run of 1000 gold copies (not available generally in New Zealand) and 2000 blue copies. For those who cannot afford the $6000 price tag for the blue edition, a smaller version, Earth Concise, will sell for around $150.

The hand-bound atlas' 580 pages contain 350,000 words, 800 photographs and hundreds of maps. The concept of such a large atlas is the idea of publisher Gordon Cheers of Millennium House in Sydney.

- NZ Herald

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