SOURCE: Map Link

Map Link

January 11, 2010 08:00 ET

EARTH, Award-Winning World Atlas Now Available to the Public

SANTA BARBARA, CA--(Marketwire - January 11, 2010) - Map Link now offers EARTH, the most comprehensive -- and largest -- atlas ever produced. EARTH is the ultimate statement of the planet as we know it. Weighing a massive 63 pounds with its leather-bound cover, gilded silver pages and silk-lined slipcase, EARTH combines spectacular photography, authoritative text, and detailed maps of every corner of the world. Only 2,000 copies will ever be produced, each of them signed and numbered.

Bill Hunt, Map Link's President, noted that, "This atlas is the result of thousands of hours of work by the foremost international cartographers and geographers. EARTH has garnered top awards from two of the most prestigious international map and geography societies for its size, content and design."

The enormous size of the atlas makes it possible to have extraordinary detail in the 576-page book. It contains over 800 photos from the world's best photographers, including four gatefolds that extend out nearly six feet. Over 110,000 features are indexed. Measuring 18 by 24 inches and weighing 40 pounds, EARTH is a magnificent, gargantuan volume which only one person in 3.3 million will be able to own. The printing plates have been destroyed for this luxury, limited-edition tome. Each book is delivered directly to its new owner, inside a silk-lined leather-covered hardwood slipcase with a signed, numbered Certificate of Authenticity. Price is equally as extraordinary; $5800 includes shipping direct to each customer.

A select group of libraries, including The British Museum, the Library of Congress, Harvard University and the University of California at Berkeley, ordered the atlas prior to publication. "We keep EARTH displayed on a stand so the public can view it. It gets rave reviews," reported Ed Redmond from the Library of Congress.

EARTH had been the long-held dream of publisher Gordon Cheers. EARTH received International Awards and public approval as soon as the book was published.

Map Link is North America's leading distributor of maps and atlases. Map Link, based in Santa Barbara, purchases the highest quality cartographic products from around the world and provides them to academics, retailers and the general public. To find out more, please visit Map Link is located at 30 S La Patera Lane, Santa Barbara, CA 93117 USA. Phone (805) 692-6777.

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