You may have heard about it in the news. It’s the largest atlas in the world. Earth Platinum,(Millennium House, Australia, 2012) is leather-bound, weighs 200 kilograms, and measures 6ft x 9ft (1.8m x 2.7m). Only 31 copies exist. Each goes for $100,000. One just sold in Saudi Arabia.
A benchmark in cartography, the atlas shows the world in as much detail as is currently possible. More than 120 professionals worldwide worked on this “unique geographical time capsule”.
In addition to containing the most recent and comprehensive record of flags, the Atlas’s large format enables readers to see towns, rivers and islands that normally go unseen. A combination of “surround sight”, the 3D like effect of the maps, and the clarity of the photos, creates a heightened level of awareness for the viewer as mind and body absorb what’s on display.
Only one type of printing press is capable of handling Earth Platinum‘s size and detail requirements. Although there are 26 of them worldwide, a company in Milan was the only one willing to proceed with this risky, groundbreaking project.
The only Atlas that is similar in size to Earth Platinum is the Klencke Atlas, housed in the Antiquarian Mapping Division of the British Library in London. It was produced as a one-off more than 350 years ago, and, like Earth Platinum, is said to encompass all geographical knowledge of that time.