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Bacon's Sixpenny Contour Atlas

Nature volume 96, page 702 (24 February 1916) | Download Citation



THIRTY-SIX pages of coloured maps and an index to towns is certainly good value for sixpence. Four of the maps-communications, geological, relief, and vegetation-vary with the different editions. Of the others, twenty-five are contoured maps, on various scales, of different parts of the world, and the remaining pages contain nine maps— of the world to show ditierent distributions. The somewhat fantastic chart of geographical terms on the last page might well be replaced by another map. We feel also that the two-page introduction to the special maps would scarcely be intelligible to the children for whom this excellent little atlas is designed. The maps are clearly printed, and the colouring on the whole is good. It would be an advantage if the British Isles could be shown in relation to the Continental border of the North Sea, rather than as isolated islands, and if India could be shown on a larger scale. Most of the maps show no railways, but political frontiers are marked by dotted lines. The projection used is indicated on every map, and on a few England is shown on the same scale for purposes of com parison. This should be done on all the extra-European maps. The use of these atlases in lower forms would certainly be of assistance in the teaching of geography.

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