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An atlas is a collection of maps; it is typically a bundle of maps of Earth or a region of Earth. Atlases have traditionally been bound into book form, but today many atlases are in multimedia formats.

In addition to presenting geographic features and political boundaries, many atlases often feature geopolitical, social, religious and economic statistics. They also have information about the map and places in it like cities and geographical features.

The use of the word atlas in a geographical context dates from 1595 when the German-Flemish geographer Gerardus Mercator published Atlas Sive Cosmographicae Meditationes de Fabrica Mundi et Fabricati Figura. (Atlas or cosmographical meditations upon the creation of the universe, and the universe as created.)

This title provides Mercator's definition of the word as a description of the creation and form of the whole universe, not simply as a collection of maps. The volume that was published posthumously one year after his death is a wide-ranging text but, as the editions evolved, it became simply a collection of maps and it is in that sense that the word was used from the middle of the seventeenth century. The neologism coined by Mercator was a mark of his respect for the Titan, Atlas, the "King of Mauretania", whom he considered to be the first great geographer.

The first work that contained systematically arranged woodcut maps of uniform size, published in a book, thus representing the first modern atlas is conventionally awarded to the Flemish cartographer Abraham Ortelius who in 1570 published the collection of maps Theatrum Orbis Terrarum. Other major atlases include Atlas Maior by Joan Blaeu as well as many more.

References:

1911 Encyclopaedia Britannica, Volume 2. pg 858

Available Books

Book Title Date
Atlases - Geographia Atlas do Brazil e das Cinco Partes do Mundo Geographia Atlas do Brazil e das Cinco Partes do Mundo 1912
Atlases - The Pocket Atlas of the World The Pocket Atlas of the World 1887
Atlases - The Sea-Atlas The Sea-Atlas 1705
Atlases - A Literary & Historical Atlas of Africa and Australasia A Literary & Historical Atlas of Africa and Australasia 1913
Atlases - Atlas Geografico de los Estados Unidos Mexicanos Atlas Geografico de los Estados Unidos Mexicanos 1897
Atlases - Atlas Geographus Vol. 3 Atlas Geographus Vol. 3 1712
Atlases - Atlas Maior Sive Cosmographia Blauiana Vol. 3 Atlas Maior Sive Cosmographia Blauiana Vol. 3 1662
Atlases - Atlas Maior Sive Cosmographia Blauiana Vol. 8 Atlas Maior Sive Cosmographia Blauiana Vol. 8 1662
Atlases - Considerations Geographiques et Physiques sur les Nouvelles Decouvertes Considerations Geographiques et Physiques sur les Nouvelles Decouvertes 1753
Atlases - Civitates Orbis Terrarum Vol. 4 Civitates Orbis Terrarum Vol. 4 1588
Atlases - Atlas Novus sive Tabulae Geographicae Atlas Novus sive Tabulae Geographicae 1730
Atlases - Atlas of Zoogeography Atlas of Zoogeography 1911
Atlases - Atlas de Historia fisica y Politica de Chile Vol. 1 Atlas de Historia fisica y Politica de Chile Vol. 1 1854
Atlases - Orbis Terrestris Descriptio Orbis Terrestris Descriptio 1550
Atlases - Description de l'Univers Vol. 5 Description de l'Univers Vol. 5 1683
Atlases - Les Premieres Oeuvres de Jacques Devaulx Les Premieres Oeuvres de Jacques Devaulx 1584
Atlases - Atlas of Meteorology Atlas of Meteorology 1899
Atlases - Theatrum Ichnographicum Omnium Urbium Theatrum Ichnographicum Omnium Urbium 1700
Atlases - Kitab-ı Bahriye [Book of Navigation] Kitab-ı Bahriye [Book of Navigation] 1525
Atlases - Handy Reference Atlas of the World Handy Reference Atlas of the World 1904
Atlases - A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies 1690
Atlases - Liber Insularum Cycladum Liber Insularum Cycladum 1422
Atlases - Atlas Maior Sive Cosmographia Blauiana Vol. 4 Atlas Maior Sive Cosmographia Blauiana Vol. 4 1662
Atlases - The Graphic Atlas of the World The Graphic Atlas of the World 1910
Atlases - Huntington's School Atlas Huntington's School Atlas 1836
Atlases - Royal Relief Atlas of All Parts of the World Royal Relief Atlas of All Parts of the World 1881
Atlases - Atlas do Imperio do Brazil Atlas do Imperio do Brazil 1868
Atlases - Klencke Atlas Klencke Atlas 1660
Atlases - The American Atlas The American Atlas 1776
Atlases - The Graphic Atlas and Gazetteer of the World The Graphic Atlas and Gazetteer of the World 1892
Atlases - Mercator's Letter to John Dee Mercator's Letter to John Dee 1577
Atlases - Atlas Maritimus, or a Book of Charts Atlas Maritimus, or a Book of Charts 1672
Atlases - Porte-Feuille Geographique et Ethnographique [Atlas] Porte-Feuille Geographique et Ethnographique [Atlas] 1820
Atlases - The World-Wide Atlas of Modern Geography The World-Wide Atlas of Modern Geography 1903
Atlases - Atlas Geographus Vol. 5 Atlas Geographus Vol. 5 1721
Atlases - Theatrum Orbis Terrarum Theatrum Orbis Terrarum 1570
Atlases - Mitchell's New General Atlas Mitchell's New General Atlas 1861
Atlases - Atlas Geographus Vol. 4 Atlas Geographus Vol. 4 1714
Atlases - Les Premieres Oeuvres de Jacques deVaulx Les Premieres Oeuvres de Jacques deVaulx 1583
Atlases - An Atlas of Economic Geography An Atlas of Economic Geography 1914
Atlases - Civitates Orbis Terrarum Vol. 3 Civitates Orbis Terrarum Vol. 3 1581
Atlases - An Historical Atlas An Historical Atlas 1830
Atlases - Description de l'Univers Vol. 2 Description de l'Univers Vol. 2 1683
Atlases - Miniature Atlas and Gazetteer of the World Miniature Atlas and Gazetteer of the World 1892
Atlases - The Citizen's Atlas of the World The Citizen's Atlas of the World 1912
Atlases - Atlas Geographus Vol. 2 Atlas Geographus Vol. 2 1711
Atlases - Description de l'Univers Vol. 1 Description de l'Univers Vol. 1 1683
Atlases - Civitates Orbis Terrarum Vol. 6 Civitates Orbis Terrarum Vol. 6 1617
Atlases - Atlas Maior Sive Cosmographia Blauiana Vol. 2 Atlas Maior Sive Cosmographia Blauiana Vol. 2 1662
Atlases - Atlas of Commercial Geography Atlas of Commercial Geography 1889
Atlases - La Descripcion de Espana y de las Costas y Puertos de sus Reinos La Descripcion de Espana y de las Costas y Puertos de sus Reinos 1634
Atlases - Speculum Orbis Terrae Speculum Orbis Terrae 1593
Atlases - Atlas Minor Atlas Minor 1736
Atlases - Cassell's Atlas Cassell's Atlas 1909
Atlases - The West-India Atlas The West-India Atlas 1775
Atlases - [Manuscript Wall Map of the World] [Manuscript Wall Map of the World] 1587
Atlases - A System of Geography A System of Geography 1701
Atlases - Cosmographia Cosmographia 1460
Atlases - The Royal Illustrated Atlas The Royal Illustrated Atlas 1872
Atlases - Atlas Maior Sive Cosmographia Blauiana Vol. 10 Atlas Maior Sive Cosmographia Blauiana Vol. 10 1662
Atlases - Civitates Orbis Terrarum Vol. 5 Civitates Orbis Terrarum Vol. 5 1596
Atlases - Atlas Geografico das Provincias do Reino de Portugal Atlas Geografico das Provincias do Reino de Portugal 1843
Atlases - Arbuckles' Illustrated Atlas of the World Arbuckles' Illustrated Atlas of the World 1889
Atlases - Description de l'Univers Vol. 3 Description de l'Univers Vol. 3 1683
Atlases - The Theatre of the Empire of Great-Britain The Theatre of the Empire of Great-Britain 1676
Atlases - Geologisch-Topographischer Atlas von Neu-Seeland Geologisch-Topographischer Atlas von Neu-Seeland 1863
Atlases - Cartes et Tables de la Geographie Physique ou Naturelle Cartes et Tables de la Geographie Physique ou Naturelle 1757
Atlases - Atlas Pintoresco e Historico De Los Estados Unidos Mexicanos Atlas Pintoresco e Historico De Los Estados Unidos Mexicanos 1885
Atlases - A Literary & Historical Atlas of Asia A Literary & Historical Atlas of Asia 1912
Atlases - Atlas de Battista Agnese Atlas de Battista Agnese 1544
Atlases - Yaggy's Geographical Portfolio Yaggy's Geographical Portfolio 1893
Atlases - Atlas Maior Sive Cosmographia Blauiana Vol. 1 Atlas Maior Sive Cosmographia Blauiana Vol. 1 1665
Atlases - Map of the British Empire in America Map of the British Empire in America 1746
Atlases - Cosmographie Universelle Cosmographie Universelle 1555
Atlases - Atlas sive Cosmographicae Atlas sive Cosmographicae 1595
Atlases - The Compleat Geographer The Compleat Geographer 1723
Atlases - Atlas of the Union and Confederate Armies Atlas of the Union and Confederate Armies 1891
Atlases - Atlas of the Historical Geography of the Holy Land Atlas of the Historical Geography of the Holy Land 1915
Atlases - A Literary & Historical Atlas of America A Literary & Historical Atlas of America 1911
Atlases - Civitates Orbis Terrarum Vol. 1 Civitates Orbis Terrarum Vol. 1 1572
Atlases - The Atlas of Physical Geography The Atlas of Physical Geography 1850
Atlases - Atlas Manuale Atlas Manuale 1723
Atlases - Islario General de Todas las Islas del Mundo Islario General de Todas las Islas del Mundo 1550
Atlases - Geographia Antiqua Latinorum et Graecorum Geographia Antiqua Latinorum et Graecorum 1721
Atlases - Atlas de Historia fisica y Politica de Chile Vol. 2 Atlas de Historia fisica y Politica de Chile Vol. 2 1854
Atlases - Atlas Maior Sive Cosmographia Blauiana Vol. 5 Atlas Maior Sive Cosmographia Blauiana Vol. 5 1662
Atlases - Atlas of the World's Commerce Atlas of the World's Commerce 1907
Atlases - Atlas Maior Sive Cosmographia Blauiana Vol. 11 Atlas Maior Sive Cosmographia Blauiana Vol. 11 1662
Atlases - Description de l'Univers Vol. 4 Description de l'Univers Vol. 4 1683
Atlases - The Excursion of the One Who Yearns to Penetrate the Horizons The Excursion of the One Who Yearns to Penetrate the Horizons 1300
Atlases - Atlas National Illustre Atlas National Illustre 1856
Atlases - Liber Insularum Arcipelagi Liber Insularum Arcipelagi 1470
Atlases - Taboas Geraes de Toda a Navegação Taboas Geraes de Toda a Navegação 1630
Atlases - Atlas Maior Sive Cosmographia Blauiana Vol. 7 Atlas Maior Sive Cosmographia Blauiana Vol. 7 1662
Atlases - Civitates Orbis Terrarum Vol. 2 Civitates Orbis Terrarum Vol. 2 1575
Atlases - Miller Atlas Miller Atlas 1519
Atlases - The Royal Atlas & Gazetteer of Australasia The Royal Atlas & Gazetteer of Australasia 1890
Atlases - Catalan Atlas Catalan Atlas 1375
Atlases - Vallard Atlas Vallard Atlas 1547
Atlases - Arbuckles' Illustrated Atlas of the United States of America Arbuckles' Illustrated Atlas of the United States of America 1889
Atlases - A Literary & Historical Atlas of Europe A Literary & Historical Atlas of Europe 1910
Atlases - Atlas Geographus Vol. 1 Atlas Geographus Vol. 1 1711
Atlases - Constable's Hand Atlas of India Constable's Hand Atlas of India 1893
Atlases - The Illustrated Atlas The Illustrated Atlas 1851
Atlases - The Library Reference Atlas of the World The Library Reference Atlas of the World 1890
Atlases - Atlas Maior Sive Cosmographia Blauiana Vol. 9 Atlas Maior Sive Cosmographia Blauiana Vol. 9 1662
Atlases - Atlas Maior Sive Cosmographia Blauiana Vol. 6 Atlas Maior Sive Cosmographia Blauiana Vol. 6 1662
Atlases - Colton's Illustrated Cabinet Atlas Colton's Illustrated Cabinet Atlas 1859

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