The Glory of Atlases
Hekman Library collects print atlases very selectively. Why? They tend to be quite expensive because they're typically oversize, and they include a lot of color illustrations. Also, the paper quality is usually better than you'd find in the average academic book.
Our newest atlas is The Social Atlas of Europe, (2014, Policy Press at the University of Chicago). The very last map in the volume is one of Europe at night. It's a NASA photo. On the same page there's this quote: "The aim of [this] atlas is to show Europe as a whole, concentrating first where most Europeans are, and then on how they differ from each other." The map clearly illustrates that outside of Euope people are much less wasteful of energy. This is mostly because they have much less to waste. (Photo on the right from viewsoftheworld.net. Map created by Benjamin Hennig).
You maybe didn't realize that all atlases are not simply volumes of world maps. We have many special topic atlases in politics, linguistics, environmental sciences, women's studies, and of course, religion, to name but a few. Here are some to sample with delight. Click on the title and you'll go right to the catalog record.
- Atlas of Yellowstone, 2012, University of California Press
- Atlas of Islam, 1800-2000, 2010, Brill Academic Publishers
- Atlas of the 2008 Elections, 2011, Roman & Littlefield
- The Atlas of Water: Mapping the World's Most Critical Resource, 2016, University of California Press
- Atlas of Remote Islands: Fifty Islands I Have Never Set Foot On and Never Will, by Judith Schalansky, 2010.