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Branner Blog » Blog Archive » Two atlases on display at Branner Library
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Branner Library’s new exhibit features two vastly different atlases, one designed specifically for “the masses” and the other to be so exclusive that only “1 in 3.3 million people” on the planet will own it.

The Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge in England was formed in 1826 specifically to create works about a variety of subject matter, written in a plain manner and published at a reasonable price allowing for mass readership. The atlas on display is one of the last printed by the group from 1844.

Millennium House published “Earth” in 2008 and issued two editions: two thousand copies of the Royal Blue and one thousand copies of the Imperial Gold. The atlas is truly spectacular with 355 maps and over 800 photographs many of them taken by National Geographic photographers. Designed to impress, it certainly fulfills its mission.

Come by and take a look for yourself!

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