The tenth comprehensive edition was published by Times Books in New York in 1999.  It costs approximately $250 USD

Typical questions that would lead you to the use of this book include:  "I can't visualize the borders between Germany and Poland.  Is there a map?  Where is Springfield?  Where is the Volga River?  Is Yucatan a river, area, country?" 

The format of the book is a print, oversize, colorful book with the purpose of being a book of maps that indexed by place names.  The scope of the book is large.  It is one of the best indexed with more than 200,000 names included.  It indexes supplies: name, description (when not a city or town), regional and country locations, map grid, page, as well as latitude and longitude.  The Atlas contains topographic maps and thematic maps, as well as many city maps.  It is one of the most detailed atlas and has large scale maps of major areas.  It is printed on good paper, has a spacious layout with legible printing, good color, and sharp outlines.  The rivers are especially clear.  The size and binding are imposing, however.  Special features include maps and charts of the world's resources and climates as well as an illustrated section of the universe.  It also includes tables.  There is a glossary that translates geographical terms into English

This atlas is geared toward a general audience with dates of coverage all times up to the year of publication.  It is usually revised every 5 years or so but the 1990s saw 5 editions.  The book is used by the index by name, permuted (e.g. "Superior, Lake").  It's strengths include that is has an index that includes country, region, and description (e.g. "river").  It began in 1895.  The weakness is that it is too large to photocopy.

LCSH:  1. Atlases