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Millennium House publishing presents its ginormous atlas EARTH as a legacy for the next generation. Depending on how big your own next generation is at the moment, it could be a few years before he's grown large enough to be able to turn the pages.
The two-foot-tall, 1.5-foot-wide, 580-page hardbound tome is packed chock-a-block with 400,000 words, 750 photos and illustrations, 160 pages of maps, and four pull-out gatefolds that are each six feet long. That basket of cartographical goodness is wrapped in a handbound leather cover that is then numbered by a calligrapher in Hong Kong. And that rather weighty leatherbound goodness is then placed inside a 33-pound preservation case composed of leather-wrapped hardwood.
Lest it sound like the Earth has been ravaged in order to create an atlas – wouldn't that be irony – there will only be 3,000 copies created, in two series: 2,000 Royal Blue, 1,000 Imperial Gold. That latter one will cost you $5,800. That might sound like a lot of money, but when you consider having the entire world at your fingertips, and your child's fingertips once he's out of college, then it might be worth it. And how else would you get the chance to hear your friends say, "My, what a big atlas you have!"