Sunday, September 14, 2008

Five best: reference books for a home library

Donald Altschiller, a librarian at Boston University, named a five best list of "reference books [which] are essential for a home library" for the Wall Street Journal.

One title on the list:
Oxford Atlas of the World
Oxford, 2007

Compiled by cartographers and geographers, this beautifully illustrated atlas features the expected physical world maps, which include major cities, towns and roads. But that's just the start. We also learn about the world's geology, atmosphere, water, vegetation and countless other topics. "Oxford Atlas of the World" is an exhaustive, oversize volume, but it is quicker and easier to browse than Google Earth -- and more fun: You're not likely to search online for a satellite view of the purplish Fraser River emptying into inky British Columbia coastal waters, but it's an entrancing view when you stumble across it here.
Read about another title on Altschiller's list.

Related: Rebecca Armstrong: ten best atlases.

--Marshal Zeringue