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View of Georgetown campus from the Virginia side of the Potomac

View of Georgetown campus from the Virginia side of the Potomac

Maps at Georgetown University

Definition

An atlas is a collection of maps in bound form. Atlases are named after the Greek god, Atlas, and the image of him holding up the world is often associated with atlases.

"atlas." The American Heritage New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition. Houghton Mifflin Company, 2005. 10 Mar. 2011. <Dictionary.com http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/atlas>.


 


Example of an Atlas

The image below is A chart of the world according to Mercator's projection shewing the latest discoveries of Capt. Cook, which is from Mathew Carey's General Atlas.

Map Reproduction Courtesy of the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library.

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