World’s largest book on display in Australian library

Sydney, June 19 (IANS) The world’s largest book, a giant atlas weighing 150 kg, has been put on display at the State Library here, media reported on Friday.

The book will be on display for one month starting Friday.

The atlas, Earth Platinum, measures 1.8 metres by 2.7 metres, ABC reported.

There are only 31 copies of the book, which was released by Australian publisher Millennium House in 2012. The state library copy is the only one in Australia.

Over 100 international cartographers, geographers and photographers were involved in the production of the atlas which contains 128 pages — 61 pages of maps and 27 images of famous locations including Vatican City’s St. Peter’s Basilica and Peru’s ancient ctadel, Machu Picchu.

Many of the images were made from stitching together 1,000 individual photographs. The largest image has 12,000 photographs.

Until now, the British Library held the record for the world’s largest atlas with the 1660 Klencke Atlas.

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