Limited edition atlas to be launched at book fair
Sharjah, October 19, 2008
Earth, an enormous 580- page atlas that will never be repeated, will be launched in the UAE at the Sharjah World Book Fair later this month.
The atlas is the brainchild of Australian publishing company Millennium House. It was created by Australian Gordon Cheers, managing director and co-founder of Millennium House, and is billed as a time capsule of the Earth as it stands today.
Earth had its world debut in Sydney on October 9, 2008, after which it left Australia for a tour of the world with its final destination at the Sharjah World Book Fair on October 29.
The collection of Earth consists of 2 editions, blue and gold, totalling 3,000 copies. Each copy is numbered with a signed Certificate of Authenticity.
The Blue Edition of Earth consisting of 2,000 copies and is hand bound in custom dyed Royal Blue leather with cover and pages gilded in silver and will be available at the Book Fair in Sharjah and major book retailers throughout the world.
The Gold Edition consists of 1,000 copies hand bound in gold leather with gold gilding and foiling. This edition will not be available in shops. It has been created for a select group of individuals, corporates and collectors.
Both editions arrive presented in a leather bound preservation case ensuring that each copy of Earth can be handed down for many generations.
Following printing of the 3,000 copies, Earth’s plates will be destroyed, meaning only one in 2.2 million people can ever own the atlas. Leisurecorp, one of Dubai World's flagship companies, has sponsored a number of the Gold Edition copies.
Commenting on the significance of this publication, Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, chairman, Dubai World said: "Reaching for ambitious goals, like Gordon Cheers’ Earth, is the story of Dubai. Our tiny Emirate has spread its wings across the globe, thanks to the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
"Under his guidance, our people have reached out and created one of the most vibrant and exciting cities in the world. As you look through this outstanding atlas, we hope you will recognise the parallels it has with our company.”
Earth takes cartography and publishing to a new stratosphere. More than 100 international cartographers, oceanographers and geographers have produced and collated 170 pages of maps and the editorial team have written over 350,000 words. Also included are four gatefold spreads, which each extend to 6 feet (1.8 m) across, one of which features Earth’s city lights. A team of 50 editors and writers have amassed fascinating geographical facts and carefully selected the best images from the National Geographic and Nasa libraries. In years to come, when the landscape of the world has changed dramatically, Earth will remain as a legacy and a time capsule for all to view, said a statement.
Earth has been a 20-year professional dream for Australian publisher, Gordon Cheers that led him to create his own company, Millennium House. Now known internationally as one of the most authoritative reference publishing houses in the world, Cheers said of this remarkable achievement: “The fine craft of hand binding books is becoming lost in our technological age. This, together with our dependence on electronic technology means that Earth may very well be the only world atlas of this grandeur to ever be published."– TradeArabia News Service