Classic P.E.I. atlas released in more compact format

A 19th century P.E.I. atlas is being refashioned in a new and more portable version.

Meacham's atlas will 'actually fit on a bookshelf'

A 19th century P.E.I. atlas is being refashioned in a new and more portable version.              

The Meacham's Illustrated Historical Atlas of Prince Edward Island was printed in 1880 and was popular among large estate owners.

The PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation has released a new edition, scanned from the original, somewhat large book.

Other publishers have reprinted other versions, but this is a cheaper and more compact edition of the atlas.

Island historian Boyd Beck said he consults his version everyday and other Islanders should be able to too.

"To the point where we can print a thousand of them and say it's there again. You can actually, you know, do what I do at work every day, just on whim, To have it in your house and actually fitting on a bookshelf," said Beck.

"It's part of what we do at the museum. We keep Island history as much as we can in print."

The old atlas would have cost $18 when it was published, about $300 in today's terms, said Beck.

The new book will cost about $30.


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