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REL 208: Global Christianities (Larsen): Atlases

Atlas: A Definition

A collection of maps in a volume.

[This use of the word is said to be derived from a representation of Atlas supporting the heavens placed as a frontispiece to early works of this kind, and to have been first used by Mercator in the 16th c.]

Oxford English Dictionary