Rand McNally, the world's largest independent mapmaker, says it will begin printing a new world atlas next week reflecting the political independence of the three Baltic nations.

Presses will begin rolling Tuesday at Rand McNally's book manufacturing plant in Indianapolis as the company prints "The New Cosmopolitan World Atlas."The publisher said this will be the first world atlas to depict Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia as independent countries.

Randy McNally said it interrupted production of the atlas Aug. 26, then made revisions in the Baltics after the United States government officially recognized the new countries Sept. 2.

The altas is to be shipped to bookstores and other outlets nationwide during the week of Oct. 8.