BOOK OF MARVELS: An Explorer's Miscellany


BOOK OF MARVELS: An Explorer's Miscellany

MARK COLLINS JENKINS    Book Number: 88810    Product format: Hardback

'There be dragons'. In centuries past, undertaking a journey meant a voyage into the unknown, travelling for months or years into unexplored areas on the map where cartographers could only speculate. From desert heat to deadly polar ice, a host of natural hazards awaited the voyagers, yet alongside the dangers, nature revealed monumental wonders. Here is a treasure trove of adventurers' tales from around the globe from their journals, ships' logs, published memoirs and field sketches. Descriptions come from a variety of travellers ranging from Herodotus, Ernest Shackleton and Marco Polo to Herman Melville, Joseph Conrad and Mary Hunter Austin. We see the American West through the eyes of John Wesley Powell, first explorer of the Grand Canyon. Charles Darwin, Matthew Fontain Maury, Henry David Thoreau, Mark Twain, Meriwether Lewis, Rudyard Kipling, here are the deserts, seas, grasslands, forests, peaks and chasms and poles of our wonderful earth in this National Geographic Society glamorous publication. Throughout there are antique paintings and colour images of birds, Himalayan blue sheep, a view of the Andes 1840, a full page engraving of the Temple of Karnak beneath the stars 1875 or a David Roberts of the pyramids and simoom. And quotes from literary geniuses like Castañeda. Beautiful design and typography, 304 large pages, illus. 2009 US edition. Remainder mark.
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ISBN 9781426204098
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