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Explorers' Sketchbooks : The Art of Discovery & Adventure
by Huw Lewis-jones and Kari Herbert and Robert Macfarlane


Overview - The sketchbook has been the one constant in explorers' kits for centuries of adventure. Often private, they are records of immediate experiences and discoveries, and in their pages we can see what the explorers themselves encountered. This remarkable book showcases 70 such sketchbooks, kept by intrepid men and women as they journeyed perilous and unknown environments--frozen wastelands, high mountains, barren deserts, and dense rainforests--with their senses wide open.  Read more...

 
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Overview
The sketchbook has been the one constant in explorers' kits for centuries of adventure. Often private, they are records of immediate experiences and discoveries, and in their pages we can see what the explorers themselves encountered. This remarkable book showcases 70 such sketchbooks, kept by intrepid men and women as they journeyed perilous and unknown environments--frozen wastelands, high mountains, barren deserts, and dense rainforests--with their senses wide open. Figures such as Charles Darwin and Sir Edmund Hillary are joined here by lesser-known explorers such as Adela Breton, who braved the jungles of Mexico to make a record of Mayan monuments. Here are profiles, expedition details, and the artwork of pioneering explorers and mapmakers, botanists and artists, ecologists and anthropologists, eccentrics and visionaries. Here is the art of discovery.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781452158273
  • ISBN-10: 1452158274
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books
  • Publish Date: March 2017
  • Page Count: 320
  • Dimensions: 8 x 10.95 x 1.65 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds


Related Categories

Books > Reference > Curiosities & Wonders
Books > Biography & Autobiography > Adventurers & Explorers
Books > History > Expeditions & Discoveries

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2017-02-20
  • Reviewer: Staff

This compilation of excerpts and facsimiles of 70 notebooks belonging to explorers throughout history is as educational as it is visually enticing. Readers will lap up John James Audubons Carolina Parakeet drawn in June of 1811, Charles Darwins 1837 tree of life sketch, and Alexandrine Tinnes self-portraits at a ball in 1855 and in a Bedouin tent a year later, among many other illustrations. However, this collection proves to be as much about words, for the writing is exemplary. The exquisite, informative reproductions are supported by hearty and wistful quotes from the explorers and by the authors detailed captions (unfortunately in tiny print). Lewis-Jones and Herberts introduction and essays by four living explorers, most notably Wade Davis, raise the form high. Brief biographies contribute finely crafted, economical rhetoric as well as well-researched material and sound opinions. This bountiful book provides delicious discovery in itself, albeit from the comfort of a chair by the fire. (Apr.)

 
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