Unknown Lands

Unknown Lands

The Log Books of the Great Explorers

Book - 2002
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WW Norton
Five centuries of eyewitness accounts, drawings, and notes, taken straight from the log books of such famous explorers as Christopher Columbus, Ferdinand Magellan, Vasco de Gama, James Cook, and many others who names have been lost, appear in these glowing pages. For the sake of gold and God, these explorers ventured into the Sea of Darkness feared for centuries; the detailed documents they compiled are a remarkable testament to their journeys and discoveries.François Bellec, a world famous expert in the field of maritime exploration and history, has assembled a unique document filled with extraordinary maps drawn by the explorers and their cartographers; fabulous depictions of newly encountered plants, animals, and native people; and detailed illustrations of the adventurers' own vessels and instruments, as well as the boats and instruments of technology that they encountered.Bellec's seamless text and stunning images magnificently convey the sense of wonder and excitement that new sights and experiences inspire. Unknown Lands is a visually stunning book and a historical record of the great discoveries that challenged and changed the understanding of European culture. This is a volume sure to transport readers.
This remarkable and beautiful book documents the period of exploration and enlightenment when the Old World began to open its mind to the wonders and mysteries of the New World.

Baker & Taylor
An illustrated celebration of the mapmakers and mythmakers from the European age of exploration features dozens of maps, paintings, and engravings detailing the European vision of lands beyond the horizon.

Blackwell North Amer
In the late Middle Ages, as the European Renaissance began to spread north from the Mediterranean and lay the foundation for a broader European culture, fascination with the New World, the land that lay beyond, also began to take hold. A great many expeditions set out to explore these unknown lands. It was a period of maritime expansion that broadened horizons and brought together men from all walks of life on what seemed to be a civilizing mission, however arrogantly perceived, and despite the fact that these sea voyages often turned out to be full of mercenary intent, replete with violence and destruction.
Some of these explorers remain anonymous while others - such as Christopher Columbus, Ferdinand Magellan, Vasco de Gama, and James Cook - have gone down in history as great Conquistadores, but all were considered crazy for setting out on journeys whose parameters were of such an unknown magnitude. Regardless of where these men came from or what fate held in store for them, their log books - spanning five centuries of history - remain a testament to their courage and their confidence, as well as their misgivings and their fears. These are the explorers' eye-witness accounts of their perceptions of the New World and their logs magnificently convey the sense of wonder that new sights and experiences can inspire.

Baker
& Taylor

A vividly illustrated celebration of the mapmakers and mythmakers from the European age of exploration features dozens of maps, paintings, and engravings detailing the European vision of lands beyond the horizon. 10,000 first printing.

Publisher: Woodstock, NY : Overlook Press, 2002
ISBN: 9781585672011
1585672017
Branch Call Number: 910.9 BELLE
Characteristics: 213 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color maps ; 35 cm

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