2017, 320 pages, color illustrations on almost every page. One vital piece of equipment has been a constant in explorers’ kits for centuries of adventure – the sketchbook or journal. 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 to and through perilous and unknown environmentsfrozen wastelands, high mountains, barren deserts, and dense rainforestswith 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. Explorers for entomology include Maria Sibylla Merian, Carl Linnaeus, Margaret Fountaine, and Henry Walter Bates (see butterfly sketches above).
Here are profiles, expedition details, and the detailed and beautiful artwork of pioneering explorers and mapmakers, botanists and artists, ecologists and anthropologists, eccentrics and visionaries. Here is the art of discovery.
Hardcover; 10-3/4 x 8″.
Editorial note: This book is a keeper, filled with artwork, writings, compact biographies, and quotes from phenomenal people. It is attractively presented in a format you won’t find or see on the internet. Highly recommended! LF