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Explorers' Sketchbooks: The Art of Discovery & Adventure (2016)

by Huw Lewis-Jones

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A very beautiful book. ( )
  lanceparkin | Mar 8, 2019 |
This book is gorgeous! It contains short biographies of various explorers and naturalists along with pages from their journals and sketchbooks that they kept on various outings. There are quick sketches, watercolors, photographs and written notes. This is a short read about some early explorers, some no longer well-remembered with a lot of artwork that is stunning. ( )
1 vote redwritinghood38 | Nov 6, 2018 |
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The book is absolutely beautiful -- well designed, well produced, well printed. The choice of explorers to feature and excerpts from their journals to reprint is inspired and impressed me with the editors' vast knowledge of the history of exploration. And finally, when they decided to arrange the book not chronologically or by branch of science (if they could so arrange this crowd of polymaths) or geographically but alphabetically, that was brilliant. It puts unexpected individuals from different times and places into juxtaposition, often shedding new light upon both. Spanning all continents, pole to pole, and several centuries, this is the ultimate armchair traveller's coffee table book. ( )
1 vote muumi | Apr 4, 2018 |
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A collection of sketches ranging in subject matter from the banal to the sublime. We can't all be globe trotters, but with this volume, we can at least be armchair explorers.
1 vote Katya0133 | Nov 27, 2017 |
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At once alluring and illuminating, the sketches curated for these pages demonstrate the human impulse to live life is more than an "album of journeys" (16). It is a touchstone to the past and future, a web of lives drawn across the earth in the search for what is inside, outside. The vitality of spirit contained within these pages makes Explorers' Sketchbooks an ideal gift for the young person off to college, or the friend recently diagnosed with cancer, or the parent caring for aging parents. It is a beautifully curated reminder of life in the everyday and that the choices we make accumulate before us and are etched into the corners of our lives like dew catching light on spiderwebs. ( )
  sentimental13 | Jul 23, 2017 |
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FOREWORD [by Robert Macfarlane]
One of the most remarkable stories in this remarkable book concerns the explorer-missionary David Livingstone.
Three billion miles from Earth, a robotic spacecraft offers the first glimpse of an icy world at the edge of the solar system.
As Clark noted in his journal: 'We find [that she {Sacagawea}] reconciles all Indians, as to our friendly intentions - a woman with a party of men is a token of peace.'
There is so much still to be discovered right here on Earth. Listen to the wisdom found in these notebooks. All you really need is good preparation, some good companions and, certainly, a good pencil. Go and get lost. You might then find what you were looking for. [18]
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Despite dramatic advances in technology and equipment over the centuries, there is one vital piece of kit in most explorers' pockets that hasn't changed much at all - the journal. The sketchbooks and journals presented here allow us the opportunity to share, through their own eyes and thoughts, the on-the-spot reactions of around 70 intrepid individuals as they journeyed into frozen wastes, high mountains, barren deserts and rich rainforests. Some are well known, such as Captain Scott, Charles Darwin, Thor Heyerdahl and Abel Tasman; others are unfamiliar, including Adela Breton, who braved the jungles of Mexico to make an unparalleled record of Maya monuments, and Alexandrine Tinne, who died in her attempt to be the first woman to cross the Sahara. Here are pioneering explorers and map-makers, botanists and artists, ecologists and anthropologists, eccentrics and visionaries, men and women. A handful of living explorers, including Wade Davis, provide their thoughts on the art of exploration. Often battered and neglected, stored away and perhaps long forgotten, many of these sketchbooks have themselves awaited rediscovery. Now is the chance to open them again...Includes a foreword by Robert Macfarlane and essays by several living explorers, among them Ghillean Prance, Alan Bean and Wade Davis. Includes a foreword by Robert Macfarlane and essays by several living explorers, among them Ghillean Prance, Alan Bean and Wade Davis.

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"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, insight, and discovery, and in their pages we can see what the explorers themselves encountered. Here are carefully selected excerpts from 70 such sketchbooks from explorers through history to the present, records by men and women who journeyed into frozed wastelands, high mountains, barren deserts, and dense rainforests with their senses and curiosity about the world wide open. Here is the art of discovery."--Back cover.… (more)

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