A captivating compendium of rare and exquisite first-hand records of ocean voyages around the world and in different ages, providing a fascinating insight into exploration and adventure at sea.
Dr Huw Lewis-Jones is a historian of exploration with a PhD from the University of Cambridge. He was formerly Curator at the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge, and the National Maritime Museum, London. His books include The Conquest of Everest (winner of the History Award at the Banff Mountain Festival), The Crossing of Antarctica and Across the Arctic Ocean. He is the author, with Kari Herbert, of the bestseller Explorers' Sketchbooks.
'A captivating collection of exquisite first-hand records providing
fascinating insights into exploration and adventure at sea' -
'Beautiful ... readers could easily be left with the impression that all 18th-century seafarers were also talented artists' - CNN Travel
'Lewis-Jones's book has everything from illustrated accounts of whaling voyages and naval battles to depictions of Kamchatkan kayakers and fluorescent sea slugs' - The Scotsman
'Thrilling ... succeeds in illustrating not only the diversity of maritime sketchbooks but also how vital they were for their creators' - Times Literary Supplement
'Magnificent first-hand accounts of the thrills and spills of sea exploration' - The Lady
'The sort of book to curl up with ... you will relish each turn of the page as you explore the nautical journeys ... humorous, poignant and most definitely informative ... this is a book to learn from and treasure' - Family Tree
'Endlessly diverting and beautifully produced' - Daily Telegraph
'A remarkable treasure chest' - Geographical
'Gorgeously produced ... a lovely present for anyone who's fascinated by exploration' - Practical Boat Owner
'Readers of this beautifully-produced volume will be far from miserable, and may even be inspired to keep their own journals and images of life' - Nautilus Telegraph
'One of the most spectacular and fascinating books I have ever read. A real privilege! Superb' - Book Reviews Monthly
'Remarkable' - Bookanista
'Wide-ranging and beautifully illustrated' - Books of the Year, Spectator