The Explorer's Eye: First-hand Accounts of Adventure and Exploration

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The golden moments of exploration and adventure - glorious, triumphant, perilous and dramatic.

In the 18th century, exploration entered a new dimension - explorers were motivated by scientific inquiry rather than greed. To this end they were expected to make a full record of everything they encountered; and for the first time in history, that record was to include pictures as well as words. Combining gripping first-hand accounts with original images, THE EXPLORER'S EYE gives an insight into who these people were and what they saw.

They were a mixed bunch but, whatever their training or background, they provided a vivid portrait of the unknown. In the early days they drew their own pictures, later they were equipped with draughtsmen, later still they carried cameras, and ultimately they were accompanied by film crews. The power of their images is matched by that of their journals. Here you have Alexander von Humboldt braving the electric eels of South America and Robert Peary explaining his relationships with Eskimos.

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Annabel Merullo is a publisher and editor specialising in illustrated books. She is the co-creator of the internationally successful series of CENTURY books. A Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, she is currently involved in the creation of an arts festival.
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Weidenfeld & Nicolson
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Published on
Mar 12, 2009
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Pages
240
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ISBN
9780297856993
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English
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Travel / General
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