Andrea De Porti
One of the most exciting periods of exploration coincided with the invention of photography. As a result, the most important expeditions over the last 160 years were captured and preserved by incredibly dramatic images. Explorers gathers together hundreds of these rare archival photographs plus maps, prints and drawings reproduced on stunning gatefolds.
Text includes a short biography of each explorer, the extraordinary stories of their expeditions and passages from their personal journals. In all, 53 stories are featured. Many are familiar and others less known but deserving of wider recognition. Several women also receive just due for their unequaled bravery and fortitude.
Some of the explorers featured are:
David Livingstone and the “missionary road”
Henry Stanley, looking for Livingstone
Isabella Bird Bishop in China
Ernest Shackleton in Antarctica
Timothy O’Sullivan recording the Wild West
Roald Amundsen, the Northwest Passage and the South Pole
Gertrude Bell in Iraq
Maria Reiche in Peru
Thor Heyerdahl and the Kon-Tiki raft across the Pacific
Freya Stark, a solitary female explorer of the Middle East
Nikolai Mikhailovich Przhevalsky, mapmaker to the czar
Edmund Hillary atop Mount Everest
Challenger exploring deep space
Alexandra David-Néel in the heart of Tibet.
Those interested in history and exploration will find Explorers an engaging addition to their library.