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Runes of the North
Runes of the North
Paperback      ISBN: 0816629943

In Runes of the North Sigurd Olson explores his feelings about the haunting appeal of the wilderness. He recounts how the legends of the northern vastness of Canada and Alaska have influenced him.

In the introduction, Olson writes, "My runes have come from the wilderness, for in its solitude, silence, and freedom .... I know there are moments of insight when ancient truths do stand out more vividly, and one senses anew his relationship to the earth and to all life".

Runes of the North explores these values, insights, and truths. Olson weaves the tales and myths with his own stories and experiences as an explorer, writer, grandfather, and biologist. "This inner world has to do with the wilderness from which we came", he writes, "timelessness, cosmic rhythms, and the deep feelings men have for an unchanged environment".

Olson tells of Native American legends and traditions, like dream catchers and wild rice harvests, as well as the pure pleasure of the Finnish sauna. Each story portrays the special magic one finds in the wilderness and is filled with moments, that Olson writes, "are worth waiting for, and when they come in some unheralded instant of knowing, they are of the purest gold".

Mapmakers
Mapmakers
Paperback      ISBN: 0394753038
Historic Maritime Maps
Historic Maritime Maps
Hardcover      ISBN: 1844843890
The selection of maps in this book dates from the 12th to the 18th century. While they may appear quite primitive to our eyes, they reveal the steady progress of the earliest seafarers in their determination to conquer the sea. What they lack in geographical accuracy, they make up for in charm.
Mapping of America
Mapping of America
by Tooley
Hardcover      ISBN: 0900470917
Maps with the News: The Development of American Journalistic Cartography
Maps with the News
The Development of American Journalistic Cartography
Paperback      ISBN: 0226534138
Maps with the News is a lively assessment of the role of cartography in American journalism. Tracing the use of maps in American news reporting from the eighteenth century to the 1980s, Mark Monmonier explores why and how journalistic maps have achieved such importance.

A most welcome and thorough investigation of a neglected aspect of both the history of cartography and modern cartographic practice.--Mapline

A well-written, scholarly treatment of journalistic cartography. . . . It is well researched, thoroughly indexed and referenced . . . amply illustrated.--Judith A. Tyner, Imago Mundi

There is little doubt that Maps with the News should be part of the training and on the desks of all those concerned with producing maps for mass consumption, and also on the bookshelves of all journalists, graphic artists, historians of cartography, and geographic educators.--W. G. V. Balchin, Geographical Journal

A definitive work on journalistic cartography.--Virginia Chipperfield, Society of University Cartographers Bulletin

The Island of Lost Maps: A True Story of Cartographic Crime
The Island of Lost Maps
A True Story of Cartographic Crime
Paperback      ISBN: 0767908260

Explores the unusual odyssey of Gilbert Joseph Bland, Jr., an antiques dealer from South Florida, who stole dozens of centuries-old maps from some of the most important research libraries in Canada and the U.S.

The Island of Lost Maps: A True Story of Cartographic Crime
The Island of Lost Maps
A True Story of Cartographic Crime
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 0375501517

Explores the unusual odyssey of Gilbert Joseph Bland, Jr., an antiques dealer from South Florida, who stole dozens of centuries-old maps from some of the most important research libraries in Canada and the U.S.

Country Life Book of Antique Maps
Country Life Book of Antique Maps
Hardcover      ISBN: 1555213634

A look at how earlier generations saw the world around them, with reproductions of maps from an earlier age and advice on the nuances of collecting and looking at maps

Imagined Corners: Exploring The World's First Atlas
Imagined Corners
Exploring The World's First Atlas
Hardcover      ISBN: 0747230404

Published in Antwerp in 1570, the Theatrum orbis terrarum did something no previous book had doneit presented the world in all its component parts, offering the chance to see our planet as a place of staggering variety and ultimate unity. It was the world s first atlas. Brainchild of Abraham Ortelius, the Theatrum reflected the enormous vitality of the era, the prevailing zest for exploration and discovery, and the linked activities of international commerce and mapmaking. Paul Binding has immersed himself in the Antwerp that produced Ortelius and his atlas, and he draws on a mass of letters, personal documents, maps, and pictures to bring it vividly to life. A masterly volume that stands as a tribute to the human need to impose order and reason on an all-too-turbulent world."

The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition
The Endurance
Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 0375404031

In August 1914, days before the outbreak of the First World War, the renowned explorer Ernest Shackleton and a crew of twenty-seven set sail for the South Atlantic in pursuit of the last unclaimed prize in the history of exploration: the first crossing on foot of the Antarctic continent. Weaving a treacherous path through the freezing Weddell Sea, they had come within eighty-five miles of their destination when their ship, Endurance, was trapped fast in the ice pack. Soon the ship was crushed like matchwood, leaving the crew stranded on the floes. Their ordeal would last for twenty months, and they would make two near-fatal attempts to escape by open boat before their final rescue.

Drawing upon previously unavailable sources, Caroline Alexander gives us a riveting account of Shackleton's expedition--one of history's greatest epics of survival. And she presents the astonishing work of Frank Hurley, the Australian photographer whose visual record of the adventure has never before been published comprehensively. Together, text and image re-create the terrible beauty of Antarctica, the awful destruction of the ship, and the crew's heroic daily struggle to stay alive, a miracle achieved largely through Shackleton's inspiring leadership.

The survival of Hurley's remarkable images is scarcely less miraculous: The original glass plate negatives, from which most of the book's illustrations are superbly reproduced, were stored in hermetically sealed cannisters that survived months on the ice floes, a week in an open boat on the polar seas, and several more months buried in the snows of a rocky outcrop called Elephant Island. Finally Hurley was forced to abandon his professional equipment; he captured some of the most unforgettable images of the struggle with a pocket camera and three rolls of Kodak film.

Published in conjunction with the American Museum of Natural History's landmark exhibition on Shackleton's journey, The Endurance thrillingly recounts one of the last great adventures in the Heroic Age of exploration--perhaps the greatest of them all.