Press Release: Into the Unknown
Into the Unknown
Tales from the Great Explorers
From the archives of the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers)
Introduced by Alexander Maitland
The Folio Society has collected 14 of the most remarkable accounts of journeys undertaken in exploration’s heroic age. All were sourced from the archives of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), where many of the world’s most distinguished explorers gave acclaimed lectures on their experiences.
This edition, which is exclusive to The Folio Society, is lavishly illustrated with over 50 photographs – many previously unpublished – taken during expeditions by the explorers themselves which capture both the grandeur of nature and the intimate details of their travels.
Spanning almost a century, from Speke and Grant’s 1863 report of their search for the source of the Nile to John Hunt and Edmund Hillary’s thrilling description of the conquest of Everest in 1953. Many describe groundbreaking expeditions: Fridtjof Nansen was the first to cross Greenland’s icecap; Roald Amundsen the first to sail the North-West Passage, and Bertram Thomas to cross the magnificent Rub‘ Al-Khali desert of Southern Arabia.
Other journeys were in the name of science and curiosity – Katherine Scoresby Routledge’s survey of the statues and peoples of Easter Island; archaeologist Marc Aurel Stein’s uncovering of the ancient Buddhist settlements along the Silk Road, or Thor Heyerdahl’s extraordinary experiment sailing from Peru to Polynesia in the Kon-Tiki.
Yet often in these epic accounts, heroism and hardship is blended with humour and fascinating incidentals – Theodore Roosevelt (in the Brazilian rainforest) laments that ants ate his underwear, while Freya Stark (exploring the Valley of the Assassins in Persia) bribed an official with toothpaste. This edition is introduced by travel writer and biographer, Alexander Maitland, who worked closely with some of the contributors, including Wilfred Thesiger and Freya Stark.
Bound in printed and blocked cloth. Set in Bulmer. 440 pages. 56 integrated black & white photographs. 10” x 6¼”.
UK £39.95 US $69.95 Can $84.95 Aus $87.95
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