Press Release: Mayflower


Nathaniel Philbrick

Introduced by Paul Theroux

‘A judicious, fascinating work of revisionist history’
new york times

In this lavishly illustrated Folio edition of Mayflower, Nathaniel Philbrick presents the true story behind America’s sacred 400-year-old history, giving equal voice to the immigrant forefathers and the Native Americans. Based on exhaustive research and exhibiting a rare gift for creating a captivating yet scholarly narrative, Philbrick – one of America’s best-known historians – puts right an oft misrepresented history.

In 1620 the Mayflower and its cargo of 102 passengers, plus their meagre collection of possessions, made slow progress from England to America on a perilous journey thwarted by unmerciful weather and a leaking ship. Having set sail from their ‘un-Godly’ homeland to establish a new colony where they could freely practise their religious beliefs, the Pilgrim Fathers selected New Plymouth as the site of their maiden colony. Just a generation after their arrival, the tentative mutual respect that existed between the Native Americans and Pilgrim immigrants disintegrated into outright warfare that wreaked unimaginable destruction on the native population.

To complement Philbrick’s work, Folio picture researchers have widely searched and sourced an incredible collection of colour illustrations from, and related to, the historical period. Oil paintings such as Washing the Fur and Sorting the Wool depict daily life, Native American culture is portrayed in engravings such as Philip, King of Mount Hope and artefacts of cultural significance – The Elio Indian Bible and a brass peace medal – further enrich the narrative. Seven maps throughout the book plot expeditions and key geographical locations, while the endpapers include exquisite detailing from a map of New England drawn by celebrated 17th-century cartographer John Seller. This is the ultimate edition of the story that founded America.

Novelist and travel writer Paul Theroux brilliantly introduces what is essentially a two-fold story – the arrival and integration of the Pilgrims, and the colony’s descent into all-out war just a generation later.

Product information
Bound in blocked cloth with an inset label printed with artwork by Phoebe Roze. Set in Garamond Premier Pro. Frontispiece plus 24 pages of colour illustrations. 646 pages. 7 maps. Printed endpapers. Cloth slipcase. 9½˝ x 6½˝.

UK £44.95 US $69.95 Can $88.95 Aus $99.95


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