Hardback
August 1, 2003
9780295983585
English
224
200 maps, 150 in color
12.75 Inches (US)
9.50 Inches (US)
3.55 Pounds (US)
$65.00 USD
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Historical Atlas of the Arctic

The vast empty spaces of the Poles were the last frontier to be assailed by explorers intent on achieving a geographical goal—the North Pole was finally reached in 1909. But long before that men sailed the seas searching for an easier and shorter path to the riches of the orient, and the mapmakers of the day translated sparse information, turning it into often stunningly beautiful maps. The fact that most of the information required to make such a map was missing or erroneous mattered little; the maps live on as testimony to hopes and dreams.

The idea that the Arctic Ocean was an open sea, unable to freeze due to movement and size, drove early mariners to attempt to sail across the top of the world to reach the spices of the east. In so doing, maps were made showing the routes men thought they could take, and the routes they actually took, which were usually vastly different.

Almost 200 historical maps, many never before reproduced, from collections around the world, illustrate all the significant Arctic explorations from the sixteenth century until well into the twentieth. Readable yet scholarly text informs the maps, as each double-page spread tells a story in itself.

About the Author

Derek Hayes , author of the award-winning Historical Atlas of the Pacific Northwest, trained as a geographer at the University of Hull in England and the University of British Columbia.

Reviews

"The shape of the Arctic melts and reforms before readers' eyes as they peruse this magnificent collection of maps that illustrate humans' conception of the Arctic regions from 1483 to 2000..A beautiful book."—Choice

"Hayes includes a plethora of detail, swashbuckling anecdotes and analytical overviews, all written so well that the atlas is a real page turner..[A]n impressive book, delivering both content and aesthetics."—Peninsula Clarion

University of Washington Press

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