Discovery

Discovery

The Quest for the Great South Land

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Baker & Taylor
Presents a chronicle of the centuries of searching by explorers convinced that the bottom of the world must contain a great Terra Incognita, whose mass balanced the land at the top, a conviction that led to the discovery of Australia

Eloquence
Across two millennia, the story of the unveiling of a continent, told through the lives and adventures of dreamers and conquistadors, navigators and merchants, mapmakers and buccaneers.

Six centuries before the birth of Christ, people began to imagine an immense land at the bottom of the world, a land of marvels, of enormous wealth and mystery. Discovery is the story of the quest which compelled men in small ships to traverse unknown seas, endure extraordinary hardships, and slowly unveil the sixth continent. The story begins among Greek philosophers on the shores of the Mediterranean. It ends two millennia later in the vast Southern Ocean. Lucidly and concisely, Miriam Estensen tells an absorbing tale of mapmakers and lonely caravels, Spanish hidalgos and Dutch merchants, remote coasts and castaways, buccaneers and dreamers. At the heart of Discovery is the power of a myth and the adventures and sacrifices of those who pursued it, for this is the story of how an imagined place was made real, how the speculations of visionaries became Terra Incognita and then Australia.


Book News
Begins with Greek philosophers six centuries before our era speculating on an immense land at the bottom of the world; then recounts the story of mapmakers, lonely caravels, Spanish hidalgos, Dutch merchants, remote coasts, castaways, buccaneers, and dreamers. Finally, in the Great South Sea, describes the slow revelation of the sixth continent. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Holtzbrinck
Across two millennia, the story of the unveiling of a continent, told through the lives and adventures of dreamers and conquistadors, navigators and merchants, mapmakers and buccaneers.

Six centuries before the birth of Christ, people began to imagine an immense land at the bottom of the world, a land of marvels, of enormous wealth and mystery. Discovery is the story of the quest which compelled men in small ships to traverse unknown seas, endure extraordinary hardships, and slowly unveil the sixth continent. The story begins among Greek philosophers on the shores of the Mediterranean. It ends two millennia later in the vast Southern Ocean. Lucidly and concisely, Miriam Estensen tells an absorbing tale of mapmakers and lonely caravels, Spanish hidalgos and Dutch merchants, remote coasts and castaways, buccaneers and dreamers. At the heart of Discovery is the power of a myth and the adventures and sacrifices of those who pursued it, for this is the story of how an imagined place was made real, how the speculations of visionaries became Terra Incognita and then Australia.
Six centuries before the birth of Christ, people began to imagine an immense land at the bottom of the world, a land of marvels, of enormous wealth and mystery. Discovery is the story of the quest which compelled men in small ships to traverse unknown seas, endure extraordinary hardships, and slowly unveil the sixth continent. The story begins among Greek philosophers on the shores of the Mediterranean. It ends two millennia later in the vast Southern Ocean. Lucidly and concisely, Miriam Estensen tells an absorbing tale of mapmakers and lonely caravels, Spanish hidalgos and Dutch merchants, remote coasts and castaways, buccaneers and dreamers. At the heart of Discovery is the power of a myth and the adventures and sacrifices of those who pursued it, for this is the story of how an imagined place was made real, how the speculations of visionaries became Terra Incognita and then Australia.


Baker
& Taylor

Presents a spellbinding chronicle of the centuries of searching by explorers convinced that the bottom of the world must contain a great Terra Incognita, whose mass balanced the land at the top, a conviction that led to the discovery of Australia.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's, c1999.
ISBN: 9780312217563
0312217560
Branch Call Number: 919.4 EST
Characteristics: x, 286 p. {6] l. of plates : ill. (some col.), maps ; 21 cm.

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