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Archipelago : An Atlas of Imagined Islands - Huw Lewis-Jones

Archipelago

An Atlas of Imagined Islands

Hardcover Published: 19th September 2019
ISBN: 9780500022566
Number Of Pages: 192

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A new atlas of imaginary islands conjured up by an international gathering of illustrators, including Bill Bragg and Chris Riddell.

‘Think of this atlas as the beginning of a journey and a kind of island guidebook, a rough guide to far-flung places, a Baedeker of make-believe, and a new page waiting to be filled. The cycle of Crusoes continues‘ Huw Lewis-Jones

Islomania is a recognized affliction. But what is it about islands that is so alluring, and why do so many people find these self-contained worlds completely irresistible? Utopia and Atlantis were islands, and islands have captured the imaginations of writers and artists for centuries. Venetian sailors were the first to make collections of them by drawing maps of those they visited in their isolari – literally the ‘island books’. Then in 1719 Daniel Defoe published his tale of a castaway on a desert island, Robinson Crusoe, one of the first great novels in the history of literature and an instant bestseller. Defoe’s tale combined the real and the imagined and transformed them into a compelling creative landscape, establishing a whole literary genre and unleashing the power of an island for storytelling.

To celebrate the tercentenary of Robinson Crusoe’s publication, a truly international range of leading illustrators imagine they too have been washed up on their own remote island. In a specially created map they visualize what it looks like, what it’s called and what can be found on its mythical shores. In a panoply of astonishingly creative and often surprising responses, we are invited to explore a curious and fabulous archipelago of islands of invention that will beguile illustrators, cartographers and dreamers alike.

About the Author

Huw Lewis-Jones is a historian of exploration with a PhD from Cambridge who travels in the Arctic and Antarctica each year as a polar guide. His books include The Conquest of Everest, which won the History Award at the Banff Mountain Festival, The Sea Journal, Explorers' Sketchbooks (with Kari Herbert) and The Writer's Map, which won 'Photography & Illustrated Travel Book of the Year 2018' at the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards.

ISBN: 9780500022566
ISBN-10: 0500022569
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 19th September 2019
Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 26.67 x 20.32  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.73

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