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4.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite, 25 Oct 2010
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This review is from: The Great Explorers (Hardcover)
This book is a must for lovers of natural history, exploration and science. It is extremely well produced with the most beautiful botanical drawings, maps, and portraiture. The colour printing used to reproduce the pictures is fabulous.
The book looks at the main explorers and gives each of them approx 2 - 5 pages each. There are chapters at the beginning that discuss oceans and maps etc. So its up to you to "explore" further yourself. There is a fabulous "further reading" section at the back. Ideal as a family reference book and probably better in hardback as it suits the style of the content.
It is quite an ambitious book in the content it is trying to cover but I think it does well to give a synopsis of some fabulous characters from history. Hence the 4 stars. It leads up to present day. I think the few modern pictures at the end ruin the romantic feel of the book. Kick's one back to reality.
If I received this as a gift I would clap with delight.

The book is hardback approx 24 x 18 cm's and 3 cm's thick. It has 204 illustrations.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Great Explorers: my find of the year, 27 Jan 2011
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This review is from: The Great Explorers (Hardcover)
"The Great Explorers" provides an inspiring introduction to the lives of a selection of explorers, some of whom will be far from well known. The brief biographies range across time and location whetting the apetite to find out more about the cast of characters; helpfully assisted by a further reading guide.

Produced in hardback on thick quality paper the books combination of text and period illustrations makes it a joy to read. Without a doubt this was my find of the year; a book I'll return to time and time again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful illustrations - a real coffee table delight, 29 Dec 2012
This review is from: The Great Explorers (Hardcover)
Just received this as a Christmas present having had it on my wish list for too long, and it has completely surpassed my expectations. An A4 hardback beauty chock full of gorgeous photos and drawings. Each chapter covers a different explorer, including Columbus, Da Gama, Magellan, Costeau, and many others. I have only just started it, but already am really pleased with this book and look forward to learning all about these incredible feats of human exploration.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent All Round Book, 3 Mar 2014
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This review is from: The Great Explorers (Hardcover)
I really enjoyed this read. This excellent summery / overview gives you a brief history of some 40 explorers, from lots of different fields of exploration. The areas covered are: Oceans, land, rivers, polar ice, desserts, earth & frontiers.
They are from all over the world, men & women. Their personalities are also discussed, which is very interesting, as is the fact that many were multi-talented and multi vocational.
This makes the reading very interesting as you are quickly on to a new explorer or subject. There are also many fine illustrations.
It is type of book that makes you want to explore a little further about these people. This is a first class reference book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read!, 15 Feb 2012
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This is an ideal book for dipping into. The writers are varied and make their subjects interesting but one feels aware that they have been given a specific number of words to write. A little flexibility would be preferable. Not a big glossy coffee table book but a comfortable size with good illustrations.I recommend it.
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The Great Explorers by Robin Hanbury-Tenison (Hardcover - 4 Oct 2010)
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