Top positive review
16 people found this helpful
on 25 October 2010
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.