Explorers’ Sketchbooks

The Art of Discovery & Adventure



ISBN: 9780500252192 Category:

Huw Lewis-Jones, Kari Herbert


Despite dramatic advances in technology and equipment over the centuries, there is one vital piece of kit in most explorers’ pockets that hasn’t changed much at all – the journal.

The sketchbooks and journals presented here allow us the opportunity to share, through their own eyes and thoughts, the on-the-spot reactions of around 70 intrepid individuals as they journeyed into frozen waters, high mountains, barren deserts and rich rainforests. Some are well known, such as Captain Scott, Charles Darwin, Thor Heyerdahl and Abel Tasman; others are unfamiliar, including Adela Breton, who braved the jungles of Mexico to make an unparalleled record of Maya monuments, and Alexandrine Tinne, who died in her attempt to be the first woman to cross the Sahara. Here are pioneering explorers and map-makers, botanists and artists, ecologists and anthropologists, eccentrics and visionaries, men and women. A handful of living explorers, including Wade Davis, provide their thoughts on the art of exploration.

Often battered and neglected, stored away and perhaps long forgotten, many of these sketchbooks have themselves awaited rediscovery. Now is the chance to open them again…

Additional information

Weight 1460 g
Dimensions 27.5 x 19.4 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 1 October 2016
Number of pages 320
Format Hardback
Dimensions 27.5 x 19.4 cm
Weight 1460 g


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Huw Lewis-Jones is former curator at the Scott Polar Research Institute and National Maritime Museum. Among his other books are Across the Arctic Ocean, The Conquest of Everest and The Crossing of Antarctica. Kari Herbert, explorer Sir Wally Herbert's daughter, is the author of The Explorer's Daughter, In Search of the South Pole and Heart of the Hero.