Historic Expeditions

I love reading travel accounts from bygone eras, when so much of the world was still unknown and could be accessed only by foot, horse or boat. Here are some fascinating accounts of historic journeys:

The Fourth Part of the World by Toby Lester
Click to view The Fourth Part of the World in the SPL catalogThe Waldseemüller world map of 1507 is the 1st that shows the New World as a distinct entity called America, named after Columbus’s contemporary, Amerigo Vespucci, who sailed to South America.  Although this book centers around that spectacular map (of which the only remaining copy is on display at the Library of Congress – go see it if you are ever in D.C.!), it is far more wide-ranging, touching on some of the many expeditions preceding Columbus’s era, from ancient times up to Marco Polo’s famous and disputable journeys. Continue reading “Historic Expeditions”