On The Edge. Mapping North America's Coasts.
viii 251p hardback, decorative dustjacket, illustrated, a bright and firm copy, like new. Buchnummer des Verkäufers PAB 178675
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In On the Edge, Roger McCoy tells the captivating?and often harrowing?story of the 400 year effort to map North America's Coasts. Much of the book is based on the narratives of mariners who sought a passage through the continent to Asia and produced maps as a byproduct of their journeys. These courageous explorers had to rely on the most rudimentary mapping tools and to contend with unimaginably harsh conditions: ship-crushing ice floes; the threat of frostbite, scurvy, and starvation; gold fever and mutiny; ice that could lock them in for months on end; and, inevitably, the failure to find the elusive Northwest passage. Telling the story from the explorers' perspective, McCoy allows readers to see how maps of their voyages were made and why they were so full of errors, as well as how they gradually acquired greater accuracy, especially after the longitude problem was solved. On the Edge tracks the dramatic voyages of John Cabot, John Davis, Captain Cook, Henry Hudson, Martin Frobisher, John Franklin (who nearly starved to death and become known in England as "the man who ate his boots"), and others, concluding with Robert Peary, Otto Sverdrup, and Vihjalmur Steffanson in the early twentieth century.
Drawing upon diaries, journals, and other primary sources?and including a set of maps charting the progress of exploration over time? On the Edge shows exactly how we came to know the shape of our continent.
Rezension: "This delightful and engaging historical geography is much more about exploring coasts than mapping them. What McCoy (emer., Utah) does well is to compile a chronology of several centuries of European mariners' exploits reproduced or imagined by cartographers, and to do so in a single coherent narrative and set of maps of consistent scale to illustrate the accumulation of cartographic knowledge of North American coasts up to the early 20th century. Always driving exploration was a desire to locate a Northwest Passage. The author's maps catalog the rate, extent, and accuracy of coastal exploration and mapping from the slow and awkward early years, when decades might pass before another explorer appeared, to the final intense and dramatic efforts to explore and map Arctic coastlines. The author's writing is crisp, and the book is an accessible, enjoyable read. Summing Up: Highly recommended." -- Choice
Titel: On The Edge. Mapping North America's Coasts.
Verlag: Oxford University Press, Oxford University Press
Zustand: As New
Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Dust Jacket Included
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