Impossible Journeys

Mathew Lyons
Introduced by the author

Before the modern age, only the intrepid, foolhardy or mad would undertake a voyage of exploration. Impossible Journeys tells the stories of 24 of these extraordinary journeys, from the Middle Ages to the Victorian era.

‘The thing is so difficult that it is not worthwhile attempting it. The thing is so difficult that I cannot help but attempt it.' So said the Swedish civil servant Salomon Andrée, who attempted to reach the North Pole in a hot air balloon in 1897.  His words encapsulate the spirit of the explorers, travellers and dreamers whose unlikely adventures are told in this book.

Quarter-bound in cloth with paper sides printed and blocked with a design by Will Spring

Set in Jenson

248 pages

Frontispiece and 24 black & white illustrations

Plain slipcase

˝ × 6½˝

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