The Sea Journal: Seafarers’ Sketchbooks

Lewis-Jones, Huw ORCID logoORCID: (2019) The Sea Journal: Seafarers’ Sketchbooks. Thames & Hudson, London. ISBN 978-0500021279

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The sea has been an endless source of fascination, at once both alluring and mysterious, a place of wonder and terror. The Sea Journal contains first-hand records by a great range of travellers of their encounters with strange creatures and new lands, full of dangers and delights, pleasures and perils. In this remarkably researched gathering of private journals, log books, letters and diaries, we follow the voyages of intrepid sailors, from the frozen polar wastes to South Seas paradise islands, as they set down their immediate impressions of all they saw. They capture their experiences while at sea, giving us a precious view of the oceans and the creatures that live in them as they were when they were scarcely known and right up to the present day. In a series of biographical portraits, we meet officers and ordinary sailors, cooks and whalers, surgeons and artists, explorers and adventurers. A handful of contemporary mariners provide their thoughts on how art remains integral to their voyaging lives. Often still bearing the traces of their nautical past, the intriguing and enchanting sketches and drawings in this book brilliantly capture the spirit of the oceans and the magic of the sea. [Description from publishers]

Item Type: Book
Additional Information: ‘Thrilling ... succeeds in illustrating not only the diversity of maritime sketchbooks but also how vital they were for their creators’ -Times Literary Supplement ‘A captivating collection of exquisite first-hand records providing fascinating insights into exploration and adventure at sea’ -Traveller ‘One of the most spectacular and fascinating books I have ever read. A real privilege!’ -Book Reviews Monthly ‘Beautiful ... readers could easily be left with the impression that all 18th-century seafarers were also talented artists’ -CNN ‘Lewis-Jones’ book has everything from illustrated accounts of whaling voyages and naval battles to depictions of Kamchatkan kayakers and fluorescent sea slugs’ - The Scotsman ‘A beautifully illustrated compendium’ -Spectator ‘Endlessly diverting and beautifully produced’ -Telegraph Selected international editions: - The Sea Journal (San Francisco: Chronicle). - Het Logboek van de Zeevaarder (Utrecht: Uitgeverij Omniboek). - Carnets de Marins (Paris: Éditions Paulsen). - The Sea Journal (Melbourne: Thames & Hudson). - Navegantes (Barcelona: GeoPlaneta). - 海洋雜誌 (Beijing: China Pictorial Press). - Diario del Mare (Milan: Mondadori Electa). - Das Seejournal (Cologne: DuMont). - 海洋雜誌 (Taipei: Faces). 2019 Winner. The Sea Journal, Gold Medal, Motovun Book Awards, Frankfurt.
ISBN: 978-0500021279
Subjects: Arts > Biographic
Arts > Drawing
Arts > Geographic
Geography & Environment
Arts > Historical
Geography & Environment > International
History > International
Arts > Photography > Marine & Natural Photography
Arts > Photography
Writing & Journalism > Creative Writing > Storytelling
Writing & Journalism
Courses by Department: The Institute of Photography > Press & Editorial Photography
Depositing User: Huw Lewis-Jones
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2019 09:44
Last Modified: 23 Nov 2023 16:12


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