The late Samuel Eliot Morison was one of the most eminent American historians of the 20th century. The European Discovery of America vividly describes the early voyages that led to the discovery of the New World.
Based on Morison's own trips, by plane, to the places where the early discoverers landed, and on massive research into their maps, travelogues, and means of navigation, it tells, as no other book does, the experiences of these early explorers. Morison describes their fear of sailing uncharted waters, their encounters with natives, their joy―and surprise―at discovering new land, and enriches his story with the photographs and maps he made while retracing the great voyages.
This two volume hardback edition is contained in a slipcover illustrated with an early map. The slipcover is scuffed on the edges but is intact and the books, although the spines are sunned, are in near fine condition. No obvious marks apart from a small amount of staining on the edges of some of the end of the block in The Northern Voyages, which appears to be colour bleed from the vivid orange end papers, and a slight water mark on the back cover of The Southern Voyages.
All text, b/w photographs, maps and illustrations remain clear and fascinating. A very heavy set which necessitates courier delivery.