Hardback. Spine, blue cloth, gilt lettering, number scratched on near the bottom, the top is rubbed and shelf worn, bottom is chipped and shelf worn, right hand side side has a chip at the top 5 cm down a 10 cm split chipped at the bottom. rubbed, left hand side chipped top and bottom, rubbed. Front board blue leather, title and authors stamped on, shelf worn,bumped, Back board, blue leather, rubbed condition, shelf worn.Edges have handling marks and foxing, inscription by a previous owner on the stamped on the fore edge, uncut on bottom edge, Fair condition.
Paste-down, ex-library bookplate, stamped DEC 1929, slight marking, End-paper has blue mark in crayon, Back paste-down has a library card holder with book-title in pencil, some foxing. End-paper has some foxing. Flyleaf and half-title has foxing, spine has split. All 15 maps, some folding, are intact, pages yellowed with age, some marks and foxing.
Publisher: Methuen & Co. Ltd, 1929
Two eminent scholars - both professors in the University of London - collaborated in the writing of this volume, which remains a standard work on ancient travel and discovery. Concerned with the actual journeys made rather than with the geographical speculations of ancient scholars, they tell how, before Arabic expansion closed the gates of the Mediterranean Sea, men had coasted Western Europe and penetrated the continent south of the Danube and Rhine, sailed from Suez to Canton and probed deeply into Asia, and - even if they failed to circumnavigate Africa - had been as far as Sierra Leone and Port Delgado. They describe, too, the objects of these journeys, the crude equipment of sailors, and the scanty geographical knowledge on which they proceeded. In this "Hakluyt" of the ancient world one reads - often with surprise - of Greeks in India and Romans in China, of the account of the source of the Nile given by one Diogenes, and of Pytheas's extended visit to the boorish inhabitants of Britain. And it is clear that the Great Age of Discovery, in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, was heavily indebted to these more ancient explorers.