Phantom Islands of the Atlantic: The Legends of Seven Lands that Never Were

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Souvenir Press, 1997 - Atlantic Ocean - 220 pages
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They were conjured out of myth, human error, and occasionally a captain's hubris, but they appeared on maps for centuries--even though many never existed at all. Here are the compelling stories of seven islands which mapmakers documented and depicted in the Age of Discovery, but which really arose from sailors' tales and fanciful legends brought back from the uncharted wilderness that was the Atlantic Ocean.

Donald S. Johnson reveals each island's dark origins and mysterious cartographic life through an intricate exploration of history and myth. From the Isle of Demons, born of a fable invented by pious Christians, to the elusive Buss Island, the creation of an ambitious explorer, these places of the imagination are a fascinating legacy of a bygone age. Beautifully illustrated with dozens of maps and engravings, Phantom Islands of the Atlantic brings these legendary lands to life for a remarkable odyssey into the human spirit of exploration.

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PHANTOM ISLANDS OF THE ATLANTIC: The Legends of Seven Lands That Never Were

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Entertaining voyages into the geography of the imagination, from a sailor and journalist (Charting the Sea of Darkness, not reviewed). In the early days of cartography, islands came and islands went ... Read full review

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Johnson is a maritime historian and sailor who has crossed the Atlantic five times in a 27' sailboat. His "phantom islands" were usually "discovered" after a storm or during a fog when the navigator ... Read full review

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