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

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Walker and Company, 1996 - History - 220 pages
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Phantom Islands of the Atlantic tells the strange tales of seven lands, conjured out of myth, human error, and occasionally a captain's hubris but nonetheless appearing on maps for centuries - even though many of them never actually existed. Writing with an intimate knowledge of the Atlantic, Donald S. Johnson sheds light on each island's dark origins and solves the mystery of its cartographic life through an intricate exploration of history and myth. From the Isle of Demons, born of a fable created by pious Christians, to the elusive Buss Island, the creation of an ambitious explorer, these islands are a fascinating legacy of the Age of Discovery. Beautifully illustrated with dozens of maps and engravings, Phantom Islands of the Atlantic brings these fanciful lands to life in a remarkable historical odyssey into the human spirit of exploration.

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

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

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

Phantom islands of the Atlantic: the legends of seven lands that never were

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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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About the author (1996)

Johnson is guest curator at the Osher Map Library of the University of Southern Maine.

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