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The Skin Map: Book 1

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Kit Livingstone encounters his great-grandfather in a deserted London alley. Surprisingly, as Cosimo long since disappeared, thought dead.

He urges Kit to join him on a quest through time and space in search of a strange map made by another intrepid explorer. Fearful of being trapped in the intersections between worlds and times, this traveller from an early age had devised an intricate code, a roadmap of symbols, and tattooed it on his own skin. Now the race is on to find the Skin Map.

Against his better judgement and rationality it is drawn into the hunt. But Kit and Cosimo are not the only ones searching for it. And their murderous rivals will stop at nothing to unlock its secrets...a prize beyond imagining.

Taking in its sweep London, Oxford, Prague, China, and Egypt between the 17th and 21st centuries, The Skin map is the first of the five volume Bright Empires series: a multi-dimensional, time-bending fantasy of the highest order from a master storyteller.


Not A Place On Any Map

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Not a Place on Any Map, winner of the 2016 Vine Leaves Vignette Collection Award, explores the switch-backing emotional terrain of traumas and triumphs, as well as the disparate landscapes where they unfold. In rich, evocative snapshots of Chicago, the desert Southwest, California, New England, and Texas, the book traces a peripatetic childhood shaped by loss and dislocation that tumbles into an early adulthood spent chasing excitement from coast to coast and abroad. After being raped in Italy on her first trip to Europe at twenty-five, the author goes adrift in despair from which only drugs and alcohol provide escape. The flash lyric essays in this debut collection pursue a lost sense of self and home after trauma, but as the author discovers, home is not a place marked neatly on any map. Reaching recovery takes years and detours through depression, blurred landscapes, rehab, and jail. Ultimately, the book maps not home at all, but a truer place, one made all the sweeter for having travelled so far to find it.


Maps In The Atlases Of The British Library

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Although there are catalogues of individual maps in The British Library, up to now there has been no thorough listing of the maps in the Library's large collection of atlases. This considerable study describes the map contents of over 3300 pre-1800 atlases, including general works of geography, history, and travel which contain nine or more maps. English material predominates, but the Library's holdings of Dutch, French and German atlases are substantial; there are also many atlases from other European countries, as well as those of Arabic, Persian and Oriental origin. Over 100 atlases are composite in nature, often preserving rare material not found elsewhere. Details of atlas publication, provenance, colour and binding are provided, together with itemization of each map, cross references and scholarly source material.


Travels With A Donkey In The Cevennes

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Robert Louis Stevenson was not only a gifted writer, he was also an indefatigable traveller.

His thirst for adventure was formed by his boyhood visits to remote Scottish lighthouses, and he spent much of his life fleeing the rigours of cold climates and social orthodoxy. Along the way he canoed through Belgium and France, booked passage to and across America, and finally famously settled in Samoa in the South Seas.

The walking trip that Stevenson describes in Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes (1879) was taken when the nascent author was still in his twenties and pining for a lost love. Accompanied by Modestine, the eponymous donkey he hired to carry his camping gear, the journey proved both challenging and charming. The book is infused with all of the qualities that make Stevenson the most popular of writers: humour and humanity, poetry and perspicacity, ebullience and intelligence. Stanfords Travel Classics feature some of the finest historical travel writing in the English language, with authors hailing from both sides of the Atlantic.

Every title has been reset in a contemporary typeface to create a series that every lover of fine travel literature will want to collect and keep.

About the Author

Robert Louis (Balfour) Stevenson was a Scottish novelist, poet, and travel writer, and a leading representative of English literature. He was greatly admired by many authors, including Jorge Luis Borges, Ernest Hemingway, Rudyard Kipling and Vladimir Nabokov.

Most modernist writers dismissed him, however, because he was popular and did not write within their narrow definition of literature. It is only recently that critics have begun to look beyond Stevenson's popularity and allow him a place in the Western canon.

On December 3rd, 1894, he died of an apparent cerebral hemorrhage at the age of 44.


What Is A Map?

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The best tool to get you where you're going is a map. Learn how maps can help you find your way.



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