Need a gift idea for the traveler in your life? Click here for our travel gift guide, sign up for our new fall catalog, then browse these lovely illustrated gift books! The Best Places to Be Today. This useful catalog arranges the world's most exciting, fun and awe-inspiring events into 365 unforgettable days. The discerning editors at Lonely Planet introduce nature hikes through Patagonia, the Up Helly Aa festival in Scotland (where they actually burn a Viking longship) and the glittering Yamayaki, Japan's fire festival. A great way to plan, say, your next birthday? (TVL596, $19.
“The human spirit is inherently drawn to the ocean for recreation, inspiration and solace,” writes American Museum of Natural History president Ellen V. Futter in her introduction to Opulent Oceans, the museum’s new collection of gorgeous illustrations of ocean life. Or, as Herman Melville put it in Moby Dick, “Stand that man on his legs, set his feet a-going, and he will infallibly lead you to water.” Melville’s words come to mind again when browsing the diverse sea creatures featured in this book, all culled from the museum's Rare Book Collection.
If Patrick O’Brian were still living, he would turn 100 this month. We’re celebrating the centennial with some sea-worthy books and, of course, O’Brian’s classic Aubrey-Maturin novels, featuring Captain Jack Aubrey and his great friend Stephen Maturin, a naturalist-cum-spy, in their adventures at sea, all set against an impressively-researched backdrop of Lord Nelson's British Navy. The beautifully packaged full set makes an excellent holiday gift! How many have you read?
Petra, Palenque, Persepolis and Pataliputra (center of the Mauryan empire on the Ganges in India). Travelers, tour operators, hey, anyone with an interest in the (mostly western) roots of civilization will delight at the places included in Cities that Shaped the Ancient World, this latest book by the inestimable John Julius Norwich
Kindly contributed by the celebrated photographer Camille Seaman, who has built her career on majestic portraiture. Over a 10-year period, Seaman traveled to the poles to document the rapidly changing face of the polar regions. Her new collection Melting Away, a masterful series of 75 photos presented alongside accompanying essays, shows climate change at work.