It’s a stark and simple book, yet elegant and evocative in its sheer depiction of isolation. And it’s absolutely beautiful.
The Atlas of Remote Islands, subtitled Fifty Islands I Have Never Set Foot On and Never Will, is a slender volume, mostly one-page descriptions of faraway islands, each accompanied by a stark and charming topographical illustration by the author.
This isn’t much of a review, simply because there’s not much to say besides: There’s no other book like it. It’s wonderful and clean and artistic and completely beyond the simple aesthetics of other illustrated books. It is the achievement of a lifetime of cartographic love, embodied in the author’s concluding sentences in her introduction:
Give me an atlas over a guidebook any day. There is no more poetic book in the world.
This is a book to be explored over countless evenings, with a glass of cognac beside you and a fire on the hearth.
This is a book to be loved.
4 thoughts on “Places I’ll Never See”
There are many place you will never see and many things you will never do.Enjoy what you have seen and appreciate what you have.
But I never implied that I wanted to go to any of these lonely, abysmal, godforsaken places…
How did you come across this?
TripG, saw it online. Had to order it because it's such a niche book no physical store will carry it, except for a few quirky independents…not one of which we have anywhere near here.