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Arabia Felix : The Danish Expedition of 1761-1767 (Paperback) (Thorkild Hansen)

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"A riveting account of a landmark expedition that left only one survivor, now back in print for the first time in decades. Arabia Felix is the spellbinding true story of a scientific expedition gone disastrously astray. On a winter morning in 1761 six men leave Copenhagen by sea--a botanist, a philologist, an astronomer, a doctor, an artist, and their manservant--an ill-assorted band of men who dislike and distrust one another from the start. These are the members of the first Danish expedition to ArabiaFelix, as Yemen was then known, the first organized foray into a corner of the world unknown to Europeans, an enterprise that had the support of the Danish Crown and was keenly followed throughout Europe. The expedition made its way to Turkey and Egypt, by which time its members were already actively seeking to undercut and even kill one another, before disappearing into the harsh desert that was their destination. Nearly seven years later a single survivor returned to Denmark to find himself a forgottenman and all the specimens that had been sent back ruined by neglect. Based on diaries, notebooks, and sketches that lay unread in Danish archives until the twentieth century, Arabia Felix is both a comedy of intellectual rivalry and very bad manners and an utterly absorbing tale of high adventure. Arabia Felix includes 33 line drawings and maps"--
Number of Pages: 381
Genre: History, Science
Sub-Genre: Travel, History
Series Title: NYRB Classics
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Random House Inc
Author: Thorkild Hansen
Language: English
Street Date: June 13, 2017
TCIN: 51713390
UPC: 9781681370729
Item Number (DPCI): 248-29-8156
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