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Mountains of the Mind: A History of a Fascination

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By: Robert MacFarlane(Author)

306 pages, B/w photos


Paperback | May 2004 | #144502 | ISBN: 1862076545
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Hardback | May 2003 | #138208 | ISBN: 1862075611
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Blending cultural history, meditation and personal memoir, Macfarlane considers the way geology transformed perceptions of wild landscape; the natural miracles that drew early travellers to the upper world of the mountains; the enchantment of great height; the allure of the unknown; and the elemental beauties of snow, rock and ice. He shows how Victorian sages, Renaissance cosmogonists and early geologists, as well as explorers and climbers, all contributed to this dramatic re-evaluation of mountains.

"Of all the books published to mark the 50th anniversary of climbing Mount Everest, Robert Macfarlane's Mountains of the Mind stands out as by far one of the most intelligent and interesting."
- The Economist

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