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A-Z Place Names Of South Africa - Name Origins, History, Attractions (Paperback): A-Z Place Names Of South Africa - Name Origins, History, Attractions (Paperback)
R250 R180 Discovery Miles 1 800 Save R70 (28%) Ships in 4 - 8 working days

This book contains alphabetically listed names of South African cities and towns, as well as most villages and certain settlements and townships where information was available.

More than 900 places are included in what is an informative and educational look at place names, including the year they were established, origins, previous names and alternative names. Also included are interesting historical facts and reasons to visit, as well as contact details (website or phone number).

The book is a wonderful journey through South Africa. Ann Gadd particularly enjoyed researching the smaller villages and places. There is a wide variety of attractions across the places, covering sporting interests, places to eat, historical interest, scenic spots, the longest, the tallest, the coldest and much more. Ann connected with local inhabitants or officials to get their take on the naming of their town or historical interests. All this wonderful (and sometimes whacky) information is condensed to give you a book that sums up the very core of each place.

Information includes:

  • Province
  • Year established
  • Year of municipal / borough status
  • Origin of town name
  • Previous name
  • Preferred name
  • Alternative name
  • Town theme (type of industry)
  • Historic facts (important events or interesting feature of the town)
  • Contact details (website or phone)
London Map (Sheet map, folded): London Map (Sheet map, folded)
R84 R69 Discovery Miles 690 Save R15 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The A-Z London Map is a self-covered, fold-out sheet map which combines our instantly recognizable A-Z street mapping with a street index on the reverse. Published at a scale of 3.5 inches to 1 mile, the map extends out from central London to: * Highbury and Hackney in the north *Clapham Common and Lewisham in the south *Notting Hill and Barnes in the west *Stratford and Greenwich Peninsula, with the O2, in the east. Postcode districts, one-way streeets, the congestion charging zone boundary and safety camera locations with speed limits are featured on the mapping. TfL's central area Tube map forms the back cover, making it easy to refer to without opening the sheet. This publication is the perfect choice for those wanting the combination of a desirable map area and a compact folded size.

History Atlas (Hardcover): Thiago de Moraes History Atlas (Hardcover)
Thiago de Moraes; Illustrated by Thiago de Moraes
R607 R496 Discovery Miles 4 960 Save R111 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Prepare to embark on a global tour through time. You might want to take a map... But this is no ordinary atlas. The maps in History Atlas are rich visual extravaganzas, packed with kings, queens, heroes, villains, inventors, artists and explorers. Travel from Ancient Egypt and Rome to Ethiopia, Russia and China, and meet movers and shakers of world history from Genghis Khan to Martin Luther King. With quirky facts, astonishing characters, humorous details and compelling stories, this is history at its most entertaining.

Collins Social Studies Atlas for Jamaica (Paperback): Collins Social Studies Atlas for Jamaica (Paperback)
R296 R222 Discovery Miles 2 220 Save R74 (25%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Prepared specifically to support social studies and geography courses at upper primary and lower secondary levels throughout the Caribbean. The atlas is fully illustrated and includes the most up to date reference and thematic mapping of the countries within the Caribbean Community as well as the broader Caribbean region. Maps are fully supported with illustrations, photographs and data. World maps cover international issues which have a bearing on Caribbean development.

Colorado - A Historical Atlas (Paperback): Thomas J Noel Colorado - A Historical Atlas (Paperback)
Thomas J Noel; Maps by Carol Zuber-Mallison
R821 R673 Discovery Miles 6 730 Save R148 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This is a thoroughly revised edition of the Historical Atlas of Colorado, which was coauthored by Tom Noel and published in 1994. Chock-full of the best and latest information on Colorado, this new edition features thirty new chapters, updated text, more than 100 color maps and 100 color photos, and a best-of listing of Colorado authors and books, as well as a guide to hundreds of tourist attractions. Colorado received its name (Spanish for ""red"") after much debate and many possibilities, including Idaho (an ""Indian"" name meaning ""gem of the mountains"" later discovered to be a fabrication) and Yampa (Ute for ""bear""). Noel includes other little-known but significant facts about the state, from its status as first state in the Union to elect women to its legislature, to its controversial ""highest state"" designation, elevated by the 2013 legalization of recreational cannabis. Noel and cartographer Carol Zuber-Mallison map and describe Colorado's spectacular geography and its fascinating past. The book's eight parts survey natural Colorado, from rivers and mountains to dinosaurs and mammals; history, from prehistoric peoples to twenty-first-century Color-oddities; mining and manufacturing, from the gold rush to alternative energy sources; agriculture, including wineries and brewpubs; transportation, from stagecoach lines to light rail; modern Colorado, from the New Deal to the present (including politics, history, and information on lynchings, executions, and prisons); recreation, covering not only hiking and skiing but also literary locales and Colorado in the movies; and tourism, encompassing historic landmarks, museums, and even cemeteries. In short, this book has information - and surprises - that anyone interested in Colorado will relish.

Norwich Street Atlas (Paperback, 9th edition): Norwich Street Atlas (Paperback, 9th edition)
R165 R124 Discovery Miles 1 240 Save R41 (25%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This A-Z map of Norwich is a full colour atlas featuring 37 pages of street mapping which includes: *Blofield *Blofield Heath *Brundall *Cringleford *Hethersett *Norwich Airport *Poringland *Spixworth *Sprowston *Taverham *Wroxham *Wymondham In addition, there is an inset map of Horsford and a large scale city centre map of Norwich. Postcode districts, one-way streets, park and ride sites, safety camera locations with speed limits and The Broads Authority Boundary are also featured on the mapping. The index section lists streets; selected flats, walkways and places of interest; place, area and station names; hospitals and hospices covered by this atlas.

Cambridge Handy Map (Sheet map, folded): Cambridge Handy Map (Sheet map, folded)
R81 R65 Discovery Miles 650 Save R16 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This A-Z map of Cambridge is a self-covered, double-sided street map covering an area that extends to include: *Barnwell *Chesterton *Eddington *Girton (part) *Grantchester *Newnham *Romsey Town *Trumpington (part) Also included on the reverse side of the sheet is a large scale (9 inches to 1 mile) city centre map of Cambridge covering all of the city's important tourist locations. A reference list of top visitor attractions is particularly useful if your time in this historic city is limited. Postcode districts, one-way streets and safety camera locations with speed limits are featured on the mapping. The index section lists streets, selected flats, walkways and places of interest, place and area names, park and ride sites, national rail stations, hospitals and hospices covered by this map. This publication is the perfect choice for those wanting the combination of a desirable map area and a compact folded size.

Edinburgh Handy Map (Sheet map, folded): Edinburgh Handy Map (Sheet map, folded)
R81 R65 Discovery Miles 650 Save R16 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This A-Z map of Edinburgh is a self-covered, double-sided street map covering an area that extends to include: *Craigmillar *Dalry *Holyrood Park *Iverleith *Leith *Murrayfield *Pilton *Prestonfield *Ravelston *Restalrig Also included on the reverse side of the sheet is a large scale (9 inches to 1 mile) city centre map of Edinburgh which identifies the many important tourist sites. Postcode districts, one-way streets, Edinburgh Tram stops and safety camera locations with speed limits are featured on the mapping. The Street Index and the separate Places of Interest Index can be used to find where you are or to identify the many attractions this popular historic city has to offer. This publication is the perfect choice for those wanting the combination of expanded street map coverage around the city centre and a compact folded size.

London Central Map (Sheet map, folded): London Central Map (Sheet map, folded)
R83 R68 Discovery Miles 680 Save R15 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The A-Z Central London Map is a self-covered, fold-out sheet map which combines our more detailed, middle scale, street mapping with a comprehensive street and place of interest index on the reverse. Published at a scale of 6 inches to 1 mile, the map extends out from Charing Cross to: *St. John's Wood and Shoreditch in the north *West Brompton and Kennington in the south *Paddington and Kensington in the west *Spitalfields and Bermondsey in the east Strong colours are used to identify main roads, parks and landmark buildings. Also shown are: Rail, Overground, Underground, DLR and Elizabeth Line stations; River Bus pier stops; main road numbers; one-way streets; safety cameras with speed limits and London borough and postcode boundaries. If you are heading off to the West End to see a musical, play or film then our dedicated Cinema and Theatre Maps are included, making it easy to locate venues and nearby tube stations. TfL's central area Tube map forms the back cover, making it easy to refer to without opening the sheet. This publication is the perfect choice for those wanting a detailed street map covering central London in a compact folded size.

Nottingham Street Atlas (paperback) (Paperback, 8th edition): Nottingham Street Atlas (paperback) (Paperback, 8th edition)
R173 R133 Discovery Miles 1 330 Save R40 (23%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This A-Z map of Nottingham is a full colour, paperback atlas with 74 pages of continuous street mapping which extends to include: *Arnold *Beeston *Burton Joyce *Calverton *Carlton *Clifton *Cotgrave *Eastwood *Heanor *Hucknall *Ilkeston *Keyworth *Long Eaton *Radcliffe on Trent *Stapleford *West Bridgford There is also separate coverage of Bingham. Also included is: *a large scale city centre map of Nottingham *a postcode map of the Nottingham area *a road map of the Nottingham area *the full Nottingham Express Transit map Postcode districts, one-way streets, park and ride sites and safety camera locations with speed limits are featured on the street mapping. The index section lists streets; selected flats, walkways and places of interest; place and area names; railway stations; Nottingham Express Transit stops; hospitals and hospices covered by this atlas.

National Geographic Concise Atlas of the World, 4th Edition (Paperback, 4 Rev Ed): National Geographic National Geographic Concise Atlas of the World, 4th Edition (Paperback, 4 Rev Ed)
National Geographic 1
R624 R425 Discovery Miles 4 250 Save R199 (32%) In stock

With more than 550 maps and graphics, all completely revised, this atlas provides accurate coverage of the whole world. Introductory sections for each continent are also fully updated and feature stunning images that portray unique physical geography and highlight the sprawling extent of major cities. The flags and country facts at the end of each continental section reflect the latest statistics from national and international sources.

Swansea Street Atlas (Paperback, 7th edition): Swansea Street Atlas (Paperback, 7th edition)
R176 R136 Discovery Miles 1 360 Save R40 (23%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This A-Z map of Swansea, Bridgend, Carmarthen, Llanelli, Neath and Port Talbot is a full colour paperback featuring 125 pages of street mapping covering: *Mumbles *Pen-Clawdd *Gowerton *Gorseinon *Pwll *Burry Port *Portardulais *Gorlas *Ammanford *Brynamman *Skewen *Briton Ferry *Margam *Porthcawl *Pyle *Pencoed The Gower Peninsular, a popular holiday destination, is also covered by street mapping at a scale of 2 inches to 1 mile. A large scale city centre map of Swansea is included. Postcode districts, one-way streets and safety camera locations with maximum speeds are featured on the mapping. The index section lists streets, selected flats, walkways and places of interest, place, area and station names, hospitals and hospices covered by this atlas.

Canterbury, Margate, Ramsgate & Whitstable Street Atlas (Paperback, 6th edition): Canterbury, Margate, Ramsgate & Whitstable Street Atlas (Paperback, 6th edition)
R168 R127 Discovery Miles 1 270 Save R41 (24%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This A-Z map of Canterbury, Margate and Ramsgate features a places of interest guide and 41 pages of street mapping covering: *Birchington *Broadstairs *Faversham *Herne Bay *Sandwich *Westgate on Sea *Whitstable Large scale city/town centre maps of Canterbury, Margate and Ramsgate are also included. Postcode districts, one-way streets, Park and Ride sites and safety camera locations with speed limits are featured on the mapping. The Places of Interest Guide is an essential addition to the book as there is so much to see and do in this historic corner of Kent, whether you want to experience the grandeur of Canterbury Cathedral or enter a mysterious Shell Grotto; discover seafaring traditions or literary connections to Chaucer and Dickens; visit a leading art gallery exhibition or enjoy vintage amusement park rides; take a casual seafront stroll or energetic coastal walk or an informative guided tour. The index section lists streets; selected flats, walkways and places of interest; place, area and station names; hospitals and hospices covered by this atlas.

Bath Handy Map (Sheet map, folded): Bath Handy Map (Sheet map, folded)
R82 R67 Discovery Miles 670 Save R15 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This A-Z map of Bath is a self-covered, double-sided street map covering an area that extends to include: *Bathampton *Claverton *Combe Down *Newbridge *Odd Down *Twerton *University of Bath *Weston *Whiteway Also included on the reverse side of the sheet is a large scale (9 inches to 1 mile) city centre map of Bath covering all of the city's important tourist locations. A reference list of top visitor attractions is particularly useful if your time in this historic city is limited. Postcode districts, one-way streets, park and ride sites and safety camera locations with speed limits are featured on the mapping. The index section lists streets, selected flats, walkways and places of interest, place and area names, park and rides sites, national rail stations, hospitals and hospices covered by this map. This publication is the perfect choice for those wanting the combination of a desirable map area and a compact folded size.

Hampshire Street Atlas (Spiral bound, 4th edition): Hampshire Street Atlas (Spiral bound, 4th edition)
R431 R325 Discovery Miles 3 250 Save R106 (25%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This A-Z map of Hampshire is a spiral bound street atlas with countywide coverage in a single book. There are 242 pages of coloured street mapping covering: *Bournemouth *Portsmouth *Southampton *New Forest National Park *South Downs National Park (part) *Ringwood *Lymington *Hythe *Romsey *Andover *Basingstoke *Farnborough *Winchester *Petersfield *Havant *Fareham Street mapping is at a scale of 3.33 inches to one mile, except for the less populated parts of the county which is at a scale of 1.66 inches to one mile. Also included: *Large scale city/town centre maps of Bournemouth, Portsmouth, Southampton and Winchester. *A postcode map of Hampshire *Countywide road mapping Postcode districts, one-way streets and safety camera locations with speed limits are featured on the street mapping. The index section lists streets; selected flats, walkways and places of interest; park and ride sites; place, area, junction and railway station names. There is a separate list of hospitals and hospices covered by this atlas.

Texas - A Historical Atlas (Paperback): A.Ray Stephens Texas - A Historical Atlas (Paperback)
A.Ray Stephens; Maps by Carol Zuber-Mallison
R824 R676 Discovery Miles 6 760 Save R148 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

For twenty years the "Historical Atlas of Texas" stood as a trusted resource for students and aficionados of the state. Now this key reference has been thoroughly updated and expanded--and even rechristened. "Texas: A Historical Atlas" more accurately reflects the Lone Star State at the dawn of the twenty-first century. Its 86 entries feature 175 newly designed maps--more than twice the number in the original volume--illustrating the most significant aspects of the state's history, geography, and current affairs.

The heart of the book is its wealth of historical information. Sections devoted to indigenous peoples of Texas and its exploration and settlement offer more than 45 entries with visual depictions of everything from the routes of Spanish explorers to empresario grants to cattle trails. In another 31 articles, coverage of modern and contemporary Texas takes in hurricanes and highways, power plants and population trends.

Practically everything about this atlas is new. All of the essays have been updated to reflect recent scholarship, while more than 30 appear for the first time, addressing such subjects as the Texas Declaration of Independence, early roads, slavery, the Civil War and Reconstruction, Texas-Oklahoma boundary disputes, and the tideland oil controversy. A dozen new entries for "Contemporary Texas" alone chart aspects of industry, agriculture, and minority demographics. Nearly all of the expanded essays are accompanied by multiple maps--everyone in full color.

The most comprehensive, state-of-the-art work of its kind, "Texas: A Historical Atlas" is more than just a reference. It is a striking visual introduction to the Lone Star State.

Lost Maps of the Caliphs (Hardcover): Yossef Rapoport, Emilie Savage-Smith Lost Maps of the Caliphs (Hardcover)
Yossef Rapoport, Emilie Savage-Smith
R1,109 R1,033 Discovery Miles 10 330 Save R76 (7%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

About a millennium ago, in Cairo, someone completed a large and richly illustrated book. In the course of thirty-five chapters, our unknown author guided the reader on a journey from the outermost cosmos and planets to Earth and its lands, islands, features and inhabitants. This treatise, known as The Book of Curiosities, was unknown to modern scholars until a remarkable manuscript copy surfaced in 2000. Lost Maps of the Caliphs provides the first general overview of The Book of Curiosities and the unique insight it offers into medieval Islamic thought. Opening with an account of the remarkable discovery of the manuscript and its purchase by the Bodleian Library, the authors use The Book of Curiosities to re-evaluate the development of astrology, geography and cartography in the first four centuries of Islam. Early astronomical 'maps' and drawings demonstrate the medieval understanding of the structure of the cosmos and illustrate the pervasive assumption that almost any visible celestial event had an effect upon life on Earth. Lost Maps of the Caliphs also reconsiders the history of global communication networks at the turn of the previous millennium. Not only is The Book of Curiosities one of the greatest achievements of medieval map-making, it is also a remarkable contribution to the story of Islamic civilization.

Delorme Atlas & Gazetteer - Colorado (Paperback, 12th ed.): Rand McNally Delorme Atlas & Gazetteer - Colorado (Paperback, 12th ed.)
Rand McNally
R596 R479 Discovery Miles 4 790 Save R117 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Loughborough A-Z Street Atlas (Paperback, New Fifth edition): A-Z Maps Loughborough A-Z Street Atlas (Paperback, New Fifth edition)
A-Z Maps
R139 R106 Discovery Miles 1 060 Save R33 (24%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This A-Z map of Loughborough features 38 pages of coloured street mapping covering: *Castle Donington *East Midlands Airport *Kegworth *Hathern *Barrow upon Soar *Quorndon *Sileby *East Goscote *Queniborough *Syston *Mountsorrel *Woodhouse Eaves *Shepshed *Diseworth (inset). There is separate coverage of Melton Mowbray, East Leake and Bourton on the Wolds. Postcode districts, one-way streets and safety camera locations with maximum speeds are featured on the mapping. The index section of the atlas lists streets, selected flats, walkways and places of interest, place, area and station names, hospitals and hospices covered by this atlas.

London A-Z Street Atlas - Historical Edition (Paperback, Historical ed.): A-Z Maps London A-Z Street Atlas - Historical Edition (Paperback, Historical ed.)
A-Z Maps
R290 R216 Discovery Miles 2 160 Save R74 (26%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

As a facsimile reproduction of the A to Z London Street Atlas, circa 1938/39, this publication shows street mapping of London as it was before the Second World War bombing and the redevelopments that followed and may be of assistance in tracing family history for that period. The coverage extends from central London to Edgware, Whetstone, Palmers Green, Edmonton, Walthamstow, Snaresbrook, Seven Kings, Barking, Silvertown, Plumstead, Kidbrooke, Bellingham, South Sydenham, Croydon, Streatham Common, Morden, Wimbledon Common, Twickenham, Richmond, Kew, Hanwell, Ealing Broadway, Wembley, Harrow and Wealdstone. Included within the atlas is a map of the Underground Railways of London and Suburbs and location maps of Theatreland, Cinemaland, Clubland and the main Shopping Centres. The Guide to Places of Interest section includes a location map and text giving a summary of each selected place of interest with opening times and admission charges. The index to streets section includes a list of the London County Council street name changes relevant at that time. A foldout coloured Pictorial Map of Central London is attached to the inside back cover and this map features the locations of principal landmarks and places of interest using three dimensional drawings. The original printing of this paperback street atlas before the Second World War was in black only; however, this facsimile reproduction has been printed in colours which simulate the current condition after its ageing over many years. The atlas is supplied in a stout protective slipcase. SAVE 20% OFF the RRP when you buy our special offer package of the "Bedsitter to Household Name" together with the 1938 A-Z Historical London, a saving of GBP3.98. The Beginning Geographers' Map Company was founded in 1936 by Phyllis Pearsall MBE (1906-1996) who, encouraged by her father Alexander Gross, took on the ambitious task of publishing up-to-date street mapping of London. This Historical Edition is a facsimile reproduction of one of her first publications featuring the now renowned A to Z logo on the front cover.

Aberdeen A-Z Street Atlas (Paperback, New Fourth edition): A-Z Maps Aberdeen A-Z Street Atlas (Paperback, New Fourth edition)
A-Z Maps
R166 R126 Discovery Miles 1 260 Save R40 (24%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This A-Z map of Aberdeen features 51 pages of continuous mapping that extends from central Aberdeen to include: *Blackburn *Potterton *Dyce *Aberdeen International Airport *Middleton Park *Bridge of Don *Westhill *Kingswells *Bucksburn *Peterculter *Milltimber *Cults *Cove Bay *Portlethen (new for this edition) A large scale city centre map of Aberdeen is also included. Postcode districts, one-way streets and safety camera locations with maximum speed limits are featured on the mapping. The index section lists streets, selected flats, walkways and places of interest, place, area and station names, hospitals and hospices covered by this atlas. A road map of the Aberdeen area is featured on the back cover.

Weymouth & Dorchester A-Z Street Atlas (Paperback, New Sixth edition): A-Z Maps Weymouth & Dorchester A-Z Street Atlas (Paperback, New Sixth edition)
A-Z Maps
R139 R106 Discovery Miles 1 060 Save R33 (24%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This A-Z map of Weymouth and Dorchester features 38 pages of coloured street mapping covering: *Bridport *Abbotsbury *Charminster *Broadmayne *Broadwey *Preston *Isle of Portland *Crossways *Wool *Wareham *Corfe Castle *Swanage Postcode districts, one-way streets and safety camera locations with maximum speeds are featured on the street mapping. The index section lists streets, selected flats, walkways and places of interest, place, area and station names, hospitals and hospices covered by this atlas.

Delorme Virginia Atlas & Gazetteer (Paperback, 8th ed.): Rand McNally Delorme Virginia Atlas & Gazetteer (Paperback, 8th ed.)
Rand McNally
R643 R526 Discovery Miles 5 260 Save R117 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Historical Atlas of Oklahoma (Paperback, 4th Revised edition): Charles Robert Goins, Danney Goble Historical Atlas of Oklahoma (Paperback, 4th Revised edition)
Charles Robert Goins, Danney Goble; Maps by James H Anderson; Introduction by David L. Boren
R591 R491 Discovery Miles 4 910 Save R100 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The Historical Atlas of Oklahoma has been an indispensable reference for longer than four decades. Issued on the eve of the Oklahoma Centennial, this fourth edition of the atlas is much more than an updated version. Oklahoma authors Charles Robert Goins and Danney Goble are joined by seventeen contributing scholars (including natural and physical scientists) and other professionals to present 119 topics. To explore each, one or more maps with explanatory legends, tables, and graphs are paired with an interpretive essay. Created by cartographer James H. Anderson, more than 170 new maps - in full color - chart Oklahoma's rich and varied history and current population trends. Like earlier editions, the Atlas describes Oklahoma's landforms and natural resources and traces the state's geographic history from the earliest hunter-gatherer bands to today's mostly urban inhabitants. New to this edition are maps exploring additional aspects of the state's economy and its diverse society, politics, and culture, such as black history, women's experiences, and the musicians, writers, and other artists identified with the state. Reflecting the most up-to-date information as of 2005 from the U.S. Census Bureau and other sources, this new edition of the Historical Atlas of Oklahoma will be an invaluable resource for scholars, teachers, students, and any reader who wants to know more about the history of Oklahoma.

The Sky Atlas - The Greatest Maps, Myths and Discoveries of the Universe (Hardcover): Edward Brooke-hitching The Sky Atlas - The Greatest Maps, Myths and Discoveries of the Universe (Hardcover)
Edward Brooke-hitching 1
R731 R471 Discovery Miles 4 710 Save R260 (36%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

After the enormous international success of The Phantom Atlas and The Golden Atlas, Edward Brooke-Hitching's stunning new book unveils some of the most beautiful maps and charts ever created during mankind's quest to map the skies above us. This richly illustrated treasury showcases the finest examples of celestial cartography - a glorious genre of map-making often overlooked by modern map books - as well as medieval manuscripts, masterpiece paintings, ancient star catalogues, antique instruments and other appealing curiosities. This is the sky as it has never been presented before: the realm of stars and planets, but also of gods, devils, weather wizards, flying sailors, medieval aliens, mythological animals and rampaging spirits. The reader is taken on a tour of star-obsessed cultures around the world, learning about Tibetan sky burials, star-covered Inuit dancing coats, Mongolian astral prophets and Sir William Herschel's 1781 discovery of Uranus, the first planet to be found since antiquity. Even stranger are the forgotten stories from European history, like the English belief of the Middle Ages in ships that sailed a sea above the clouds, 16th-century German UFO sightings and the Edwardian aristocrat who mistakenly mapped alien-made canals on the surface of Mars. As the intricacies of our universe are today being revealed with unprecedented clarity, there has never been a better time for a highly readable book as beautiful as the night sky to contextualise the scale of these achievements for the general reader.

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