Sail to the exotic Galapagos Islands with Herman Melville, author of Moby-Dick. Let History and Legend, Fiction and Fact, Myth and Mystery swirl around you as you enter "The Encantadas," a unique island world stretching along our planet's Equator.
~ Discover teeming seabird rookeries, stark volcanic landscapes, and world famous giant tortoises . . .
~ Meet buccaneers and explorers, colonists and castaways, whalers and naturalists . . .
~ Explore these Enchanted Isles with one of America's greatest writers . . .
~ Enrich your once-in-a-lifetime visit to . . . The Galapagos Islands.
Travelers have been arriving in the Galapagos Islands since at least 1535. While naturalist Charles Darwin made these volcanic peaks famous, Spanish explorers, English buccaneers, American whalers, Ecuadorian colonists, and a United States President all put in appearances here over the centuries.
Herman Melville was one such visitor. He first glimpsed the Galapagos Islands as a young seaman on the whaler Acushnet out of New Bedford, Massachusetts. Years later, after the failure of his novel Moby-Dick, he tried to regain his lost popularity with the reading public by writing a series ten of magazine sketches he called "The Encantadas or Enchanted Isles," recalling the strange worlds he found in the Galapagos archipelago.
Written for today's visitor, or armchair visitor, In the Galapagos Islands with Herman Melville includes these ten sketches, and more. Bring it with you to the Galapagos Islands or read it before you leave home. Enhance your enjoyment of the Enchanted Isles with these glimpses of their captivating natural and human history written over 150 years ago by that famous fellow traveler.
In the Galapagos Islands with Herman Melville includes . . .
~ Herman Melville's ten sketches that he called "The Encantadas or Enchanted Isles."
~ Forty of Moses Michelsohn's striking b&w photographs (in color in the ebook) from the Galapagos Islands: birds, iguanas, giant tortoises, sea lions, exotic plants, and volcanic landscapes.
~ Lynn Michelsohn's introduction to the work, and to each individual sketch.
We hope you enjoy your visit to the Galapagos Islands!