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Rey, L., ed., Unveiling the Arctic. Fairbanks: University of Alaska Press, 1984. ISBN 0-919034-09-8. 27x22cm., vii, 293pp., illustrated, cloth. (Signers' Hall, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, AK 99775, $55.00)

This is a compendium of papers presented at a 1981 Rome conference, "Tfic History of the Discovery of the Arctic Regions as Seen through the Descriptions of Travellers and the Work of Cartographers from Early Antiquity to the 18th Century." These papers also appeared in the journal Arctic (Vol. 37, No. 4).  There are 27 paper sharing a common index. A few paper titles give the flavor of the work: The Greco-Romaii Conception of the North from Pytheas to Tacitiis; Surviving Sources of the Classical Geographers through Late Antiquity and the Medieval Period; In Search of a Sea-Roiite to Siberia, 1553-1619; The Early Cartography of the Bering Strait Region; and The Discovery of the Koryaks and Their Perception of the World.  The last mentioned paper and others acknowledge the non-Europeans of the region.  Overall the tone is scholarly, but still interesting to non-specialists.  There are numerous maps of the Arctic.  Most are well reproduced, but a few are done directly from illustrations in other books because the originals are not easily accessible.  Anyone interested in the mapping of the Arctic will find the book useful and enjoyable to read.

David C. Jolly, 1987
 

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