The National Geographic Society: 100 Years of Adventure and Discovery - C. D. B. [Courtlandt Dixon Barnes] BryanNew York: Harry N. Abrams, 1994, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper slightly faded at the spine with a crease to the head. Text complete, clean and tight.
Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles; Colour Photographs;
From the cover: “For a century the National Geographic Society has been bringing to an audience of millions the thrilling world of adventure, discovery and natural wonders. Robert E. Peary’s determined, successful struggle to be first to reach the North Pole; Hiram Bingham’s exciting discovery of the mysterious lost city of the Incas, Machu Picchu; the awesome deadly eruption of the Mont Pelee volcano; the devastating San Francisco earthquake; Reinhold Messner’s superhuman solo climb to the summit of Mt. Everest — these are but a few of the spectacular events reported at first hand by the Society.
In 1888, in Washington, D. C. , thirty-three gentlemen met to consider the advisability of organizing a society for the increase and diffusion of geographical knowledge. From a membership of 165 at the time of its founding, the National Geographic Society has grown to number almost 11 million members in 170 of the 174 nations of the world.
In The National Geographic Society: 100 Years of Adventure and Discovery, author C. D. B. Bryan covers the entire history of the Geographic, focusing on the guiding personalities behind it — from Gardiner Greene Hubbard and Alexander Graham Bell to three generations of the Grosvenor family; he brings to life its flamboyant explorers and innovative photographers. In this celebration of the Society’s centennial, ten lively chapters of historical narrative alternate with ten special theme sections on subjects such as polar exploration, natural disasters, glorious expeditions, war and conflict, archaeology, and space, — and each of these chapters is jam-packed with dramatic pictorial material selected from the Society’s far-ranging archives. These superb photographs and illustrations form an assemblage of images that, along with Bryan’s absorbing text, recreates the National Geographic Society’s exciting legacy of science and adventure, one that mirrors America’s changing perception of itself and the world over the past one hundred years.”