Voyage into Substance: Art, Science, Nature, and the Illustrated Travel Account

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Voyage into Substance reopens the whole complex question of how nature was perceived and penetrated during the Enlightenment—a time when artist-scientists trekked across Egyptian deserts, astronomer-mariners navigated the Polar seas, and meteorologist-aeronauts "sailed" through the atmosphere's "waves," all seeking to discover and record the non-human likeness of the phenomenal world.

By examining the popular, multi-national illustrated narratives and atlases of the period, the ...

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Cambridge, Mass. 1984 Hardcover. G+ (Slight wear to edges and surface of dj; edges of book block have faint foxing. ) "Reopens the whole complex question of how nature was ... perceived and penetrated during the Enlightenment--a time when artist-scientists trekked across Egyptian deserts, astronomer-mariners navigated the polar seas, and meteorologist-aeronauts 'sailed' through the atmosphere's 'waves. ' all seeking to discover and record the nonhuman likeness of the phenomenal world....The book opens new doors to establish the persistence of a 'plain' (that is, nonanthropomorphizing) style of landscape depiction that culminated in nineteenth-century realism." (dj) Tan cloth, tan & color illus. dust jacket, 645 pp., 270 BW illus.; weighs 5.5 lbs. Read more Show Less

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Cumberland, Rhode Island, U.S.A. 1984 Hb First Edition Very Good in Sl/chipped and Worn jacket 4to. pp. xxii, (5), 645, previous owner's ink stamp on lower edges of pages and at ... the base of the title page, o/w overall vg, "Voyage into Substance reopens the whole complex question of how nature was perceived and penetrated during the Enlightenment, a time when artist-scientists trekked across Egyptian deserts, astronomer-mariners navigated the Polar seas, and meteorologist-aeronauts "sailed" through the atmosphere's "waves, " all seeking to discover and record the non-human likeness of the phenomenal world. By examining the popular, multi-national illustrated narratives and atlases of the period, the book relates the voyagers' attentive, firsthand mode of seeing and precise copying of the enduring and the ephemeral features of the environment (before the advent of photography) to the major philosophical, scientific, and aesthetic debates of the time. Arguing that these accounts disclose an anti-Picturesque tr Read more Show Less

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0262192233 645 pages. Index. Bibliography. Extensive footnotes. 270 black and white illustrations (with list). "Examines the landscape elements that were featured in European ... illustrated travel accounts published between 1760 and 1840 - from their heyday to the advent of photography... Differs substantially from those previously published on the topic of the imaginary voyage or the travel lie." - from Preface. Moderate external wear and soiling to beige cloth-covered boards. Rubbing to lettering upon backstrip. Binding intact. Few light pencil marks in footnote section. A quality working copy. Read more Show Less

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Voyage into Substance reopens the whole complex question of how nature was perceived and penetrated during the Enlightenment—a time when artist-scientists trekked across Egyptian deserts, astronomer-mariners navigated the Polar seas, and meteorologist-aeronauts "sailed" through the atmosphere's "waves," all seeking to discover and record the non-human likeness of the phenomenal world.

By examining the popular, multi-national illustrated narratives and atlases of the period, the book relates the voyagers' attentive, firsthand mode of seeing and precise copying of the enduring and the ephemeral features of the environment (before the advent of photography) to the major philosophical, scientific, and aesthetic debates of the time. Arguing that these accounts disclose an anti-Picturesque tradition of representation, the book opens new doors to establish the persistence of a "plain," that is, a style of landscape depiction that culminates in 19th-century realism.

Voyage into Substance analyzes a vast repertory of geological, mineralogical and biological treatises concerning the self-expressive physiognomy of the earth and shows them to be important precursors and allies of the non-fictional travel narrative. Intertwining art, literature, philosophy, geography, and the history of science, with the aid of 304 plates, the book adds significantly to all these disciplines and is a unique contribution to the field of art and architectural history as well as to modern intellectual history.

Publication of this book was partially funded by the Millard Meiss Fund of the College Art Association of America and by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262192231
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 5/9/1984
  • Pages: 650

Meet the Author

Barbara Stafford is the William B. Ogden Distinguished Service Professor of Art History at the University of Chicago. She is the author of Good Looking, Artful Science, Body Criticism, and Voyage into Substance (all published by MIT Press).
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