Chessler Books
Rock Climbing - Mountaineering - Exploration
New - Used - Collectible - Signed
Chessler Books Accepts PAYPAL Chessler Books Accepts VISA Chessler Books Accepts MASTERCARD Chessler Books Accepts DISCOVER CARD Chessler Books Accepts AMERICAN EXPRESS
All Orders Shipped via United States Postal Service   Chessler Books Ships Via USPS
Author:
Title:
Keyword:
Item #:
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M Mc N O P Q
R S T U V W X Y Z
Item #: PL76-3263
THE SOUTHERN LAND, KNOWN Gabriel de Foigny 1993 1st ed Hardcover DJ Fine 3 Copies Available
By de Foigny, Gabriel. Translated and edited by David Fausett
Price: $3.99

List Price: $30.00
You Save $26.01 (87%)



Add to wish list


Detailed Product Description
New York, 1993, 1st edition. 152 pp, b/w illustrations. Hardcover with dust jacket. Fine.

Foigny's "La Terre Australe Connue" published in 1676, is an engaging and playful example of the "imaginary voyage" genre. It is also a 17th-century work with some curiously modern resonances. Written by a Franciscan monk defrocked for his licentiousness, it is one of the best-known French utopias of that era, one that is discussed in every general history of utopianism.
 
Until now, the only English translation available was one made in 1693 from a bowdlerised edition published the previous year. This scholarly translation, with introduction and notes, makes the original text accessible to English language readers for the first time.
 
Written in the tradition of More's "Utopia" and serving itself as a forerunner to Swift's "Gulliver's Travels", "The Southern Land, Known" offered its readers a radical criticism of then prevailing ideologies in the guise of a lively and provocative novel. Knowledge of the vast continent of Australia was, in Foigny's day, still mingled with legends, hearsay and travellers' tales. It is in this context that the "unknown Southern Land" becomes known to the hero of this short, action-packed and highly structured story. The narrator braves a long sea journey, raging storms, shipwrecks, giant whales and high-flying creatures that try to eat him - all to reach the mysterious Austral utopia. Peopled by hermaphrodites, Foigny's Australia is a society in which distinctions of both class and gender have been abolished.
 
It includes, among other things, an indictment of "the great empire that the male usurped over the female" as "rather a form of tyranny than a just cause". Today, Foigny's hermaphrodite utopia is attracting new critical attention for its bold and imaginative treatment of social, political, and religious themes. Some of these are as fanciful and contentious today as they were 300 years ago; but all provide insight into that pivotal time, the Early Enlightenment. As a "voyage of discovery," for example, the story mirrors Foigny's own experience as a Huguenot refugee and reflects the rootlessness central to the "modern condition." It also engages issues of gender and power that are of vital significance today.

Other Items You Might Like

  • Similar Items Available
  • Items From This Author
  • Items From This Category
TIBET: A TREKKING GUIDE TO SOUTHERN TIBET 1993 Bob Gibbons and Sian Pritchard-Jones 1993 Paperback Near Fine-Fine Multiple Copies Available
By: Gibbons, Bob
Price $4.99 ~ Regular $25.00, You Save $20.01 (80%)
- Item # GB464-4806
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
NEPAL: THE FAR WESTERN REGION - A TRAVELLING COMPANION FOR TRAVELLERS, TREKKERS & CLIMBERS M. Lindenfelser 1993 Paperback Fine Multiple Copies Available
By: Lindenfelser, M.
Price $4.99 ~ Regular $12.95, You Save $7.96 (61%)
- Item # GB309-4803
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
SCIENCE IN THE SUBARCTIC: TRAPPERS, TRADERS AND THE SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION Debra Lindsay 1993 1st ed Hardcover DJ New 5 Copies Available
By: Lindsay, Debra
Price $1.99 ~ Regular $25.00, You Save $23.01 (92%)
- Item # PL130-2935
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
THE TREACHEROUS SNOWS Andrew C. Hartzell 1993 1st ed Hardcover DJ Near Fine-Fine 2 Copies Available
By: Hartzell, Andrew C.
Price $4.95 ~ Regular $15.95, You Save $11.00 (69%)
- Item # OP2166-1292
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
PORTRAITS FROM THE AGE OF EXPLORATION Andre Thevet and Roger Schlesinger 1993 Hardcover DJ Fine 2 Copies Available
By: Thevet, Andre and Roger Schlesinger (Editor)
Price $4.99 ~ Regular $30.00, You Save $25.01 (83%)
- Item # PL284-6932
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
FROM HEAVEN LAKE Vikram Seth 1987 or 1993 Paperback New Multiple Copies Available
By: Seth, Vikram
Price $11.00
- Item # BK1408-814
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
BELOW THE CONVERGENCE; VOYAGES TOWARD ANTARCTICA 1699-1839 Alan Gurney 1998 Paperback Fine
By: Gurney, Alan
Price $2.99 ~ Regular $14.95, You Save $11.96 (80%)
- Item # PL86-239
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
SPORT CLIMBING CONNECTION, SPORT CLIMBING, CONNECTION
Price $3.00
- Item # JR252
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
BLIND CORNERS: ADVENTURES ON SEVEN CONTINENTS Geoff Tabin 1993 1st ed Hardcover DJ New [Not Signed]
By: Tabin, Geoff
Price $4.99 ~ Regular $35.00, You Save $30.01 (86%)
- Item # BK1514B-583218
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
WEATHER PIONEERS: THE SIGNAL CORPS STATION AT PIKES PEAK Phyllis Smith 1993 Paperback Near Fine-New 3 Copies Available
By: Smith, Phyllis
Price $4.99 ~ Regular $19.00, You Save $14.01 (74%)
- Item # BK5866-6143
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
Sorry, we were unable find any similar items available by this author.


MOUNT EVEREST 1938 H.W. Tilman 1948 1st ed Hardcover DJ Fine
By: Tilman, H. W.
Price $114.99 ~ Regular $150.00, You Save $35.01 (23%)
- Item # OP180D-443
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
DISCOVERY: THE QUEST FOR THE GREAT SOUTH LAND Miriam Estensen 1999 1st US ed Hardcover DJ New
By: Estensen, Miriam
Price $4.99 ~ Regular $24.95, You Save $19.96 (80%)
- Item # PL70-326
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
K2 THE SAVAGE MOUNTAIN 1954 1st ed Hardcover DJ Fine SIGNED by 6: Bob Bates, Charles Houston, Dee Molenaar, George Bell, Tony Streather, Pete Schoening
By: Houston, Charles and Robert Bates
Price $495.95 ~ Regular $750.00, You Save $254.05 (34%)
- Item # OP412-597
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
ALPES VAUDOISES Louis Seylaz 1948 Large Format Hardcover DJ Near Fine
By: Seylaz, Louis
Price $19.99
- Item # OP3936-789
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
GOING TO EXTREMES Joe McGinnis 1980 Hardcover No DJ Near Fine
By: McGinnis, Joe
Price $4.99 ~ Regular $99.95, You Save $94.96 (95%)
- Item # PL6301-293
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
K2: 8611M Charles Houston, Bob Bates, George Bell 1954 1st ed Softcover Fine
By: Houston, Charles, Bob Bates and George Bell
Price $119.99 ~ Regular $250.00, You Save $130.01 (52%)
- Item # OP250-443
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
CLIMBING AND HIKING IN ECUADOR Rob Rachowiecki and Betsy Wagenhauser 1994 3rd ed Paperback Near Fine
By: Rachowiecki, Rob and Betsy Wagenhauser
Price $7.95 ~ Regular $15.95, You Save $8.00 (50%)
- Item # GB395B-100
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
NORDIC TOURING AND CROSS COUNTRY SKIING M. Michael Brady 1966 1st ed Paperback Near Fine
By: Brady, M. Michael
Price $1.99
- Item # OP5309-178
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
GUIDE TO THE COLORADO MOUNTAINS [ORMES GUIDE] Robert Ormes 1971 6th ed Hardcover Near Fine
By: Ormes, Robert
Price $6.99
- Item # GB673F-796
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
MY VERTICAL WORLD: CLIMBING THE 8000-METRE PEAKS Jerzy Kukuczka 1992 1st edition Hardcover DJ Fine
By: Kukuczka, Jerzy
Price $150.00 ~ Regular $275.00, You Save $125.00 (45%)
- Item # BK837-3082
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart