"A gorgeously written, barking-mad catalog raisonne of, well, all kinds of stuff that we've lost" -- The Tatler
From the Publisher
They vanish. People. Civilizations. Languages. Philosophies. Works of art disappear, species are extinguished, books are lost, cities drown, things once thought immortal suddenly aren't there at all. Whole libraries of knowledge, whole galleries of secrets. Gone. Our culture, our knowledge, and all our lives are shadows cast by what went before. We are defined, not by what we have, but by what we have lost along the way. And so, Lost Worlds:
a glossary of the missing, a cabinet of absent curiosities. No mere miscellany, it weaves a web of everything we no longer have. Lost Worlds:
the book that falls open at every page.