- Hardcover: 196 pages
- Publisher: Books for Libraries (June 1922)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0836969634
- ISBN-13: 978-0836969634
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,043,940 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Legendary Islands of the Atlantic; A Study in Medieval Geography.
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The opinion of the author is politely dismissive of the possibility that these islands did exist and tries to account for their continued legendary appearance as due to the heightened imagination ( 'philosophical romance' in Plato's case) of people at a time before Scientific method had established itself. Needless to say, the author neither disproves or proves their existence although he leans in favour of the former.
In terms of modern scientific proof not much has changed since the book was written and there is no more new knowledge today regarding the lost islands of Atlantis, Hy Brazil, Mayda and others mentioned in the book. Nevertheless, this book is a very good examination of all available sources at the time and shows many old maps, highlighting the discrepancies between maps of different eras. I should mention that the quality of the maps is not very good presumably because it is based on a copies of old maps. However the book is still an excellent source for discovering what ancient maps are available and how the cartographers made mistakes copying the information from one map to another.
In the end, you can make up your own opinion on whether you feel these islands ever existed. The author understandably, given his time, scoffs at the idea but, to his great credit, gives us an excellent account of all references he could find relating to these lost or legendary islands.
Personally, I believe that loss of land to the sea is a natural regular occurrence albeit over a long time. It normally takes thousands of years and these islands most likely did exist at one time and were sunk due to a catastrophe or the common phenomenon of hydro-isostasy and inundation at a time of high sea levels at the end of last ice age. Whatever rump of land was left was eventually eroded away.
The evidence unfortunately is buried deep in the sands at the bottom of the Atlantic. But whatever your viewpoint, I would recommend reading this well written book.