'Readers of this beautifully-produced volume will be far from miserable, and may even be inspired to keep their own journals and images of life'
'Thrilling ... succeeds in illustrating not only the diversity of maritime sketchbooks but also how vital they were for their creators'
Times Literary Supplement
'Lewis-Jones’s book has everything from illustrated accounts of whaling voyages and naval battles to depictions of Kamchatkan kayakers and fluorescent sea slugs'
'A captivating collection of exquisite first-hand records providing fascinating insights into exploration and adventure at sea'
'Beautiful … readers could easily be left with the impression that all 18th-century seafarers were also talented artists'
'Magnificent first-hand accounts of the thrills and spills of sea exploration'
'The sort of book to curl up with … you will relish each turn of the page as you explore the nautical journeys … humorous, poignant and most definitely informative … this is a book to learn from and treasure'
'Endlessly diverting and beautifully produced'
'A remarkable treasure chest'
'Gorgeously produced … a lovely present for anyone who’s fascinated by exploration'
Practical Boat Owner
'One of the most spectacular and fascinating books I have ever read. A real privilege! Superb'
Book Reviews Monthly
'Wide-ranging and beautifully illustrated'
Books of the Year, Spectator