Book Signing At Athenaeum

yellowstone (4.6) Join translator and editor Suzanne Cane on her and Janet Chapple’s new edition of Belgian travel writer Jules Leclercq’s book Yellowstone, Land of Wonders: Promenade in North America’s National Park, first published in 1886.

In the summer of 1883 Belgian travel writer Jules Leclercq spent ten days on horseback in Yellowstone, the world’s first national park, exploring its natural wonders — astonishing geysers, majestic waterfalls, the vast lake, and the breathtaking canyon. He also recorded the considerable human activity, including the rampant vandalism. At that time, few people anywhere knew about geysers, mud pots and hot springs, despite the fantastical tales told by early explorers of boiling pitch, lands on fire, fountains of hot water, mountains of glass, and glacial rivers. This scientifically-based travelogue by a keenly observant and poetically reflective world traveler is itself a small marvel blending natural history, firsthand impressions, scientific lore, and anecdote. A sensation in Europe, the book was never published in English until now.

Join Ms. Cane as she discusses the book and her translation and shares some of its beautiful 19th century engravings and contemporary photos. Books available for sale and signing.

Free and open to the public, 3pm to 5pm, Sunday, April 6, Providence Athenaeum, 251 Benefit Street

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