The gorgeous pull-out book has been created by illustrator Nicolas André, and delineates in rich, bright colours the world’s most significant peaks, troughs and underwater recesses.
The jacket provides information on the sites illustrated in the imagery, which include Mount Etna in Sicily. The summits of the Himalayas and Mont Blanc – which we’re told was known as ‘the cursed mountain’ in the 18th century.
The characters featured in the publication range from Greek philosopher Empedocles to New Zealand mountaineer and explorer Edmund Hillary to the ‘human fish’ of Ljubljana – strange little amphibian creatures also known as olms or proteus, and found in Slovenia.
André traces these bracing adventures from as early as the fifth century BC – when apparently Empedocles, on climbing to Etna’s peak, took off his shoes and jumped into the depths of the volcano – right up to 2012 when the Ukrainian Speleological Association launched an international mission to reach a new world record depth of – 2,197m in the Krubera Cave in Georgia.
Beyond the Surface by Nicolas Andrew is out now published by NoBrow priced £10