Atlas of Lost Cities (Hardcover)

A Travel Guide to Abandoned and Forsaken Destinations

By Aude de Tocqueville

Black Dog & Leventhal, 9780316352024, 144pp.

Publication Date: April 5, 2016

List Price: 24.99*
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Description

Explore more than forty forsaken urban destinations around the world in a "highly entertaining read ... for history buffs, mystery fanatics and travel junkies alike" (GoNomad).

Cities are mortal, but the traces they leave behind tell a fascinating story. In Atlas of Lost Cities, an accomplished travel writer reveals the rise and fall of notable places, each pithy portrait illuminated by a vintage map that puts armchair explorers right in the scene. Wander with care through:
  • Ancient and legendary places like Pompeii, Teotihuacán, and Angkor
  • Contemporary wonders like Centralia, a nearly abandoned Pennsylvania town consumed by unquenchable underground fire
  • Eerie planned communities like Nova Citas de Kilamba in Angola, where housing, schools, and stores were built for 500,000 people who never came
  • Epecuen, a tourist town in Argentina that was swallowed by water
With each map are fantastical illustrations that help the reader envision these hubs as they were in their prime. A perfect gift for the traveler who believes he or she has seen it all.


About the Author

Aude de Tocqueville is an award-winning cultural heritage and history author who has written more than 20 books. She lives in France.


Praise For Atlas of Lost Cities: A Travel Guide to Abandoned and Forsaken Destinations

"Features well-known lost cities like Pompeii and Angkor, but also explores lesser-known, but similarly majestic places.... Each destination is accompanied by an account of its history and mythology, and a beautifully detailed illustration by Karin Doering-Froger."—Atlas Obscura

"For history buffs, mystery fanatics, and travel junkies alike, The Atlas of Lost Cities is a highly entertaining read filled with stories of the world's forgotten destinations."—GoNomad

"[A] eulogy for ancient and modern cities that fell to crises both man-made and natural. The illustrations depict the cities before their nadir-somewhere between thriving and decimation."—Citylab.com