Escales au bout du monde (Stopovers on the edge of the world), the first ever coffee table book on the French Southern an Antarctic Territories (FSATs)
Authors : Stéphanie LÉGERON and Bruno MARIE
Éditor : Insulae éditions, Reunion island
Prefaced by : Nicolas Hulot
Published in January 2016 and distributed throughout France, Escales au bout du monde is the 1st ever coffee table book on the French Southern and Antarctic Territories (FSATs). Prefaced by Nicolas Hulot, this book highlights for the 1st time the most extreme French overseas: the Scat-tered Islands near Madagascar, the Crozet and Kerguelen Archipelagos, Saint-Paul and Amsterdam Islands on the edge of the Indian Ocean, and finally Adelia Land on the Antarctic continent. In those fascinating lands without per-manent residents, France ensures a continuous presence through scientific, technical or military bases. Organisation of the overseas collectivity, geography, geology, history of the 5 districts, environment, fauna and flora, research, sustainable fisheries, living conditions on board ships and scientific bases… Every facet of the FSATs is well documented in a dedicated chapter.
The FSATs are fascinating lands in the southern hemisphere...
Discover in this book the most remoted and unknown French overseas territories.
Think you know France? All of France, including its overseas? Don’t be so sure!
This exclusive, beautiful 448 page book prefaced by Nicolas Hulot finally unveils the most extreme French territories. The FSATs! A huge maritime area (more than the quar-ter of waters under French jurisdiction), the largest French nature reserve, extraordinary islands, be they tropical, subtropical, subantarctic, and even a portion of the Antarctic continent that stretches to the South Pole!
Located off the beaten tracks, the FSATs belong to the last almost original sanctuaries of the planet. They consist of islands dispersed in the Indian Ocean - Scattered Islands, Crozet and Kerguelen archipelagos, Saint-Paul and Amsterdam Islands - and of Adelia Land, in Antarctica. Those natural treasures are part of internationally recognized lands of science. Among difficult exploration attempts, seal industry or multiple shipwrecks in the southern seas, the FSATs also contain hidden gems of our own history...
Stopovers on the edge of the world is the fruit of two years of work and long reports throughout the FSATs. It is the first ever coffee table book dedicated to those remote overseas territories. Travel story, historical summaries, more than 1,200 photographs, 30 detailed geographic maps, 65 human stories, 48 sheets on wild fauna and flora... Go and explore without delay our last hidden heritage, and you will embark on a journey that is out of the ordinary…
Here are the key features of the book:
- closed format 25 x 28 cm, 448 inside pages;
- varying content first valuing the FSATs as a whole;
- balance between texts and images;
- more than 1,200 photographs;
- 65 testimonies on the ground;
- 30 detailed geographic maps entirely designed;
- 48 sheets on wild fauna and flora;
- travel story all along the book;
- historical synthesis introducing each territory;
- elegant graphic design and art work;
- printing on a high-quality satin-coated, wood-free and recyclable paper, selective varnish applied on all images;
- price including taxes : 45 euros.
We have had excellent feedback from readers, who confirm the suitability of the layout for the book’s contents. In spite of a huge variety of information, readers easily find benchmarks within the pages. They discover an editorial and iconographic content considered to be very comprehensive, diversified, accessible and exciting.
First document of its kind, the coffee table book is aimed at helping the reader to be immersed in the FSATs’ wild places. It shows the beauty of those wildlife sanctuaries located all over the globe. However, the book is not only naturalistic or scientific, but diversified and easy to enter into. Topics other than environment and research are covered in the different chapters: history, description of the transport and scientific ships, daily life on the bases for people working there, sustainable and responsible fisheries, philately... We believe that these issues are more appealing if they are raised in an accessible way, in an edition revealing unknown, unspoilt and spectacular places where nature, but preserved, is particularly vulnerable.
Stopovers on the edge of the world was given rhythm by dozens of portraits and testimonies, to give stakeholders of the FSATs an opportunity to express their views in the abovementioned areas: scientists, military detachments, meteorologists, crew members, historians... This major undertaking involved working in conjunction with various local stakeholders: the French National Centre for Scientific Research, the Institut Paul-Émile Victor, the National Museum for Natural History in Paris...
Moreover, every part of the territories has been mapped and been introduced by an historical synthesis enhanced by archival documents.