Nine Against the Unknown (Lewis Grassic Gibbon)
- Publish Date: 2001-03-15
- Binding: Paperback
- Author: Lewis Grassic Gibbon
Nine Against the Unknown is the story of nine great explorers who in their deliberate adventuring into the unknown to search for the Fortunate Land, the Isles of Youth, the Golden City -all legendary lands rising originally, in the dawn of history, from a Mediterranean myth -achieved the greater measure of mans conquest of the earth. They tell of Leif Ericsson and his coming to America four hundred and eighty years before Columbus; of Marco Polos great land journeys to Cathay and beyond; of Columbus, led by a dozen rumours, sailing across the Atlantic; of Cabeza de Vaca, that enigmatic Spaniard who searched North America for the Golden City of Ciboa; of Magellan, the first to reach the East Indies from the west; of Vitus Bering, the discoverer of Bering Strait, and his search for Gama Land in the North Pacific; of Richard Burtons innumerable quests in three continents for the golden unknown land; and of Nansens great drift in the Fram towards the last refuge of the Fortunate Land, the North Pole. This is a record of geographical exploration from a time when many believed that the future of humankind lay in the recovery of freedom -of spirit, of belief, of society.