Noah’s Ark Expedition (Fernand Navarra)

Noah’s Ark Expedition (Fernand Navarra) lands on the shelves of my shop, where it will be found in my Travel Middle East section. priced at just £4.00!

London & Eastbourne: Coverdale House Publishers, 1974, (First Edition) Hardback in dust wrapper.

Contains: Black & white photographs; Colour photographs; Appendices [5];

From the cover: Reports of the sighting of the remains of Noahs Ark on Mount Ararat stretch from the days of antiquity well into the 20th century. Russian aviators during World War I claim to have seen the shape of an immense hulk in a glacial lake below the summit of that lofty peak near the border of present-day Turkey and the Soviet Union. Intrigued by these accounts French industrialist and explorer Fernand Navarra decided to put them to a serious test.

Legend and his own calculations had told him where to look and so, in 1952, he made his first ascent of the mountain, but without success. On a second expedition in 1953 he came within 100 yards of his goal before he was turned back by bad weather. Finally, in 1955, Navarra and his young son, Raphael, in spite of a sudden blizzard, a rock avalanche and the dangerous effects of high altitude and low temperatures reached the elusive site a stagnant glacier 5000 feet below the summit. There, at the bottom of a 45 foot crevasse, the Frenchman unearthed a mysterious piece of hand-hewn wood, apparently of great antiquity.

The book continues with a diary of Navarras 1969 expedition with SEARCH Foundation of Washington, D. C. This trip was also successful. More hewn wood was recovered from a small glacial pond adjacent to the 1955 site. A later SEARCH mission in 1970 failed to reach its goal, partly due to Soviet obstruction. Several interesting appendixes conclude the book, including the reports of several scientists who examined and tested the wood. But most exciting are the photographs, almost 100 in number, both in colour and black and white, which thoroughly document Navarras historic find, and make this one of the most exciting books written about the quest for Noahs Ark.

Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and the top corners of the boards with commensurate wear to the dust wrapper.

Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XV] 138 pages. 8¼” x 5½”.

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