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Johann Burckhardt's discovery of Petra in 1812; Henri Mouhot overwhelmed by his first sight of the temples of Angkor Wat; the search for the elusive source of the Nile; or retracing a vanishing Route 66 across the USA... These are among the 20 journeys of discovery described here and accompanied by full-page reproductions of the maps that inspired or led the adventurers. 'With a map anything is possible', writes Matteoli. 'We open it as we would a novel.'