London: Viking Press, 2003. First Edition. Octavo. (14cm. x 22cm.) 432 pp. Illustrated dust jacket. Illustrated endpapers. Full maroon boards with titles in gold on spine. Signature of author on title page. Near Fine. Item #219
Simply put, "Krakatoa", put writer Simon Winchester on the map. His breathtakingly detailed account of the explosion of the volcano on Krakatoa, on an island off the coast of Java in 1883, became an instant classic of historical journalism. Winchester's ability to write about a moment in history as if it was breaking news gives "Krakatoa" an astounding readability. A rare, signed copy of this book that changed how people read and understand history.