The Ace Camp Journal

Stories on the Road, City Guides, People, Places, Things we Like.

The Travel Books of Miroslav Sasek

Czech illustrator and author Miroslav Sasek created 18 wonderful "This Is " books in the series between 1959 and 1974. The books he wrote painted a delightful and evocative picture of some of the world's great cities (and countries!)

His series of charming, pictorial oversize books are allall published by Macmillan. There is usually an illustration of (presumably) Sasek himself going to wherever the book is set on the bottom left inside cover and a similar illustration on the bottom right inside cover which shows him leaving with some kind of local adornment.

Most of the things that Sasek has picked out are still noteworthy today and his style has endured. They are true classics. Of all the books he has done in the This Is series, his three favorites remain This Is Edinburgh (1961), This Is Venice (1961) and This Is Hong Kong (1965).

Angela Ritchie