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  • Paths Without Gloryby James L. Newman

    Potomac Books 2011; US$ 29.95

    Few people have garnered so much enduring interest as Sir Richard Burton. A true polymath, Burton is best known today for his translations of the Kama Sutra and Arabian Nights . Yet, Africa stood at the center of his adult life. The Burton-Speke expedition (1856?59) that put Lake Tanganyika on the map led to years of controversy over the source... more...

  • Sixty Degrees Northby Malachy Tallack

    Birlinn 2015; US$ 11.65

    ‘a brave book . . . and a beautiful book? – ROBERT MAC FARLA NE ‘Malachy Tallack is the real deal, a writer given over to pure curiosity, honest witness and that most precious of gifts, an unselfconscious sense of wonder . . . not just a vibrant new voice, but a wise, questioning and highly sophisticated talent? – JOHN BURNSIDE ‘A beautifully written... more...

  • Beyond the Edge of the Seaby Mauricio Obregon

    Random House Publishing Group 2001; US$ 15.00

    The story of Jason and the Argonauts and Homer's tales of Ulysses' wanderings are among the greatest of the ancient epics, but they are not merely fiction. Following the clues in the classical texts, Mauricio Obregón here maps the likely routes of these adventurers and reveals the remaining traces of the things and places they describe, re-creating... more...

  • Postcolonialism, Psychoanalysis and Burtonby Ben Grant

    Taylor and Francis 2008; US$ 48.95

    By engaging closely with the work of Richard Francis Burton (1821-90), the iconic nineteenth-century imperial spy, explorer, anthropologist and translator,  Postcolonialism, Psychoanalysis and Burton explores the White Man?s ?imperial fantasies?, and the ways in which the many metropolitan discourses to which Burton contributed drew upon and reinforced... more...

  • Palgrave Concise Historical Atlas of Central Asiaby R. Abazov

    Palgrave Macmillan 2008; US$ 75.00

    This atlas graphically illuminates the region's history tracing back to the 8th-7th century B.C. From the spread of Islam to the invasion of the Mongols, the area has been at the crossroads of some of the world's most important developments, all succinctly explained in this book. more...

  • Geological Atlas of Africaby Thomas Schlüter; Martin H. Trauth

    Springer Berlin Heidelberg 2008; US$ 359.00

    This is the first attempt to summarise the geology of Africa by presenting it in an atlas and to synthesise the stratigraphy, tectonics, economic geology, geohazards, geosites and geoscientific education of each country and territory of the continent. more...

  • Remembering the Early Modern Voyageby Mary C. Fuller

    Palgrave Macmillan 2008; US$ 105.00

    This book investigates the operations of memory over time through three case studies: the famous anthology by Richard Hakluyt memorializing the feats of Elizabethan voyagers, the eccentric autobiography of Captain John Smith, and the little known history of early modern Newfoundland. more...

  • Explorations into Highland New Guinea, 1930-1935by Michael J. Leahy; Douglas E. Jones; Jane C. Goodale

    University of Alabama Press 2011; US$ 34.95

    In the 1920s and 1930s there were adventures to be lived and fortunes to be made by strong young men in the outback of Australia and the gold fields of New Guinea. This is the diary of five years spent in hot pursuit?not of honor and glory, but of excitement and riches?by one such adventurer, Michael "Mick" Leahy, his brothers Jim and Pat, and friends... more...

  • The A to Z of the Discovery and Exploration of Australiaby Alan Day

    Scarecrow Press 2009; US$ 36.99

    All aspects of the discovery of Australia are revealed in this reference work. It is especially useful for its comprehensive gallery of the exploits and achievements of the key figures in Australian Exploration. more...

  • Vanished!by Evan L. Balkan

    Menasha Ridge Press 2010; US$ 8.95

    In the best adventures, the intrepid explorer returns home to banner headlines and a hero?s welcome…but what of the men and women who don?t return home? This collection proves their stories are just as compelling. From the disappearance in Utah of cowboy roamer Everett Ruess to the loss of billionaire explorer Michael Rockefeller in the wilds of... more...