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History of discoveries, explorations, and travel

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  • Voyages and Discoveriesby Richard Hakluyt; Jack Beeching

    Penguin Books Ltd 2006; US$ 23.98

    Renaissance diplomat and part-time spy, William Hakluyt was also England's first serious geographer, gathering together a wealth of accounts about the wide-ranging travels and discoveries of the sixteenth-century English. One of the epics of this great period of expansion, The Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques and Discoveries of the English... more...

  • Explorersby DK Publishing

    DK Publishing 2010; US$ 40.00

    From the first people to leave Africa to the first to leave the planet, the urge to explore the unknown has driven human progress. Explorers tells the story of humanity's explorations, taking the reader into the lives of some of the most intrepid people ever known. Throughout history, exploration has arisen from a wide range of impulses, from... more...

  • Russian Exploration, from Siberia to Spaceby Brian Bonhomme

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2012; US$ 55.00

    In the history of geographical discovery and exploration, a well-known cast of European characters and events takes center stage. While the importance of achievements by Columbus, Cortes, Magellan, Cook, Lewis and Clark, and Neil Armstrong remains unassailable, the participation of Russia in the European era of exploration, conquest, expansion, and... more...

  • Wheels Within Wheelsby Dervla Murphy

    Eland Publishing 2011; US$ 14.57

    What is it that makes us who we are? In this beautifully written and searingly honest autobiography, the intrepid cyclist and traveller Dervla Murphy remembers her richly unconventional first thirty years. She describes her determined childhood self ? strong-willed and beguiled by books from the first ? her intermittent formal education and the intense... more...

  • Lady Franklin's Revengeby Ken McGoogan

    HarperCollins Canada 2010; US$ 17.99

    When Sir John Franklin disappeared into the Arctic in 1845, it was his adventurous wife, Jane Franklin, who kept the search for him alive and, as a result, contributed more to the discovery and mapping of the North than any explorer. A third masterful biography from historian Ken McGoogan, Lady Franklin?s Revenge is the richly documented story of... more...

  • The Mammoth Book of Travel in Dangerous Places: Siberia and Alaskaby John Keay

    Constable & Robinson 2012; US$ 0.86

    Stranded on Bering Island - Georg Wilhelm Steller As physician and scientific know-all on Vitus Bering's 1741 voyage, Steller shared its triumphs, including landing the first Europeans in Alaska. He also shared its disasters. Returning across the north Pacific to Russian Kamchatka, the crew was stricken with scurvy and the vessel grounded. Bering... more...

  • The Mammoth Book of Travel in Dangerous Places: Central and South Asiaby John Keay

    Constable & Robinson 2012; US$ 2.17

    Alarms amongst the Uzbeks - Alexander Burnes Of all the "forbidden" cities (Timbuktu, Mecca, Lhasa, Riyadh and so on) none enjoyed a more fearsome reputation that Bukhara in Uzbekistan. The first British Indian expedition, that of William Moorcroft in 1819-26, had never returned. Moorcroft's disappearance, like that of Livingstone or Franklin,... more...

  • The Mammoth Book of Travel in Dangerous Places: Arabiaby John Keay

    Constable & Robinson 2012; US$ 1.30

    Escape from Riyadh - William Gifford Palgrave A scholar and a solider, a Jesuit and a Jew, a French spy and a British ambassador- Palgrave was a man of contradictions, all of them highly compromised when in 1862-3, fortified by Pius IX's blessing and Napoleon III's cash, he attempted the first west- east crossing of the Arabian peninsular. To... more...

  • The Mammoth Book of Travel in Dangerous Places: North Americaby John Keay

    Constable & Robinson 2012; US$ 0.86

    First Crossing of America - Alexander Mackenzie "Endowed by nature with an acquisitive mind and an enterprising spirit", Mackenzie, a Scot engaged in the Canadian fur trade, resolved, as he out it "to test the practicability of penetrating across the continent of America". In 1789 he followed a river (the Mackenzie) to the sea; but it turned... more...

  • The Mammoth Book of Travel in Dangerous Places: Australiaby John Keay

    Constable & Robinson 2012; US$ 1.88

    Landfall at Botany Bay - James Cook The son of a Yorkshire farm labourer, Cook won distinction as a naval hydrographer but was still a controversial choice to command a voyage of scientific observation to the Pacific in 1768. Its results, including the first coastal surveys of New Zealand and eastern Australia, led to a second voyage to the south... more...