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History of discoveries, explorations, and travel

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  • 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...

  • Stanleyby Tim Jeal

    Faber & Faber 2011; US$ 14.57

    Henry Morton Stanley was a cruel imperialist - a bad man of Africa. Or so we think: but as Tim Jeal brilliantly shows, the reality of Stanley's life is yet more extraordinary. Few people know of his dazzling trans-Africa journey, a heart-breaking epic of human endurance which solved virtually every one of the continent's remaining geographical puzzles.... 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...

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

    Constable & Robinson 2012; US$ 1.30

    Eating Dirt in Venezuela - Alexander von Humboldt Geographer, geologist, naturalist, anthropologist, physician and philosopher, Baron von Humboldt brought to exploration a greater range of enquiry than any contemporary. Also an indomitable traveller, particularly in the Orinoco/Amazon basin (1799-1804), he often invited danger but always... more...