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  • Alpha - Gammaby Margarethe Billerbeck; Jan Felix Gaertner; Beatrice Wyss; Christian Zubler

    De Gruyter 2006; US$ 307.00

    This encyclopaedia, compiled around 530 AD, is more or less the Byzantine Encyclopaedia Britannica of the ancient world. It lists some 3,600 names of places, mountains, lakes, rivers, waters and peoples, explaining their origins and derivations.  The founding legends and wealth of cultural historical information contained in it make it... more...

  • Scott of the Antarcticby David Crane

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2008; US$ 16.95

    Historian David Crane, with full access to the explorer?s papers, diaries, and expedition records, gives us an illuminating portrait of Robert Falcon Scott that is more nuanced and balanced than any we have had before. In reassessing Scott?s life, Crane is able to provide a fresh perspective on not only the Discovery expedition of 1901?4 and the... more...

  • Southby Ernest Henry Shackleton

    The Floating Press 1919; US$ 7.99

    When Sir Henry Ernest Shackleton was beaten to the South Pole in 1912, he decided to trek across the continent via the pole instead. Before his ship even reached the continent it was crushed in pack ice. Shackleton managed to bring his entire team home by his masterful leadership through a series of incredible events. He has become a cult figure and... more...

  • Geography in America at the Dawn of the 21st Centuryby Gary L. Gaile; Cort J. Willmott

    OUP Oxford 2004; US$ 82.99 US$ 71.37

    Surveys American geographers' current research in their speciality areas and tracks trends and innovations in the subfields of geography. Based on a process of review and revision, it is both a 'state of the discipline' assessment and a topical reference. The authors were chosen by their specialty groups of the American Association of Geographers. more...

  • The Last Great Questby Max Jones

    OUP Oxford 2004; US$ 11.99 US$ 10.31

    The story of Captain Scott's last Antarctic expedition is one of the greatest adventure stories ever told. Captain Robert Falcon Scott, Lieutenant Henry Bowers, Petty Officer Edgar Evans, Captain Lawrence Oates, and Dr Edward Wilson all died on the return trek from the South Pole, starved and frozen, only eleven miles from a supply camp. In November... more...

  • Bernhard Varenius (1622-1650)by

    BRILL 2007; US$ 144.00

    Bernhard Varenius' books influenced the history of science in such a way that Isaac Newton, Alexander von Humboldt and Tsar Peter the Great all referred to him. Varenius wrote the first comprehensive description of Japan ("Descriptio regni Japoniae," 1649) from a European perspective, exclusively based on a diversity of sources. But the... more...

  • Eratosthenes' "Geography"by Eratosthenes; Duane W. Roller

    Princeton University Press 2010; US$ 66.00 US$ 52.80

    This is the first modern edition and first English translation of one of the earliest and most important works in the history of geography, the third-century Geographika of Eratosthenes. In this work, which for the first time described the geography of the entire inhabited world as it was then known, Eratosthenes of Kyrene (ca. 285-205 BC) invented... more...

  • Encyclopedia of Explorationby Carl Waldman; Jon Cunningham; Alan Wexler

    Infobase Publishing 2004; US$ 270.00

    A two-volume reference to the history of human exploration over land, across and under seas, and into space. Volume I: The Explorers is a "who was who" of world explorers, while Volume II: Places, Technologies, and Cultural Trends covers other significant aspects of the history of exploration. more...

  • The Passport in Americaby Craig Robertson

    Oxford University Press 2010; US$ 17.99 US$ 15.47

    How the passport developed as a document speaks to migration studies, diplomatic and legal history, and, more generally, to those interested in the history and development of surveillance technologies. Craig Robertson explains how Americans learned to document an identity, who can establish such an identity, and to what purpose such an identity can... more...

  • Imagining the World: Mythical Belief versus Reality in Global Encountersby O. Dathorne

    ABC-CLIO 1994; US$ 84.00

    This is a study of the manner in which certain mythical notions of the world become accepted as fact. Dathorne shows how particular European concepts such as El Dorado, the Fountain of Youth, a race of Amazons, and monster (including cannibal) images were first associated with the Orient. After the New World encounter they were repositioned to North... more...