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  • Over the Edge of the Worldby Laurence Bergreen

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 12.74

    Ferdinand Magellan's daring circumnavigation of the globe in the sixteenth century was a three-year odyssey filled with sex, violence, and amazing adventure. Now in Over the Edge of the World , prize-winning biographer and journalist Laurence Bergreen entwines a variety of candid, firsthand accounts, bringing to life this groundbreaking and majestic... more...

  • Gunpowder, Treason and Plotby Lettice Cooper

    Bloomsbury Publishing 2012; US$ 5.99

    On the fifth of November every year, children all over England delightedly light bonfires, swish sparklers and gobble toffee apples in celebration of Bonfire Night, and the death of Guy Fawkes. But what really happened on the night of the Fifth of November, 1605, when the plot to blow up King and Parliament was discovered? And what led up to so... more...

  • Ships, Clocks, and Starsby Richard Dunn; Rebekah Higgitt

    HarperCollins 2014; US$ 34.99

    A tale of eighteenth-century invention and competition, commerce and conflict, this is a lively, illustrated, and accurate chronicle of the search to solve ?the longitude problem,? the question of how to determine a ship?s position at sea?and one that changed the history of mankind. Ships, Clocks, and Stars brings into focus one of our greatest... more...

  • Three Miles Downby James Hamilton-Paterson

    Faber & Faber 2014; US$ 18.17

    James Hamilton-Paterson describes Three Miles Down (first published in 1998) as 'the account of a treasure hunt in 1995 which I joined as the expedition's chronicler. A group of Britons had chartered the Russian oceanographic ship, the Mstislav Keldysh, to look for the wrecks of two vessels sunk in the Atlantic in the Second World War... Both were... more...

  • Coconut Chaosby Diana Souhami

    Quercus 2012; US$ 12.99

    At dawn on 27 April 1789 Fletcher Christian, master's mate on HMS Bounty, took a coconut to quench his thirst from the supply on the quarterdeck. This seemingly insignificant act resulted in mutiny, chaos and a chain of events that leads right up to the present day. With a story driven by hazardous and extraordinary sea voyages and a cast that includes... more...

  • The Malaspina Expedition 1789?1794by Carlos Novi; Dr Felipe FernŠndez-Armesto; Mr Andrew David; Professor Glyndwr Williams

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2015; US$ 119.95

    Among the voyages of exploration and surveying in the late 18th century, that of Alejandro Malaspina best represents the high ideals and scientific interests of the Enlightenment. Italian-born, Malaspina entered the Spanish navy in 1774. In September 1788 he and fellow-officer Josť Bustamante submitted a plan to the Ministry of Marine for a voyage... more...

  • Baudin, Napoleon and the Exploration of Australiaby Nicole Starbuck

    Taylor and Francis 2015; US$ 52.95

    This is the first in-depth study of the sojourn in Sydney made by Nicolas Baudin?s scientific expedition to Australia in 1802. Starbuck focuses on the reconstruction of the voyage during the expedition?s stay in colonial Sydney and how this sheds new light on our understanding of French society, politics and science in the era of Bonaparte. more...

  • Race and Identity in the Tasman World, 1769?1840by Rachel Standfield

    Taylor and Francis 2015; US$ 52.95

    British imperial encounters with indigenous cultures created perceptions and stereotypes that still persist today. The initial creation of racial images in relation to violence had particular consequences for land ownership. Standfield examines these differences and how they occurred. more...

  • Treasures of the Spanish Mainby John Christopher Fine

    Lyons Press 2006; US$ 28.99

    A fascinating account of shipwrecks and the harrowing attempts to recover their sunken treasure. more...

  • First Voyage Around the World (1519-1522)by Antonio Pigafetta; Jr Theodore J. Cachey

    University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division 2007; US$ 55.00

    The First Voyage around the World is also a remarkably accurate ethnographic and geographical account of the circumnavigation, and one that has earned its reputation among modern historiographers and students of the early contacts between Europe and the East Indies. more...