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  • Incomparable Captain Cadellby John Nicholson

    Allen & Unwin 2004; US$ 27.22

    In an age when exploration was at its peak, Francis Cadell?s career reads like the quintessential boy?s own adventure. Born and raised on the Leith waterfront into a large family of ambitious achievers, he was lured early to a life on the high seas. In 1836 at the age of fourteen, he sailed to China where he ran supplies and ammunition to the besieged... more...

  • Exploration and Scienceby Michael S. Reidy; Gary Kroll

    ABC-CLIO 2006; US$ 75.00

    This comprehensive volume explores the intricate, mutually dependent relationship between science and exploration?how each has repeatedly built on the discoveries of the other and, in the process, opened new frontiers. When Britain launched its campaigns of overseas expansion in the 19th century, it enlisted the help of scientists such as Charles Darwin... more...

  • From Lead Mines to Gold Fieldsby Henry Taylor; Donald L. Parman

    UNP - Nebraska 2015; US$ 24.95

    Henry Taylor?s long life (1825?1931) gave him an unusual perspective on change in American society. During his lifetime, the West was largely settled. America fought wars with Mexico and Spain, was nearly torn apart by a civil conflict, and then joined allies across the sea in World War I. Inventions proliferated (trains, cars, airplanes, to name... more...

  • Spiceby Jack Turner

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2008; US$ 17.00

    A brilliant, original history of the spice trade?and the appetites that fueled it. It was in search of the fabled Spice Islands and their cloves that Magellan charted the first circumnavigation of the globe. Vasco da Gama sailed the dangerous waters around Africa to India on a quest for Christians?and spices. Columbus sought gold and pepper but found... more...

  • The Memoirs of Barry Lyndon, Esqby William Makepeace Thackeray

    ReadHowYouWant 2009; US$ 4.99

    First published in 1844, The Memoirs of Barry Lyndon, Esq. by Thackeray is a picaresque novel also known as The Luck of Barry Lyndon. It chronicles the life of impoverished Redmond Barry, an Irishman who wants to be an English aristocrat. An opportunist, rake, and gambler, he serves in the Seven Years War, first under the English flag and then, for... more...

  • The Paris Sketch Bookby William Makepeace Thackeray

    ReadHowYouWant 2009; US$ 4.99

    The Paris Sketch Book (1840) is a travelogue by William Makepeace Thackeray, published under the pseudonym of Michael Angelo Titmarsh. Thackeray includes in his book various essays and stories, such as An Invasion of France, The Story of Mary Ancel, and French Dramas and Melodramas. In some of these papers he records his observations during his residence... more...

  • Tales of the Seven Seasby Dennis M. Powers

    Taylor Trade Publishing 2010; US$ 9.99

    Captain Dynamite Johnny O'Brien sailed the seven seas for over sixty years, starting in the late 1860s in India and ending in the early 1930s on the U.S. West Coast. This book tells of sailing over the oceans when danger and adventure coexisted every day, tough times, and courageous men in distant places, from the Hawaiian Islands to the Bering Sea.... more...

  • The Ice Passageby Brian Payton

    Doubleday Canada 2009; US$ 19.95

    A thrilling account of suffering and survival, The Ice Passage charts an epic quest from desire to destiny. It begins as a mission of mercy. Four and a half years after the disappearance of Arctic explorer Sir John Franklin and his two ships, HMS Investigator sets sail in search of them. Instead of rescuing lost comrades, the Investigator... more...

  • Columbus on Himselfby Felipe Fernández-Armesto

    Hackett Publishing Company, Inc. 2010; US$ 13.50

    Intended as an antidote to potted biographies and piecemeal reconstructions of his voyages, this volume draws on judicious selections from Christopher Columbus’s own writings—chronologically arranged, and translated into idiomatic English—to relate his self-perception and personal history, as far as is possible, in his own words. The... more...

  • In Shackleton's Footstepsby Henry Worsley

    Ebury Publishing 2011; US$ 14.09

    On the 29th of October 1908, a party of four men, led by Ernest Shackleton, set out to be the first to reach the South Pole. Three months later, their mission was in ruins and they faced certain death if they carried on. Just 97 miles from the South Pole, Shackleton turned back. One hundred years on, in October 2008, a team that included descendants... more...