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  • Chasing Venusby Andrea Wulf

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2012; US$ 16.00

    The author of the highly acclaimed Founding Gardeners now gives us an enlightening chronicle of the first truly international scientific endeavor?the eighteenth-century quest to observe the transit of Venus and measure the solar system.    On June 6, 1761, the world paused to observe a momentous occasion: the first transit of Venus between the earth... more...

  • The Discovery of Jeanne Baret: A Story of Science, the High Seas, and th e First Woman to Circumnavigate the Globeby Glynis Ridley

    HarperCollins Publishers 2011; US$ 17.61

    The year was 1765. Eminent botanist Philibert Commerson had just been appointed to a grand new expedition: the first French circumnavigation of the world. As the ships? official naturalist, Commerson would seek out resources?medicines, spices, timber, food?that could give the French an edge in the ever-accelerating race for empire.Jeanne Baret, Commerson?s... more...

  • Hubert Who?by Malcolm Andrews

    HarperCollins Publishers 2011; US$ 20.54

    How can a man who achieved so much be so little remembered? Explorer, pioneer aviator, war photographer, naturalist, meteorologist, author, student of the paranormal, and secret agent; loyal lieutenant to Shackleton, Bean and Hearst; the last man from the West to meet with Lenin ... Sir Hubert Wilkins lived many lives - all of them exciting and fantastic.... more...

  • Wilfred Thesigerby Alexander Maitland

    Overlook 2011; US$ 19.99

    Wilfred Thesiger (1910-2003), the last of the great gentlemen explorer-adventurers, journeyed for sixty years to some of the remotest, most dangerous places on earth from the mountains of western Asia to the marshes of Iraq. The author of Arabian Sands and The Marsh Arabs and The Life of my Choice , he was a legend in his own lifetime but his character... more...

  • Into the Wildby Jon Krakauer

    Pan Macmillan UK 2007; US$ 14.54

    NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTUREJon Krakauer's classic account of a gifted young man who chose literally to walk away from his life.By examining the true story of Chris McCandless, a young man who, in 1992, walked deep into the Alaskan wilderness and whose SOS note and emaciated corpse were found four months later, internationally bestselling author Jon... more...

  • The Travels of Marco Poloby Marco Polo; Jason Goodwin; Manuel Komroff; William Marsden

    Random House Publishing Group 2012; US$ 15.00

    Marco Polo?s account of his journey throughout the East in the thirteenth century was one of the earliest European travel narratives, and it remains the most important. The merchant-traveler from Venice, the first to cross the entire continent of Asia, provided us with accurate descriptions of life in China, Tibet, India, and a hundred other lands,... more...

  • Scott And Amundsenby Roland Huntford

    Little, Brown Book Group 2012; Not Available

    At the beginning of the twentieth century, the South Pole was the most coveted prize in the fiercely nationalistic modern age of exploration. In the brilliant dual biography, the award-winning writer Roland Huntford re-examines every detail of the great race to the South Pole between Britain's Robert Scott and Norway's Roald Amundsen. Scott, who... more...

  • Scott And Amundsenby Roland Huntford

    Little, Brown Book Group 2012; US$ 25.69

    At the beginning of the twentieth century, the South Pole was the most coveted prize in the fiercely nationalistic modern age of exploration. In the brilliant dual biography, the award-winning writer Roland Huntford re-examines every detail of the great race to the South Pole between Britain's Robert Scott and Norway's Roald Amundsen. Scott, who... more...

  • Shackleton's Whiskyby Neville Peat

    Random House New Zealand 2012; US$ 31.12

    A vivid account of Ernest Shackleton's 1907 Antarctic Expedition, and the cases of Mackinlay's single malt whisky that he left behind. The incredible tale of Antarctica, malt whisky and an epic journey. Sir Ernest Shackleton's world fame is founded on the Endurance expedition of 1914-17, an attempt to cross the Antarctic continent that was foiled... more...

  • North-East to Muscovyby Kit Mayers

    The History Press 2013; US$ 29.17

    In 1553 and 1556 the Devon-born sea captain Stephen Borough was given the task of finding a north-east passage to China to open up new trading links between Britain and the East. more...