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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Arctic Labyrinthby Glyn Williams

    Penguin Books Ltd 2009; US$ 17.58

    For centuries British navigators dreamt of finding the Northwest Passage - the route over the top of North America that would open up the fabulous wealth of Asia to British merchants. We know now that, while several such passages exist, during the period of the search by sailing vessels they were choked by impassable ice. But this knowledge was slowly... more...

  • Hubert Who?by Malcolm Andrews

    HarperCollins Publishers 2011; US$ 17.85

    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...

  • Chasing Venusby Andrea Wulf

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2012; US$ 16.00

    Prologue The Gauntlet   The Ancient Babylonians called her Ishtar, to the Greeks she was Aphrodite and to the Romans Venus ? goddess of love, fertility, and beauty. She is the brightest star in the night sky and visible even on a clear day. Some saw her as the harbinger of morning and evening, of new seasons or portentous times. She reigns as... 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$ 15.30

    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...

  • The Lost City of Zby David Grann

    Simon & Schuster UK 2009; US$ 13.74

    Colonel Percy Harrison Fawcett was the last of a breed of great British explorers who ventured into 'blank spots' on the map with little more than a machete, a compass and unwavering sense of purpose. In 1925, one of the few remaining blank spots in the world was in the Amazon. Fawcett believed the impenetrable jungle held a secret to a large, complex... more...

  • Fatal Passageby Ken McGoogan

    Transworld 2012; US$ 15.98

    The true story of the remarkable John Rae - Arctic traveller and Hudson's Bay Company doctor - FATAL PASSAGE is a tale of imperial ambition and high adventure. In 1854 Rae solved the two great Arctic mysteries: the fate of the doomed Franklin expedition and the location of the last navigable link in the Northwest Passage. But Rae was to be denied... more...

  • Into the Wildby Jon Krakauer

    Pan Macmillan UK 2007; US$ 12.72

    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...