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  • Terra Australisby Mark Fielding; Sue King; Kate Pratt; Noelene Bloomfield; Terra Australis 2001 WA Committee

    Terra Australis 2001 WA Committee 2003; US$ 10.00

    The 1800-1804 Baudin expedition was the greatest voyage of marine exploration of its age. The map makers surveyed around 50% of Australia's then largely unexplored coast - proving it a single continent, which led to the first comprehensive map of Australia's coastline. Over 200,000 botanical specimens were collected and 2,542 species identified for... 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 Obsessionby Alexis S. Troubetzkoy

    St. Martin's Press 2011; US$ 8.99

    The epic history of the explorers and adventurers who risked -- and sometimes lost -- their lives in the quest to conquer and claim the Arctic. Ever since approximately 325 BC, the Arctic has been the backdrop for tales of triumph and disaster, of hardship and horrors endured by those who were drawn to the northern latitudes. For centuries the... 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$ 18.49

    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...

  • 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$ 15.84

    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...

  • 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 Lost City of Zby David Grann

    Simon & Schuster UK 2009; US$ 13.57

    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 US$ 11.98

    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$ 11.81

    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...