Nelson's Arctic Voyage
The Royal Navy's First Polar Expedition 1773
Among the crew of a 1773 expedition commanded by Constantine Phipps to find the North Pole was a 14-year-old Horatio Nelson. This account tells how HMS Racehorse and Carcass were fitted out for the voyage, how they became locked in ice north of Spitsbergen before returning safely home, and how the young Nelson fought a polar bear and saved his crew from a herd of angry walruses.
Sir John Franklin's Erebus and Terror Expedition
Lost and Found
In 1845 Sir John Franklin set out with HMS Erebus and HMS Terror to find the North-West Passage. The expedition ended in the Arctic ice: all 129 men dead, and their ships lost, never to be seen again until the discoveries of 2014 and 2016. Beginning with Franklin’s earlier voyages, describing in detail Erebus and Terror and their crews, and illustrating items retrieved by search parties as well as the recently discovered submerged wrecks, this book brings together every facet of a perennially fascinating story.
Great Desert Explorers
Compared with polar explorers, those who charted the world’s deserts are less remembered. This book presents 60 short biographies of people including JL Burckhardt, discoverer of Abu Simbel, Gertrude Bell who mapped Iraq, and Burke and Wills, whose trek across Australia cost them their lives. Illustrated with maps and photographs, it is arranged geographically with an introduction to each region.
The Epic Story of the Men Who Kept the Endurance Expedition Alive
Shackleton's 1914–17 Antarctic expedition is best remembered for its legendary escape after his ship Endurance was crushed by ice. Less well known are the exploits of the 'Mount Hope Party', dispatched aboard the Aurora to lay food depots across the Great Ice Barrier, without which the planned crossing of the frozen continent would have been impossible. Drawing on the diaries of six expedition members, this book records their story of hardship, heroism and camaraderie – and their tragic fate.
An Illustrated History of Travel
From early nomadic peoples seeking water and fresh grazing to 21st-century missions to Mars, Journey tells the story of travel, whether for trade, conquest, pilgrimage or the inborn curiosity that has led explorers over oceans and across continents. With a huge range of photographs, artworks and maps, the book gives both a grand overview and accounts of individual travels, historic migrations and the evolving technology of transport, ending with illustrated directories of explorers and great journeys.
The Map Tour
Hugh Thomson draws on the Royal Geographical Society’s collection of maps to present a richly illustrated study of tourism structured around the journeys of great travel writers and the maps they would have known. Starting with Daniel Defoe and James Boswell’s tours of Britain, the book traces the routes of the Grand Tourists; the 19th-century adventurers, including Mark Twain in Egypt and Isabella Bird in Persia; and ends with Bruce Chatwin in Afghanistan and a tourist’s map of the country from the 1960s.
The Strange Last Voyage of Donald Crowhurst
In 1968 Donald Crowhurst, an amateur sailor in an untested trimaran, amazed the public by taking the lead in the first solo round-the-world sailing race. Eight months later, his boat was found abandoned in mid-Atlantic. Based on interviews with family and friends, and Crowhurst’s logbook, this account of the stress that prompted him to deceive the world and suffer a mental breakdown formed the basis of the movie The Mercy, starring Colin Firth. Off-mint and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
Adventures of a Young Naturalist
The Zoo Quest Expeditions
In 1954 a young David Attenborough accepted a commission to travel the world in search of rare and elusive animals to add to London Zoo's collection. Filming his expeditions for the BBC television series Zoo Quest, he stayed with local tribes while trekking in search of giant anteaters in Guyana, Komodo dragons in Indonesia and armadillos in Paraguay. On his return, he recorded his experiences in this memoir, illustrated with black and white photographs, and published here with an introduction he added in 2017. Slightly off-mint.
No Horizon is So Far
Two Women and Their Extraordinary Journey Across Antartica
An extraordinary real-life adventure, this book chronicles the journey of two former schoolteachers, Liv Arnesen and Ann Bancroft, on foot across Antarctica, towing their supply sledges over almost 2,000 miles of rough ice while three million schoolchildren tracked their progress on the yourexpedition.com website. Off-mint.
Wildlife of the Arctic
Collins Traveller's Guide
This illustrated guide begins by outlining the geology and climate of the Arctic, and the effects of global warming on the region. The listings that follow offer descriptions of each family of birds and mammals, in addition to fish, insects, plants and lichens; and the individual entries include information about appearance, behaviour patterns, threats to survival, and breeding and wintering grounds.
England's Lost Colony
In the 1650s a group of Cavaliers fled Cromwell’s England for the lush coast of Surinam, where they established a colony named after its founder, Sir Francis Willoughby. While leadership of the colony shifted from its democratic foundation towards autocracy, its impact on the indigenous people came to reflect that of empire more widely. As planters and traders were joined by soldiers and mercenaries, the land described by Aphra Behn as ‘delightful and wonderful’ became one of terror and slavery.
Ask an Astronaut
What does it feel like to sit on top of a 300-tonne rocket? Does food taste different in space? How can I become an astronaut? When he returned from his 186-day mission on the International Space Station, Tim Peake was bombarded with questions. This book presents some of those questions and Tim’s careful, candid and detailed answers about astronaut training, the launch, life and work in space, space walking and returning to earth. Slightly off-mint with a Felt-tip mark on the upper trimmed edge.
Captain Cook and the Northwest Passage
Captain Cook is best known for his South Pacific voyages, but his exploration of the American Arctic in pursuit of the elusive Northwest Passage is arguably of equal importance. Published to accompany an exhibition at Anchorage, Alaska, this collection of essays assesses the impact of Cook’s journey on Russo-British relations and its legacy for later navigators. The text is lavishly illustrated with contemporary paintings, documents and maps, including Cook’s own charts of the Newfoundland coast.
Earth is a desert planet. Nearly half its land area is either cold or hot desert, but these areas are rarely seen by residents of the outside world. Documentary photographer Michael Martin has ridden his motorbike across the Sahara and Atacama deserts, and traversed the ice-fields of Greenland and Spitsbergen by dog sledge. This volume charts his travels through more than 400 photographs, gripping reportage, scientifically exact maps and environmental analysis from contributing experts.
The Northwest Passage Overland
The Epic Journey that Helped Create Canada
In 1862, at the height of the Canadian Gold Rush, Viscount William Milton and Dr Walter Cheadle set off across North America to find a route by which to transport the spoils back east. Author and Arctic explorer Ernest Coleman follows in the footsteps of these brave but ill-prepared amateurs, recounting their hair-raising adventures as they blazed a trail that would bring the railway to the Pacific and ensure that British Columbia became part of Canada and not the USA.
Columbus and the Quest for Jerusalem
Columbus is history’s most famous mariner, the man who discovered the New World and proved that the Atlantic could be crossed. But his religious motivations are less well-known; in this reappraisal a cultural anthropologist examines Columbus in the context of his times, revealing that he was driven by a fervent desire to finance a crusade which would recapture Jerusalem and usher in Christ’s Second Coming.
The English Assault on the New World, 1497–1630
English colonizing efforts in North America were painfully unsuccessful in comparison with Spain's empire-building further south. Investigating the reasons for England's slow progress, Childs uses primary sources to examine vessels and voyages from Cabot's Matthew in 1497 to Winthrop's fleet in 1630; the unrealistic ambitions of promoters like Ralegh; the nature of the conflict with Native Americans; and the lack of leadership and co-operation that doomed English attempts to settle on the American coast to failure.
In Search of the South Pole
Introduction by Sir Ranulph Fiennes
In 1911 the world watched and waited as Amundsen and Scott raced across the Antarctic wastes to the South Pole. Over a century later, this enigmatic, unforgiving continent retains its allure for explorers, scientists and extreme skiers. Packed with stunning colour photographs and vintage images, this book charts its discovery, from Cook's first venture into its icy waters, through the pioneering voyages of James Clark Ross and Carsten Borchgrevink, to the heroic age of Shackleton and Scott.
Sir Martin Frobisher
Seaman, Soldier, Explorer
A pirate and privateer who looted countless ships, Martin Frobisher aided Francis Drake in a daring attack on the Spanish in the West Indies and played a key role in the defeat of the Armada. Yet despite his exploits, he remains a shadowy figure. This new biographical study focuses on Frobisher's three epic voyages to the Canadian Arctic in search of the Northwest Passage, creating a vivid and compelling picture of one of the great sea dogs of Elizabethan England.
Crossing the Continent, 1527-1540
The Story of the First African-American Explorer of the American South
Robert Goodwin chronicles the adventures of the African slave Esteban Dorantes (1500-1539), the first pioneer from the Old World to explore the entirety of the American south and the first African-born man to die in North America about whom anything is known. Goodwin's groundbreaking research in Spanish archives has led to a radical new interpretation of American history - one in which an African slave emerges as the nation's first great explorer and adventurer. Slightly off-mint.