A Century On
Between 1899 and 1911, EH Wilson (1876–1930), the foremost plant hunter of his generation, travelled extensively in China. Initially searching for the dove tree, Davidia involucrata, he eventually collected and introduced many hundreds of plants into western gardens and arboreta. A century after Wilson, Flanagan and Kirkham, two modern-day plant hunters, retraced his routes to the high passes and exotic species of western China, often matching Wilson’s photographs of remarkable trees and landscapes with their own then-and-now images.
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. Here, they established a colony named after its founder, Sir Thomas Willoughby. This absorbing book explores the untold story of the colony’s rise and fall. The rich cast of characters includes Willoughby himself, the playwright Aphra Behn, the indigenous people and their rulers, and the planters and mercenaries who would turn this utopia into a hell 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.
Knud Rasmussen's Fearless Journey into the Heart of The Arctic
Knud Rasmussen (1879–1933) was unique among Arctic explorers. Rejecting the elaborate equipment, extensive supplies and large teams employed by other expeditions, he travelled with a few Inuit assistants, learning from them how to live off the land. This first full-scale biography captures the Greenland-born ethnographer’s courage, charisma and sense of adventure, records his profound respect for Inuit culture, and charts his crowning achievement, a 20,000-mile odyssey by dog-sled from Greenland to Alaska.
The Great Explorers
The achievements of 40 of the world’s greatest explorers are celebrated in this collection of essays, from the epic maritime voyages of 500 years ago to Gertrude Bell’s travels in Mesopotamia, and from Nain Singh’s Tibetan journey to Jacques Cousteau’s deep-sea dives. Written by a team of distinguished travel writers, historians and broadcasters and extensively illustrated with historic images, the selection follows the pioneers on land, at sea, across deserts and polar ice, and into space.
Ordeal by Ice
Ships of the Antarctic
The hazardous seas that surround Antarctica require ships of the utmost resilience. This book focuses on the design and construction of the actual vessels, from the Chinese fleet that first sighted the southern continent in the 15th century, through Captain Cook’s Resolution, to today’s automated whalers. Technical information, plans, photographs and paintings reveal the features that enabled these ships, whether purpose-built or adapted, to negotiate poorly charted waters and withstand the pressure of ice.
The Savage Shore
Extraordinary Stories of Survival and Tragedy from the Early Voyages of Discovery
Several months after the Dutch yacht Gilt Dragon set sail for the East Indies, it foundered off the coast of ‘Southland’. The ship broke up, but 73 survivors made it ashore, a few of whom would sail 2,500 miles in a shuyt to fetch help. This was 1653, over a century before Cook’s ‘discovery’ of Australia. These maritime tales present many of the early and often fabled encounters with Australia, its perilous coastline and indigenous population.
The First Circumnavigators
Unsung Heroes of the Age of Discovery
When Ferdinand Magellan set sail in 1519 to claim the Spice Islands for the King of Spain, his fleet included an international crew of family, friends, mariners, men-at-arms and slaves. Returning to Spain years later, three dozen of them had circumnavigated the globe, probably by accident. This book tells the story of the men accompanying Magellan and other illustrious expedition leaders on their voyages of discovery, and includes route maps and short biographies. Slightly off-mint.
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 by an international team of scholars 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.
Tent Life in Siberia
The Incredible Account of Adventure, Travel, and Survival
In 1865, George Kennan (1845–1924) led a group whose two-year mission was to survey Siberia with a view to laying a telegraph cable through Alaska, across the Bering Strait and on to Europe via Russia. Kennan’s account of his travels in Siberia, his encounters with indigenous peoples and the challenge of surviving the intense cold is a classic of American travel literature. With a new introduction by Larry McMurtry.
The Lost Book of Moses
The Hunt for the World's Oldest Bible
When the flamboyant treasure-hunter Moses Wilhelm Shapira arrived in London in 1883, he claimed to have discovered the world’s most ancient copy of Deuteronomy – and was quickly denounced as a fraudster. Over 70 years later the emergence of the eerily similar Dead Sea Scrolls prompted reassessment of Shapira’s claims, but by then his scrolls had vanished. Tigay describes his own worldwide quest to locate these mysterious documents and establish whether they truly were a forgery. Felt-tip mark on lower edge.
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.
Four Travel Journals
The Americas, Antarctica and Africa, 1775-1874
This volume contains the Journal of Juan Francisco de la Bodega y Quadra (1775); the Journal of Commander Pringle Stokes on HMS Beagle in the Strait of Magellan (1827), the Journal of Midshipman Joseph Henry Kay on HMS Chanticleer, 1828–31, and Jacob Wainwright’s Diary of the Transportation of Dr Livingstone’s Body to the Coast (1873–4).
The Discovery of South Shetland Islands
The Voyages of the Brig Williams 1819-1820 and The Journal of Midshipman CW Poynter
Written by a midshipman who sailed with Edward Bransfield on HMS Andromache, this text is the only surviving first-hand account of the voyage which made the first sighting of the Antarctic mainland. It is presented here with a wealth of related materials.
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 Longest Winter
Scott's Other Heroes
Captain Scott's Antarctic expedition of 1911–12 comprised a party focused on the Pole attempt and a second group detailed to undertake scientific research. This book recounts the ordeal of the six men of the second expedition, who were forced to survive the winter in an improvised ice cave before making a perilous journey back to base camp, where they were finally rescued nearly a year after they had been stranded.
Imperial Boundary Making
The Diary of Captain Kelly and the Sudan-Uganda Boundary Commission of 1913
Written during the Sudan-Uganda Boundary Commission’s 1913 expedition by its leader, Harry Kelly, this day-by-day account gives rare insights into how imperial boundaries were drawn, and into the indigenous peoples encountered.
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.
The exploits of Ernest Shackleton and the dramatic fate of his ship Endurance have become familiar: this book tells the story of another ship, Nimrod, which set out on the last leg of its journey to Antarctica on New Year's Day, 1908, carrying Shackleton's grandly entitled British Antarctic Expedition. Riffenburgh tells the full story of Shackleton's first bid to reach the South Pole: an epic and dangerous adventure that achieved remarkable scientific results and a knighthood for its leader.
The Ocean of the Future
Covering a third of the planet, the Pacific Ocean is the world's largest body of water. It is also the source of our weather patterns and the ocean of the future: what happens across its vast expanse will determine the destiny of humanity. Following his bestseller Atlantic, Winchester celebrates its power and beauty, and charts ten key moments in its history including the atomic tests, the Japanese electronics revolution and the economic rise of China.
The Roof at the Bottom of the World
Discovering the Transantarctic Mountains
The Transantarctic Mountain range is the most remote mountain belt on Earth, and a staggering 1,500 miles long. In this book, acclaimed by Ranulph Fiennes as 'the next best thing to being there', geologist and mountaineer Edmund Stump presents the best of his 8,000 photographs of the region, revealing the desolate beauty of this pristine wilderness of ice and rock; shares maps old and new, including satellite imagery; and celebrates the courage of the explorers and scientists who visited the mountains before him.
In Search of the South Pole
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.
The Golden Age of Maritime Maps
When Europe Discovered the World
Portolan charts – from the Italian portolano, meaning 'relating to ports' – were used by sailors from the Middle Ages to the 18th century. Painted on vellum, they show every coastal feature, with the seas criss-crossed by rhumb lines. This book reproduces 142 of these maps in superb detail, while experts trace their origins among the Jewish cartographers of Majorca, the influence of Islamic and Indian mapmakers, and the maps' dissemination as Europeans began to explore the Atlantic and Indian oceans.
Between Man and Beast
From the moment the explorer Paul du Chaillu had his first, fleeting glimpse of a gorilla, our understanding of this extraordinary animal - and of our own place in the universe - changed irrevocably. Part swashbuckling jungle adventure, part gas-lit Victorian thriller, this book recounts Du Chaillu's extraordinary story, restoring a forgotten hero to his rightful place and charting a controversy that embroiled many notable figures of the age, including Charles Darwin,Thomas Hardy and Abraham Lincoln. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge and American-cut pages (signed).
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.
Dr Livingstone, I Presume?
Missionaries, Journalists, Explorers and Empire
First reported in 1872, Stanley's famous four words immediately entered popular culture, and the meeting which they recall became much mythologized. But the truth behind the American reporter's discovery of David Livingstone, presumed dead after five years of travelling, is complicated. This book offers an eye-opening glimpse into Livingstone's African expedition, his collaboration with slave-traders, the circumstances of the meeting itself and its influence on British and American culture, from films to jigsaw puzzles.