BOAT BOOKS:New Zealand Coffeetable Books. Page five

Gift Books. Page five.


  • The Pacific. In the Wake of Captain Cook
  • James Cook - The Voyages
  • Tales From the Captain's Log
  • The Voyages of Captain James Cook - HB
  • The Voyages of Captain James Cook - PB
  • First Map
  • Pacific Exploration
  • On the Origin of Species
  • Sailing With Cook
  • The Voyage of the Beagle
  • Charles Darwin.The Voyage of the Beagle
  • Seafurrers
  • A Seaman's Pocket-Book
  • The Royal Navy Officer's Pocket-Book
  • Buy on line using our secure pages, by clicking on the buttons below each review

    If you have any questions or want a quote for delivery email us.

    By Meaghan Wilson Anastasios. Hardback. 0.84 kgs. 160mm x 245mm, 448 pages, Black and white, Sepia & Colour illustrations and drawings, and photographs. Published 2018

    A rich, complex and engaging account of Cook's voyages across the Pacific, from actor and raconteur Sam Neill, in which Sam Neill retraces Cook's footsteps, in the 250th anniversary year of Cook's first voyage.

    Captain James Cook first set sail to the Pacific in 1768 - 250 years ago. These vast waters, one third of the earth's surface, were uncharted - but not unknown. A rich diversity of people and cultures navigated, traded, lived and fought here for thousands of years. Before Cook, the Pacific was disconnected from the power and ideas of Europe, Asia and America. In the wake of Cook, everything changed..

    The Pacific (with Sam Neill) is the companion book to the documentary series of the same name, in which Neill takes a deeply personal, present-day voyage to map his own understanding of James Cook, Europe's greatest navigator, and the immense Pacific Ocean itself.

    Voyaging on a wide variety on vessels, from container ships to fishing trawlers and sailing boats, Sam crosses the length and breadth of the largest ocean in the world to experience for himself a contemporary journey in Cook's footsteps, engaging the past and present in both modern and ancient cultural practice and peoples.

    Fascinating, engaging, fresh and vital - this is history - but not as you know it.

    NZ$45.00 + Delivery.

    Add to Shopping Cart

    By William Frame & Laura Walker. Hardback. 1.13 kgs. 220mm x 280mm, 224 pages, Black and white, Sepia & Colour illustrations and drawings. Published 2018

    The authors explore a series of themes including the navigation and charting of the Pacific; first encounters between Western and indigenous cultures; the representation of the voyages in art; and scientific discovery and the natural world. Themes of cultural encounter and scientific discovery are interwoven with the personal stories of the key protagonists, including James Cook and Joseph Banks. The illustrations include drawings by all the artists employed on the voyage, as well as the only surviving paintings by Tupaia, a Polynesian high priest who joined Cook's ship at Tahiti and sailed to New Zealand and Australia.

    This landmark book is published to coincide with a major exhibition marking the 250th anniversary of Cook's first voyage. A stunningly illustrated, object-centred history, this book offers a once in a generation opportunity to discover the uniquely rich Captain Cook collection of the British Library.

    About the Authors : William Frame is Head of Modern Archives and Manuscripts at the British Library. Laura Walker is Lead Curator of Modern Archives and Manuscripts 1850-1950 at the British Library.

    NZ$50.00 + Delivery.

    Add to Shopping Cart

    By National Archives. Hardback. 1.19 kgs. 210mm x 260mm, 304 pages, Black and white, Sepia & Colour illustrations and drawings. Published 2017

    For centuries, ships' commanders kept journals that recorded their missions. These included voyages of discovery to unknown lands, engagements in war and sea and general trade. Many of their logs, diaries and letters were lodged at The National Archives and give a vivid picture of the situations that they encountered.

    Entries range from Captain James Cook's notes of his discovery of the South Pacific and Australia, to logs of the great naval battles, such as Trafalgar and the Battle of the Nile. From the ships that attempted to stop piracy in the Caribbean, to the surgeons who recorded the health of the men they tended and naturalists who noted the exotic plants and animals they encountered, comes a fascinating picture of life at sea, richly illustrated with maps, drawings and facsimile documents found alongside the logs in the archives.

    NZ$42.00 + Delivery.

    Add to Shopping Cart

    THE VOYAGES OF CAPTAIN JAMES COOK. The Illustrated Account of Three Epic Voyages.
    By Ed. Nicholas Thomas. Hardback Edition, 1.43 kgs. 210mm x 264mm, 318 pages, full colour, sepia, black and white illustrations. Published 2016
    The first-ever illustrated account of Captain James Cook's epic eighteenth-century voyages, complete with excerpts from his vivid journals.

    This is history's greatest adventure story. In 1766, the Royal Society chose prodigal mapmaker and navigator James Cook to lead a South Pacific voyage. His orders were to chart the path of Venus across the sun. That task completed, his ship, the HMS Endeavour, continued to comb the southern hemisphere for the imagined continent Terra Australis. The voyage lasted from 1768 to 1771, and upon Cook's return to London, his journaled accounts of the expedition made him a celebrity. After that came two more voyages for Cook and his crew, followed by Cook's untimely murder by natives in Hawaii. The Voyages of Captain James Cook reveals Cook's fascinating story through excerpts from his journals, as well as illustrations, photography, and supplementary writings.During Cook's career, he logged more than 200,000 miles - nearly the distance to the moon. And along the way, scientists and artists traveling with him documented exotic flora and fauna, untouched landscapes, indigenous peoples, and much more. In addition to the South Pacific, Cook's voyages took him to South America, Antarctica, New Zealand, the Pacific Coast from California to Alaska, the Arctic Circle, Siberia, the East Indies, and the Indian Ocean. When he set out in 1768, more than one-third of the globe was unmapped. By the time Cook died in 1779, he had created charts so accurate that some were used into the 1990s.

    The Voyages of Captain James Cook is a handsome illustrated edition of Cook's selected writings spanning his Pacific voyages, ending in 1779 with the delivery of his salted scalp and hands to his surviving crewmembers.

    NZ$55.00 + Delivery.

    Add to Shopping Cart

    Also available in Paperback. Image on the right.

    NZ$35.00 + Delivery.
    Add to Shopping Cart

    By Tessa Duder & David Elliot. Hardback. 0.96 kgs. 225mm x 325mm, 110 pages, Sepia & Colour illustrations and drawings. Published 2019

    Since its first publication in 1773, James Cook's chart of New Zealand has been regarded as one of the most extraordinary achievements in the history of map making.

    Famous for its accuracy despite only the basic of instruments, the chart was created in unfamiliar and hazardous waters, in a cumbersome vessel of very limited manoeuverability. Regardless of gales or calms, Cook meticulously laid down the headlands, beaches, reefs, depths and offshore islands he observed from out at sea. The task required navigation of the highest order.

    First Map tells the human story behind the creation of the famous chart. it is a story of courage, dogged perseverance and Cook's extraordinary skills as both a surveyor and seafarer.

    Scenes from Tessa Duder's evocative historical text are beautifully recreated by David Elliot in this exquisite record of a journey of exploration, charted some 250 years ago.

    NZ$50.00 + Delivery.

    Add to Shopping Cart

    PACIFIC EXPLORATION. Voyages of Discovery from Captain Cook's Endeavour to the Beagle.
    By Nigel Rigby et al. Softback, 0.78 kgs. 190mm x 245mm, 256 pages, Black and white, Sepia and Colour illustrations and drawings. Published 2018

    Captain Cook is generally acknowledged as the first great European scientific explorer. Despite his ordinary roots, he rose through the ranks to become a remarkable officer. On May 27, 1768, Cook, then just a Royal Naval lieutenant, took command of HM bark Endeavour. Its voyage of exploration to the Pacific would last almost three years, record thousands of miles of uncharted lands and seas--including New Zealand, the east coast of Australia and many Pacific islands--and test all Cook's skills as a navigator, seaman and leader. Cook's three voyages were among the first to take civilian scientists, notably Sir Joseph Banks, and they would reveal to European eyes the lands, peoples, flora and fauna of the Pacific as never before, heralding a period of great change for the region. His voyages would also set new standards for scientific enquiry and exploration.

    But while the figure of Cook understandably dominates the story of 18th-century Pacific exploration, his fame has often shadowed those who followed him on many voyages of science and exploration into the Pacific, depriving these explorers of the greater attention they deserve. Correcting this imbalance, Pacific Encounters reveals the European voyages that continued Cook's work not only of charting but also starting to exploit and control the Pacific. These voyages, by William Bligh, George Vancouver, Matthew Flinders, Malaspina, Lapérouse and Arthur Phillip, span a period that saw Britain becoming the world's leading maritime power, a situation well in place by the time that Charles Darwin's voyage in Fitzroy's Beagle laid the basis of even greater understanding of the development of life on earth.

    Using fascinating text and beautiful illustrations and artworks from the period, this book explores topics of scientific discovery, engagement with indigenous peoples, the use of shipboard artists and scientists, the growing professionalism of the hydrographic service, the vessels used and the colonial, commercial and imperial contexts of the voyages.

    NZ$40.00 + Delivery.

    Add to Shopping Cart

    ON THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES. By Means of Natural Selection.
    By Charles Darwin. Hardback Edition in Slipcase, 1.21 kgs. 195mm x 240mm, 384 pages, Black and white illustrations and drawings. Published 2013

    On the Origin of Species is a book that changed the way we think about the develoment of life on Earth

    The Author's controversial theory of natural selection, or survival of the fittest, would make him internationally famous and put the issue of evolution at the centre of a fierce debate which still rages some 150+yeras after the boojk's first publication.

    Complementing the text are over 100 delicately detailed and informative illustrations, many of them relating to the discoveries Darwin made during the second voyage of the research ship HMS Beagle. The text used for this handsome edition was the last to be published during Darwin's lifetime and is considered to be the definitive version.

    NZ$40.00 + Delivery.

    Add to Shopping Cart

    Inside the Private Journal of James Burney RN

    By Suzanne Rickard. Hardback, 225mm x 268mm, 256 pages, Published 2015. 1.43kg. Colour, black and white, sepia illustrations, drawings and maps.

    Sailing with Cook: Inside the Private Journal of James Burney RN is about the young James Burney’s experience of shipboard life and the momentous events that took place during the second voyage of exploration when he sailed with Captain Cook on the Resolution and then on the Adventure between 1772 and 1773.

    At the age of 22, James Burney (1750-1821) was promoted to the rank of 2nd Lieutenant. Embarking on a great voyage he decided to keep a private journal written not for officialdom but for the delight and information of his family and friends. It was an aide-memoire, a record of his coming of age and the getting of wisdom. He claimed at the outset, ‘my chief aim is your amusement’.

    Under the command of Captain James Cook and Captain Tobias Furneaux on the Adventure, Burney crossed the Antarctic Circle, he was one of the first Englishmen to walk on Tasmania’s southern beaches, he endured raging seas and icy weather, he sailed to New Zealand’s South Island and into its beautiful sounds, and then he sailed further north to explore the tropical waters of the islands and atolls of Polynesia.

    Burney witnessed death at sea from misadventure and scurvy, and he experienced the shocking death of ten shipmates at the hands of Maori warriors. He enjoyed cordial advances from Pacific Islanders and the friendship of Omai, a young Ra'iatean man who became the second Pacific Islander to visit Europe. Burney listened carefully to island music making (to please his musician father), witnessed religious ceremonies and observed Pacific Islanders’ hierarchies. He noted the building of war canoes and absorbed ancient Pacific myths and lore of navigation. All these experiences expanded his world view. This was in addition to working with his captain on making charts, maintaining ship’s discipline and the ship’s log, and upholding naval traditions as expected of a young officer.

    Burney’s early life and his extraordinary family and connections are contextualised to illuminate the story of the private journal. Burney’s extensive naval career took him to North America, the Mediterranean, the African continent, to India and the East Indies, to China, Alaska and Hawaii. He sailed again with Cook on the third voyage of discovery in 1776 and witnessed Cook’s death at Kealakekua Bay, Hawaii.

    In 1779. Burney died in 1821 leaving a legacy of writing, including this first private journal

    This book features facsimile pages extracted from the private journal and is beautifully illustrated with maps, portraits, contemporary documents and artefacts, including information text boxes on people and issues.

    NZ$60.00 + Delivery.

    Add to Shopping Cart

    THE VOYAGE OF THE BEAGLE. Darwin's extraordinary adventure aboard FitzRoy's famous survey ship.
    By James Taylor. Paperback Edition, 0.77 kgs. 200mm x 268mm, 192 pages, full colour and black and white illustrations and drawings. Published 2015
    The Beagle has become synonymous with Charles Darwin and his groundbreaking title On the Origin of Species. But how did Darwin come to be onboard? For the first time in a single volume, all the various strands of the Beagle story have been woven together to reveal the circumstances that set the expedition in motion and the characters who circumnavigated the world together.

    Enriched with first-hand commentary from personal letters and diaries, and the official narrative of the voyage, as well as artworks, sketches and charts produced by the shipboard artists and surveyors, James Taylor has produced a thoroughly engaging and informative account that will appeal to historians, art lovers, and anyone with a sense of adventure.

    NZ$45.00 + Delivery.

    Add to Shopping Cart

    CHARLES DARWIN.THE VOYAGE OF THE BEAGLE. The Illustrated edition of Charles Darwin's travel memoir and field journal.
    By Charles Darwin. Hardback, 2.17 kgs 245mm x 284mm, 480 pages, full colour and black and white illustrations and drawings. Published 2015

    When the HMS Beagle sailed out of Devonport on December 27, 1831, Charles Darwin was only twenty-two and setting off on the voyage of a lifetime. His journal reveals him to be a naturalist making patient observations concerning geology and natural history as well as people, places, and events. He witnessed and visited volcanoes in the Galapagos, saw the Gossamer spider of Patagonia, sailed through the Australasian coral reefs, and recorded the brilliance of the firefly – these recollections are found in these extraordinary writings. The insights made on the five-year voyage set in motion the intellectual currents that led to the most controversial book of the Victorian age: On the Origin of Species.

    Experience the geography and the animal life Darwin encountered on his travels- both as he saw them and as they exist today. - in this beautifullly illustrated volume, which also includes Darwin's later writings as well as the observations of this groundbreaking expedition from the Beagle's Captain, Robert Fitzroy.

    This edition is the first fully illustrated version ever published and features over 350 historical and modern illustrations, photographs, and maps of the people, places and species that Darwin encountered.

    NZ$55.00 + Delivery.

    Add to Shopping Cart

    SEAFURRERS.By Philippa Sandall. Hardback, 130mm x 190mm, 244 pages, black and white Images. Published 2018.
    A cat’s-eye view of maritime history

    We remember the bold seafarers of yore—from Magellan to Shackleton—for their extraordinary exploits: new lands discovered, storms weathered, and battles won. But somehow history has neglected the stalwart, hardworking species who made it all possible . . . yes, the noble cat!

    In Seafurrers, able sea cat Bart sets the record straight at last. “Fear of water” aside, cats were indispensable at sea—both as pest controllers and as beloved mascots. Thirty–eight tales recount the adventures of Trim (who circumnavigated Australia), Tom (the sole feline survivor of the sinking of the USS Maine), celebrity cat Simon (a veteran of the Yangtze Incident), and other furry heroes.

    Filled with Nautical trivia, rare photographs, and whimsical illustrations, this deft genealogy of human-feline friendships will stir your regard for the cat incomparable!

    NZ$32.00 + Delivery.

    Add to Shopping Cart

    By Authority of the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty. Hardback, 125mm x 187mm, 120 pages, monochrome illustrations.
    Acutely aware that the Royal Navy's wartime fighting efficiency relied upon each man's grasp of his own job, the Admiralty issued this special pocket book in December 1943 to all new ratings to help them acquire the "sea sense" so vital to life in the navy.
    Using simple yet absorbing prose and clear diagrams, it outlines all the tasks, skills, terms, conventions and knowledge a seaman needed to know by heart: from slinging his hammock to heaving the lead; from plugging a gushing shell hole to navigating a narrow channel at night; from anchor and rope work to uniform rules and tobacco allowances.
    With an introduction by historian Brian Lavery, this impressively compact volume, faithfully reproduced over sixty years after its first publication, is a unique evocation of the rules of life on the lower deck of the busy wartime Royal Navy.

    NZ$25.00 + delivery.

    Add to Shopping Cart

    By Authority of the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty. Hardback, 125mm x 187mm, 145 pages, monochrome illustrations. Reprinted 2015
    Presented in the same format as 'The Seaman's Pocket-Book', The Royal Navy Officer's Pocket-book gathers together useful advice and instruction for those naval officers fighting the Second World War on all aspects of their job, expressed in the benevolent language of the day, when authority was respected. The Handbook has been compiled and edited by Brian Lavery, who provides commentary and an introduction.

    Sections include: the Officer's Aid Memoire containing notes of the training course at one of the officer training schools; Notes for medical officers and treatment of battle casualties afloat; Notes for captains on taking command of their first ship; Notes for commanding officers; Notes on the handling and safety of ships and notes on dealing with disobedience and mutiny.

    While suffused with nostalgia and charm, the various contents of this book are an authentic presentation of matters of training, authority and deportment in the wartime navy.

    The book is sure to appeal not only to those who served in the war or had a relative who was in the officer class, but also to anyone who wants to gain a greater understanding of the day-to-day administration of the wartime navy

    NZ$25.00 + delivery.

    Add to Shopping Cart

    Gift Books. Page five.


    Return to Top of Page