Nautical, Maritime and Boating History. Page five.


MARITIME HISTORY AND EXPLORATION



See also: Polar Exploration, Nautical Dictionaries
and Naval History and Tales

  • Aphrodite's Island
  • The Trial of the Cannibal Dog.
  • The Levelling Sea
  • Dark Paradise
  • Floating Brothel
  • Merchant Adventurers
  • Chasing a Dream
  • The Naked Shore of the North Sea
  • Great South Land
  • Great South Land.Paperback
  • Captain Cook. Obsession & Discovery. DVD
  • Island Kingdom. Tonga. Ancient and Modern
  • Conquerers
  • Pacific.The Ocean of the Future.
  • Pacific.(Small Format)
  • The Edge of the World
  • The Sea and Civilisation
  • Black Sea
  • Outlaws of the Atlantic
  • Who Discovered America?
  • Smugglers and Smuggling
  • A History of the World in 12 Maps
  • 1788 - The Brutal Truth of the First Fleet
  • The Reef: A Passionate History
  • The Great Sea
  • Under Full Sail
  • The First Fleet
  • Orphans of History
  • The Last Crusade
  • Sweet Water and Bitter
  • Empires of the Sea
  • City of Fortune
  • Mr Selden's Map of China
  • 1434 - The Year a Magnificent Chinese Fleet Sailed to Italy.
  • 1421 - The Year China Discovered America
  • Venetian Navigators
  • Spanish Gold
  • Beyond the Blue Horizon
  • Terra Australis
  • The Origin of Species
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    APHRODITE'S ISLAND The European Discovery of Tahiti
    By Anne Salmond. 155mm x 230mm Paperback. 537 pages. Coloured Images. Published 2009

    Aphrodite's Island is a bold new account of the European discovery of Tahiti, the Pacific island of mythic status that has figured so powerfully in European imaginings about sexuality, the exotic, and the nobility or bestiality of “savages.”

    In this groundbreaking book, Anne Salmond takes readers to the center of the shared history to furnish rich insights into Tahitian perceptions of the visitors while illuminating the full extent of European fascination with Tahiti. As she discerns the impact and meaning of the European effect on the islands, she demonstrates how, during the early contact period, the mythologies of Europe and Tahiti intersected and became entwined. Drawing on Tahitian oral histories, European manuscripts and artworks, collections of Tahitian artifacts, and illustrated with contemporary sketches, paintings, and engravings from the voyages, Aphrodite's Island provides a vivid account of the Europeans' Tahitian adventures. At the same time, the book's compelling insights into Tahitian life significantly change the way we view the history of this small island during a period when it became a crossroads for Europe.

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    THE TRIAL OF THE CANNIBAL DOG Captain Cook in the South Seas
    By Anne Salmond. 155mm x 230mm Paperback. 506 pages. Coloured Images. Published 2004

    This vivid book retells the story of Captain Cook's great voyages in the South Seas, focusing on the encounters between the explorers and the island peoples they "discovered." While Cook and his men were initially confounded by the Polynesians, they were also curious. Cook and his crew soon formed friendships-and often more intimate relationships-with the islanders. The islanders, who initially were not certain if the Englishmen were even human, came to experiment with Western customs and in some cases joined the voyagers on their expeditions. But familiarity quickly bred contempt. Shipboard discipline was threatened by these new relationships, and the culture of the islands was also changed forever. Captain Cook, initially determined to act as an enlightened leader, saw his resolve falter during the third voyage. Amicable relations turned hostile, culminating in Cook's violent death on the shores of Hawaii.

    In this masterful account of Cook's voyages, Anne Salmond-a preeminent authority on the history of the south seas-reimagines two worlds that collided in the eighteenth century, and the enduring impact of that collision.

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    THE LEVELLING SEA The Story of a Cornish Haven and the Age of Sail
    By Phillip Marsden. 128mm x 198mm Paperback. 322 pages. Black & White Images. Published 2012

    The story of Britain’s colourful maritime past seen through the changing fortunes of the Cornish port of Falmouth.

    Within the space of few years, during the 1560s and 1570s, a maritime revolution took place in England that would contribute more than anything to the transformation of the country from a small rebel state on the fringes of Europe into a world power. Until then, it was said, there was only one Englishman capable of sailing across the Atlantic. Yet within ten years an English ship with an English crew was circumnavigating the world.

    At the same time in Cornwall, in the Fal estuary, just a single building a lime kiln existed where the port of Falmouth would emerge. Yet by the end of the eighteenth century, Falmouth would be one of the busiest harbours in the world.

    The Levelling Sea’ uses the story of Falmouth’s spectacular rise and fall to explore wider questions about the sea and its place in history and imagination.

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    DARK PARADISE
    By Robert Macklin. 130mm x 200mm. Paperback. 350 pages. Black & White Photographs. Published in this Edition 2016

    Norfolk Island isolation, savagery, mystery and murder.

    Aren t remote South Pacific islands supposed to be paradise? Perhaps, from a distance, Norfolk Island looks a peaceful place lush with tall pines. But look closer and that idyllic facade is shattered.

    For all of the 220 years we have known it, Norfolk's story has been one of darkness, pain, rage and horror. Long-buried bones and axes hint at the violence before Captain Cook arrived and claimed the place for England. And then the horror truly began. From its earliest days, the isolation of life on this rocky outcrop took its toll.

    Author Robert Macklin, tells the vivid, bewitching story of how a unique lifestyle and culture evolved amongst the almost two thousand inhabitants. From a brutal penal colony, a refuge for descendants of the Bounty mutineers when they outgrew Pitcairn Island in 1856, to the murder of Janelle Patton in 2002, Norfolk Island is exposed like never before. A place full of shadows and wrongful deaths, its history is a mesmerising tale all the more powerful because it is true.

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    THE FLOATING BROTHEL The extraordinary true story of female convicts bound for Botany Bay
    By Sian Rees. 135mm x 210mm Paperback. 248 pages. Black & White Photographs. Reprinted 2010

    The incredible voyage of a shipload of "disorderly girls" and the men who transported them, fell for them, and sold them.

    This riveting work of rediscovered history tells for the first time the plight of the female convicts aboard the Lady Julian, which set sail from England in 1789 and arrived in Australia's Botany Bay a year later. The women, most of them petty criminals, were destined for New South Wales to provide its hordes of lonely men with sexual favors as well as progeny. But the story of their voyage is even more incredible, and here it is expertly told by a historian with roots in the boatbuilding business and a true love of the sea.

    Siân Rees delved into court documents and firsthand accounts to extract the stories of these women's experiences on board a ship that both held them prisoner and offered them refuge from their oppressive existence in London. At the heart of the story is the passionate relationship between Sarah Whitelam, a convict, and the ship's steward, John Nicol, whose personal journals provided much of the material for this book. Along the way, Rees brings the vibrant, bawdy world of London -- and the sights, smells, and sounds of an eighteenth-century ship -- vividly to life. In the tradition of Nathaniel Philbrick's In the Heart of the Sea, this is a winning combination of dramatic high seas adventure and untold history.

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    MERCHANT ADVENTURERS The Voyage of Discovery that transformed Tudor England
    By James Evans. 128mm x 198mm Paperback. 383 pages. Colour Photographs. Published 2014

    In the spring of 1553 three ships sailed north-east from London into uncharted waters. The scale of their ambition was breathtaking. Drawing on the latest navigational science and the new spirit of enterprise and discovery sweeping the Tudor capital, they sought a northern passage to Asia and its riches. The success of the expedition depended on its two leaders: Sir Hugh Willoughby, a brave gentleman soldier, and Richard Chancellor, a brilliant young scientist and practical man of the sea. When their ships became separated in a storm, each had to fend for himself. Their fates were sharply divided. One returned to England, to recount extraordinary tales of the imperial court of Tsar Ivan the Terrible. The tragic, mysterious story of the other two ships has to be pieced together through the surviving captain's log book, after he and his crew became lost and trapped by the advancing Arctic winter.

    This long-neglected endeavour was one of the boldest in British history, and its impact was profound. Although the 'merchant adventurers' failed to reach China as they had hoped, their achievements would lay the foundations for England's expansion on a global stage.

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    CHASING A DREAM The exploration of the Imaginary Pacific
    By John Dunmore. 153mm x 236mm paperback. 208 pages. black & white illustrations. Published 2016 0.27kg

    Early Europeans believed the world was flat, but by the late Middle Ages they accepted that it was a globe. What remained a mystery, however, was what lay on “the other side”. Some believed it was a source of riches, an ocean harbouring countries where gold and unimaginable riches could be found, including islands from which King Solomon had obtained his wealth. In addition, the belief in a vast southern continent went back centuries, and many expeditions set out to find it, sometimes in search of wealth, sometimes to convert its inhabitants to Christianity.
    This is the story of the voyages into this great unknown, by the Chinese and early Americans, the Dutch, Spanish, French and English; it recounts the exploits of pirates and scientists, and even the impact of popular fiction on popular imagination, leading to the debunking of many myths, from the sunken Great Southern Continent, to the idea that in the “antipodes” people walked upside down.

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    THE NAKED SHORE OF THE NORTH SEA
    By Tom Blass. 160mm x 240mm hardback. 306 pages. Published 2016 0.66kg

    Saturnine and quick-tempered, the formidable North Sea is often overlooked – even by those living within a stone's throw of its steel-grey waters. But as playground, theatre of war and cultural crossing-point, it has shaped the world in myriad ways, forged villains and heroes, and determined the fates of nations.

    It's not all grim, though: the seaside holiday was born on North Sea beaches, and artists, poets and writers have been as equally inspired by glinting sun on the wave-tops as they have the drama of a winter storm.

    With a wry eye and a warm coat, Tom Blass travels the edges of the North Sea meeting fishermen, artists, bomb disposal experts, burgermeisters – and those who have found themselves flung to the sea's perimeters quite by chance. In doing so he attempts to piece together its manifold histories and to reveal truths, half-truths and fictions otherwise submerged.

    The book begins with its author in the Humber, on a Swedish cargo ship heading for Skagerrak – “Skayraak, it’s pronounced, like the rasping of a crow” – before diving into the history of the humans who live by, on and off the North Sea: Frisians, Chauci, Saxons, then Danes, Vikings, the Dutch. Tom Blass, travelling around its shores and across its water, tells a gobby oil rig worker in Shetland about the book he’s writing. “Yes, but what it’s about?” the man replies. “The North Sea’s a big place.” He suggests a subtitle: “Travels at the edge of despair”

    At the end of the day though, this book is about sea people: those who live on the sea, but also try to exist alongside it, with all its vagaries, mystery and difficulty. Erosion, invasion, surges, storms: the people of the North Sea have to deal with them all.

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    GREAT SOUTH LAND
    By Rob Mundle. Hardback. 0.72 kg. 351 Pages. 165mm x 245mm. Published 2015.

    How Dutch sailors found Australia and an English Pirate almost beat Captain Cook..

    For many, the colonial story of Australia starts with Captain Cook's discovery of the east coast in 1770, but it was some 164 years before his historic voyage that European mariners began their romance with the immensity of the Australian continent. Between 1606 and 1688, while the British had their hands full with the Gunpowder Plot and the English Civil War, it was highly skilled Dutch seafarers who, by design, chance or shipwreck, discovered and mapped the majority of the vast, unknown waters and land masses in the Indian and Southern Oceans.

    This is the setting that sees Rob Mundle back on the water with another sweeping and powerful account of Australian maritime history. It is the story of 17th-century European mariners - sailors, adventurers and explorers - who became transfixed by the idea of the existence of a Great South Land: 'Terra Australis Incognita'.

    Rob takes you aboard the tiny ship, Duyfken, in 1606 when Dutch navigator and explorer, Willem Janszoon, and his 20-man crew became the first Europeans to discover Australia on the coast of the Gulf of Carpentaria. In the decades that followed, more Dutch mariners, like Hartog, Tasman, and Janszoon (for a second time), discovered and mapped the majority of the coast of what would become Australia. Yet, incredibly, the Dutch made no effort to lay claim to it, or establish any settlements. This process began with British explorer and former pirate William Dampier on the west coast in 1688, and by the time Captain Cook arrived in 1770, all that was to be done was chart the east coast and claim what the Dutch had discovered.

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    CAPTAIN COOK. OBSESSION & DISCOVERY. DVD
    By TVNZ. DVD. 177 Minutes Running time. 0.05kg, 2008.

    High Adventure, tragedy and triumph in this journey around the world in the wake of one of the greatest explorers of all time. James Cook.

    A hero to some, a curse to others, in just three incredible voyages this son of an English farm labourer described more of the globe than any other man.

    Cook expert and bestselling authour Vanessa Collingridge searches for the man behind the legend as she traces his story in a series that is part biography, part travelogue.

    This award winning television series is now on this single DVD, comprising of all 4 episodes. Running time 177 minutes.

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    ISLAND KINGDOM. TONGA. ANCIENT AND MODERN
    By Ian C. Campbell. Paperback 0.70kg, 152mm X 230mm. 321 pages, 3rd Edition. Published 2015.

    The Island Kingdom of Tonga was probably the first part of Polynesia to be settled, about 3000 years ago. Periods of isolation alternated with periods of regular contact with neighbouring Island groups while Tongan culture developed its distinctive variant of the Polynesian theme.

    Modern Tonga was moulded by dramatic changes in the 19th century during which the population converted to Christianity, and a formal state was established under a written constitution. As a result of benign British supervision, Tonga was the only Pacific Archipelago not to be formally controlled by a European power. After two or three generations of tranquil consolidation, late in the 20th century a vigorous and ambitous King forced his country into a trajectory of economic development and rapid social change, which eventually created a demand for political reform and democratisation. Tonga is less isolated, more prosperous and yet seemingly more troubled now than at any time in history.

    First published in 1992, Island Kingdom is the only comprehensive treatment of its subject and is widely acknowledged as being the Authorative history of Tonga.

    This 3rd Edition is updated and revised in accordance with recent research, and new chapters bring the story up to date to the end of 2014.

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    CONQUERERS How Portugal seized the Indian Ocean and forged the first Global Empire.
    By Roger Crowley. Paperback 0.33kg, 130mm X 198mm. 411 pages. PB Published 2016.

    As remarkable as Columbus and the conquistador expeditions, the history of Portuguese exploration is now almost forgotten. But Portugal's navigators cracked the code of the Atlantic winds, launched the expedition of Vasco da Gama to India and beat the Spanish to the spice kingdoms of the East - then set about creating the first long-range maritime empire. In an astonishing blitz of thirty years, a handful of visionary and utterly ruthless empire builders, with few resources but breathtaking ambition, attempted to seize the Indian Ocean, destroy Islam and take control of world trade.

    Told with Roger Crowley's customary skill and verve, this is narrative history at its most vivid - an epic tale of navigation, trade and technology, money and religious zealotry, political diplomacy and espionage, sea battles and shipwrecks, endurance, courage and terrifying brutality. Drawing on extensive first-hand accounts, it brings to life the exploits of an extraordinary band of conquerors - men such as Afonso de Albuquerque, the first European since Alexander the Great to found an Asian empire - who set in motion five hundred years of European colonisation and unleashed the forces of globalisation.

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    PACIFIC. THE OCEAN OF THE FUTURE.
    By Simon Winchester. Trade Paperback 0.64kg, 153mm X 230mm. 492 pages, Black & White illustrations. Published 2015.
    Travelling the circumference of the truly gigantic Pacific, Simon Winchester tells the story of the world's largest body of water, and - in matters economic, political and military - the ocean of the future. The Pacific is a world of tsunamis and Magellan, of the Bounty mutiny and the Boeing Company. It is the stuff of the towering Captain Cook and his wide-ranging network of exploring voyages, Robert Louis Stevenson and Admiral Halsey. It is the place of Paul Gauguin and the explosion of the largest-ever American atomic bomb, on Bikini atoll, in 1951.

    It has an astonishing recent past, an uncertain present and a hugely important future. The ocean and its peoples are the new lifeblood, fizz and thrill of America - which draws so many of its minds and so much of its manners from the sea - while the inexorable rise of the ancient center of the world, China, is a fixating fascination. The presence of rogue states - North Korea most notoriously today - suggest that the focus of the responsible world is shifting away from the conventional post-war obsessions with Europe and the Middle East, and towards a new set of urgencies.

    Navigating the newly evolving patterns of commerce and trade, the world's most violent weather and the fascinating histories, problems and potentials of the many Pacific states, Simon Winchester's thrilling journey is a grand depiction of the future ocean.

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    THE EDGE OF THE WORLD How the North Sea made us who we are.
    By Michael Pye. Paperback 0.30kg, 127mm X 198mm. 394 pages, 8 pages of full colour illustrations. Published 2015.
    When the Romans retreated from Northern Europe, they left behind he lands at the very edge of the known world to the barbarians. Yet a thousand years later the countries surrounding the North Sea were at the heart of scientific, mercantile and artistic transformations and formed the centre of the first truly global empires.
    In The edge of the World Michael Pye explains how a small but dangerous body of water inspired the saints, spies, fishermen, pirates, traders and marauders who lived beside and journeyed across the North Sea to give birth tour modern world.

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    THE SEA AND CIVILISATION
    By Lincoln Paine. Softcover 1.26kg, 155mm X 235mm. 744 pages, Colour photographs. Published 2015.
    A Maritime History of the World.

    A monumental, wholly accessible work of scholarship that retells human history through the story of mankind's relationship with the sea. An accomplishment of both great sweep and illuminating detail, The Sea and Civilization is a stunning work of history that reveals in breathtaking depth how people first came into contact with one another by ocean and river, and how goods, languages, religions, and entire cultures spread across and along the world's waterways.

    Lincoln Paine takes us back to the origins of long-distance migration by sea with our ancestors' first forays from Africa and Eurasia to Australia and the Americas. He demonstrates the critical role of maritime trade to the civilizations of ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, and the Indus Valley. He reacquaints us with the great seafaring cultures of antiquity like those of the Phoenicians and Greeks, as well as those of India, Southeast and East Asia who parlayed their navigational skills, shipbuilding techniques, and commercial acumen to establish vibrant overseas colonies and trade routes in the centuries leading up to the age of European overseas expansion. His narrative traces subsequent developments in commercial and naval shipping through the post-Cold War era. Above all, Paine makes clear how the rise and fall of civilizations can be traced to the sea.

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    BLACK SEA
    By Neal Ascherson. Paperback, 130mm X 198mm, 0.24 kg, 286 pages, Revised edition 2015.
    Coasts and Conquests: From Pericles to Putin

    Black Sea is a homage to an ocean and its shores and a meditation on Eurasian history, from the earliest times to the present. It explores the culture, history and politics of the volatile region which surrounds the Black Sea.

    Ascherson recalls the world of Herodotus and Aeschylus; Ovid's place of exile on what is now the coast of Romania; the decline and fall of Byzantium; the mysterious Christian Goths; the Tatar Khanates; the growth of Russian power across the grasslands, and the centuries of war between Ottoman and Russian Empires around the Black Sea. He examines the terrors of Stalinism and its fascist enemy, both striving for mastery of these endlessly colourful and complex shores, and investigates the turbulent history of modern Ukraine.

    This is a story of Greeks, Scythians, Samatians, Huns, Goths, Turks, Russians, Ukrainians and Poles. This is the sea where Europe ended. It is the place where 'barbarism' was born.

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    OUTLAWS OF THE ATLANTIC
    By Marcus Rediker. Hardback, 150mm X 220mm, 0.43 kg, 241 pages, Published 2014.
    Sailors, pirates, and motley crews in the age of sail.

    Explores the dramatic world of maritime adventure, not from the perspective of admirals, merchants, and nation-states but from the viewpoint of commoners—sailors, slaves, indentured servants, pirates, and other outlaws from the late seventeenth to the early nineteenth century. Bringing together their seafaring experiences for the first time.

    Author Marcus Rediker reveals how the “motley”—that is, multiethnic—crews were a driving force behind the American Revolution; that pirates, enslaved Africans, and other outlaws worked together to subvert capitalism; and that, in the era of the tall ship, outlaws challenged authority from below deck. By bringing these marginal seafaring characters into the limelight, Rediker shows how maritime actors have shaped history that many have long regarded as national and landed. And by casting these rebels by sea as cosmopolitan workers of the world, he reminds us that to understand the rise of capitalism, globalization, and the formation of race and class, we must look to the sea.

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    WHO DISCOVERED AMERICA?
    By Gavin Menzies. Paperback, 150mm X 230mm, 0.38 kg 308 pages, Colour photographs Published 2014.
    The untold story of the peopling of the Americas.

    A groundbreaking new book that upends our understanding of ancient America Conventional history tells us humans migrated on foot across present-day Alaska, populating the Americas far later than other continents. However, emerging new evidence suggests seafarers reached the continents thousands of years earlier and developed far more sophisticated civilizations than previously imagined. . . .

    A revolutionary new account of how the first humans came to North and South America. Author Gavin Menzies reveals that ancient peoples used the oceans' natural currents and prevailing winds to make voyages across both the Atlantic and Pacific. What's more, we now must accept that they had time to develop remarkably advanced cultures. Armed with cutting-edge DNA evidence, newly unearthed artifacts, and astonishing linguistic and archaeological discoveries, Menzies shows humans have been making transoceanic voyages as far back as 100,000 years ago, vastly predating the supposed overland migration to the Americas during the last Ice Age.

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    SMUGGLERS AND SMUGGLING
    By Trevor May. Paperback, 150mm X 210mm, 0.16 kg 72 pages, Colour and sepia photographs & illustrations.
    Smuggling was rife in Britain between the seventeenth and mid-nineteenth centuries, and since then smugglers have come often to be romanticised as cheeky rogues – as highwaymen of the coasts and Robin Hood figures. The reality could be very different. Cut-throat businessmen determined to make a profit, many smugglers were prepared to use excessive force as often as they used cunning, and the officers whose job it was to apprehend them were regularly brutally intimidated into inaction. Trevor May explains who the smugglers were, what motivated them, where they operated, and how items ranging from barrels of brandy to boxes of tea would surreptitiously be moved inland under the noses of, and sometimes even in collusion with, the authorities.

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    A HISTORY OF THE WORLD IN 12 MAPS.
    By Jerry Brotton. Paperback, 130mm X 200mm, 513 pages, Sepia and colour photographs.
    Maps are objects of endless fascination, and the urge to map is a basic human instinct. In this masterful study, historian and cartography expert Jerry Brotton reveals how maps—far from being objective documents—are intimately tied to the views and agendas of particular times and places. Beginning with Ptolemy’s Geography and ending with the satellite-powered behemoth of Google Earth, Brotton examines a dozen world maps from around the globe and through the centuries to trace the long road to our present geographical reality.

    In an era when Google Maps is regarded as a standard convenience, this history of 12 epoch-defining maps—including Google’s—is a revelation. Renaissance scholar Brotton examines a cross-cultural sampling of historic world maps, exploring them as representations of both the Earth, and of the philosophical mores of the cultures that produced them. The maps range in function from the “practical maintenance of empire” to the spiritual concerns of uniting “the earth and the heavens in a harmonious, universal whole.” Each simultaneously represents a geographical survey, an aesthetic achievement, technological progress, theological instruction, and political demarcation. These multiple functions are mirrored in the structure of the book, which reflects political, philosophical, and cultural development. The maps are about humanity’s changing relationship with itself, others, the Earth, and the heavens, and this broad scope makes for rich reading.

    This is the kind of book map lovers and history buffs adore. Beautifully illustrations and brilliantly original.

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    1788 - THE BRUTAL TRUTH OF THE FIRST FLEET.
    By David Hill. Paperback, 130mm X 200mm, 392 pages, monochrome paintings.
    Never before or since has there been an experiment quite as bold as this. Eleven of the tiniest ships sailed for eight months over the roughest of seas, carrying fifteen hundred people, food for two years and all the equipment needed to build a colony of convicts in a land completely beyond their experience and imagination.
    In Portsmouth the fleet's preparation was characterised by disease, promiscuity and death. The journey itself was one of unbearable hardship, but also of extraordinary resilience, with the majority of settlers and exiles making it alive to the new colony at Sydney Cove. There, however, they faced their biggest challenges of all: conflict, starvation and despair.
    Combining the skill of a vigilant journalist with the magic of a master novelist, David Hill brings the sights, sounds, sufferings and triumphs of the First Fleeters back to life. Journals, letters, reports and pleas to England are all interwoven here with the author's own insight and empathy to convey the innermost horrors and joys of the very first European Australians. The result is a narrative history that is surprising, compelling and unforgettable.

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    THE REEF: A PASSIONATE HISTORYTHE GREAT BARRIER REEF IN 12 EXTRAORDINARY TALES.
    ByIain McCalman. Paperback , 0.41kg, 128mm x 198mm, 398 pages.
    The first social,cultural and environmental history of this World Heritage-listed site.

    This landmark book charts our shifting human perceptions of the reef, from the terrifying labyrinth that almost sunk Cook's Endeavour to a fragile global treasure. The Reef describes the 12 key encounters between people, places, ideas and biosystems.

    In the 19th Century the region was infamous for shipwrecks, and when Indigenous clans rescued survivors like Eliza Fraser, their actions were misrepresented by the popular press. Later, the whole world caught the fiery debate between Darwinists and creationists over the origins of this colossal structure. Artists and visionaries celebrated its beauty and fought the exploitation, marine scientists catalogued the threats, and its future existence.

    This is a human history, brilliant and evocative, of one of the world's most astonishing ecosystems. At times enlightening, compelling and impossible to put down. A stylish racing read,and a brilliant and beautiful hymn to the past, present and increasingly uncertain future of this area.

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    THE GREAT SEA - A human history of the Mediterranean
    by David Abulafia. Paperback, 0.61 kg, 128mm x 197m, 783 pages, sections of full colour photographs. This edition published 2014.
    For over three thousand years, the Mediterranean Sea has been one of the great centres of civilization. David Abulafia’s The Greta Sea is the first complete history of the Mediterranean, from the erection of temples on Malta around 3500BC to modern tourism. Raging across time and the whole extraordinary space of the Mediterranean from Gibraltar to Jaffa, Genoa to Tunis, and bringing to life pilgrims, pirates, sultans and naval commanders, this is the story of the sea that has shaped much of world history.
    Rather than imposing a false unity on the sea and the teeming human activity it has sustained, the book emphasizes diversity - ethnic, linguistic, religious and political. Anyone who reads it will leave it with their understanding of those societies and their histories enormously enriched.

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    UNDER FULL SAIL - How the majestic Clipper Ships transformed Australia
    by Rob Mundle. hardback, 0.69 kg, 240mm x 160m, 374 pages, colour, Sepia and B&W photographs. Published 2016.
    The story of the Clipper ships, and the tens of thousands of migrants they bought to the Australian colony of the nineteenth century, is one of the world's great migration stories. For anyone who travelled to Australia before 1850, it was a long and arduous journey that could take as much as four months. With the arrival of the clipper ships, and favourable winds, the journey from England could be done in a little over half this time. It was a revolution in travel that made the clipper ships the jet airlines of their day, bringing keen and willing migrants 'down under' in record time, all hell-bent on making their fortune in Australia.

    A ripping story that starts on the sea, aboard a clipper ship charging across the Southern Ocean, laden with passengers heading for Melbourne in response to the lure of gold. Brimming with countless stories of the magnificent ships and fearless (and feckless) characters we find on them, like Englishman "Bully" Forbes and American "Bully" Waterman driving their ships to the limit and the tragic legacy of the many shipwrecks that were so much a part of this era.

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    THE FIRST FLEET By Rob Mundle. Paperback , 0.18kg, 130mm x 198mm, 347 pages. B & W Images. This edition published 2017
    Rob Mundle, bestselling maritime biographer of Bligh, Flinders and Cook, is back on the ocean to tell one of the great stories of expedition under sail: the extraordinary eight-month, 17,000-nautical-mile voyage of the First Fleet.

    With customary sweep and swell, Mundle puts you alongside 48-year-old Captain Arthur Phillip on the quarterdeck of the Royal Navy escort HMS Sirius, as he commands his small armada of eleven ships, carrying over 1400 men, women and children, to the other side of the world.

    At the heart of Mundle's story of the First Fleet is the extraordinary seamanship of the masters and their crews in their day-to-day workings on individual ships, battling all that nature could throw at them - from disastrous conditions to disease - in order to fulfil the grand plans and strategic visions of politicians and authorities. To arrive in Sydney Cove in January 1788 with all ships intact and such a low loss of life is a tribute to Phillip, his officers and crews, and to the wherewithal and brilliance of eighteenth-century seamanship.

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    ORPHANS OF HISTORY THE FORGOTTEN CHILDREN OF THE FIRST FLEET
    By Robert Holden. Paperback , 0.22kg, 128mm x 198mm, 218 pages.
    In this poignant and focused examination of the First Fleet, Holden tells the story of the approximately 50 children who accompanied the 1500 adults who were the foundation of the European settlement in Australia. This is the painful story of Australia's foundations on the pain, sweat and tears of its convict settlers. First published in 2000 and now reissued in this paperback edition

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    THE LAST CRUSADE - THE EPIC VOYAGES OF VASCO DA GAMA.
    By Nigel Cliff. Paperback, 0.82kg, 149mm x 230mm, 547 pages, monochrome photos. Published in 2012.
    In 1498 a young captain sailed from Potugal, circumnavigated Africa, crossed the Indian Ocean, and discovered the sea route to the Indies, opening up access to the fabled wealth of the East. It was the longest voyage known to history; the ships were pushed to their limits, their crews were racked by storms and devastated by disease. However, the greatest enemy was neith nature nor the fear of venturing into unknown worlds. With blood-red Crusader crosses emblazoned on their sails, the explorers arrived in the heart of the Muslim East at a time when the old hostilities between Christianity and Islam had intensified. In two voyages that spanned six years, Vasco da Gama would fight a running sea battle that would ultimately change the fate of three continents.
    The Last Crusade is an epic tale of spies, intrigue, and treachery; of bravado, brinkmanship, and confused - often comical - collisions between cultures encounting one another for the frist time. With the world once again tipping back East, The Last Crusade offers a key to understanding age-old religious and cultural rivalries resurgent today.

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    SWEET WATER AND BITTER.
    By Sian Rees, Paperback, 129mm x 199mm, black & white drawings, 340 pages.
    This book is the extraordinary sequel to Britain's abolition of the slave trade in 1807. The last legal British slave-ship left Africa that year, but other countries and illegal slavers continued to trade. When the Napoleonic Wars ended in 1815, British diplomats negotiated anti-slave-trade treaties and a 'Preventive Squadron' was formed to cruise the West African coast. In six decades, this small fleet liberated 150,000 Africans and lost 17,000 its own men in doing so. This is the tale of their exciting and arduous campaign.
    It is a story of unforeseen consequences, and a swashbuckling naval adventure, full of sensational, first-hand accounts of life at sea; of the grim 'barracoons', the slave-brokers' luxurious compounds and the lonely garrisons dotting the coast. Combining flawless research with an intimated and dramatic narrative, this is a voyage that no one will forget.

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    EMPIRES OF THE SEA
    By Roger Crowley. Paperback, 128mm X 198mm, 0.31 kg, 341 pages, lack & white illustrations. Published 2013.

    When Suleiman the Magnificent’s invasion fleet set sail for Rhodes in 1521, it was the start of a sixty-year struggle for control of the Mediterranean. It was t be a contest between East and West, Islam and Christianity, as well as a story of pirates, slavery and military crusading. In this sweeping narrative history, Roger Crowley takes us from Istanbul to the gates of Gibraltar as he introduces us to extraordinary warriors including the pirate Barbarossa and the Knights of St. John, and brings vividly to life the bloody siege of Malta and the shattering final sea battle at Lepanto.

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    CITY OF FORTUNE. - HOW VENICE WON AND LOST A NAVAL EMPIRE.
    By Roger Crowley. Paperback, 0.34kg, 126mm x 196mm, 405 pages, published 2011.
    Drawing on first-hand accounts of crusaders, sea captains and merchants, as well as the state records, renowned historian Roger Crowley's City of Fortune is a rich narrative about commerce and empire, seafaring and piracy, which ranges across the Mediterranean from the Adriatic to Alexandria, from Crete to Constantinople and the Black Sea.

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    MR SELDEN'S MAP OF CHINA
    ByTimothy Brook. Paperback, 150mm x 227mm, 211 pages. Published 2015
    In the 1650's, a vast an unusual map of China was bequeathed to the Bodleian Library, Oxford, by John Selden, a lawyer, political activist, jailed member of Parliament and the City's first Oriental scholar. When Timothy Brook came across it in 2009, he realised he had stumbled across an exceptional artifact, so unsettingly modern-looking that it could almost be a forgery. But it was genuine, and what it has to tell us is remarkable. It shows China not cut off from the world, but a participant in the embryonic networks of Global trade that fuelled the rise of Europe- and which now powers China's ascent.

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    1434 - THE YEAR A MAGNIFICENT CHINESE FLEET SAILED TO ITALY AND IGNITED THE RENAISSANCE
    ByGavin Menzies. Pbk, 129m x 198mm, 400 pages.
    The international bestselling author of 1421 offers compelling new evidence that traces the roots of the European Renaissance to Chinese exploration in the fifteenth century.
    The brilliance of the European Renaissance laid the foundation of the modern world. Textbooks tell us that it came about as a result of a re-discovery of the ideas and ideals of classical Greece and Rome.
    But now Gavin Menzies makes the startling argument that in the year 1434, China - then the world's most technologically advanced civilization - provided the spark that set the Renaissance ablaze.
    Fifteenth-century Florence and Venice were hubs of world trade, attracting merchants from across the globe. In 1434, a Chinese fleet - official ambassadors of the Emperor - arrived in Tuscany and met with Pope Eugenius IV in Florence. Based on nearly twenty years of research, Menzies' compelling history argues that the delegation presented the influential Pope with a diverse wealth of Chinese learning: art, geography (including world maps which were later passed on to Columbus and Magellan), astonomy, mathematics, printing, architecture, civil engineering, military weapons, and more. This vast treasure of knowledge spread across Europe, igniting the legendary inventiveness of the Renaissance, including Da Vinci's mechanical creations, the Copernican revolution and Galileo's discoveries.

    In 1434, Gavin Menzies combines historical reinterpretation with the excitement of an investigative adventure. He brings us aboard the remarkable Chinese fleet as it sets sail from China to Cairo and Florence, and then back across the world. Erudite and brilliantly reasoned, 1434 will change the way we see ourselves, our history and our world.

    This new edition has 30 extra pages with new controversial material.

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    1421 - THE YEAR CHINA DISCOVERED AMERICA
    ByGavin Menzies. Pbk, 150mm x 227mm, 649 pages.
    On March 8, 1421, the largest fleet the world had ever seen set sail from China. Its mission was "to proceed all the way to the ends of the earth to collect tribute from the barbarians beyond the seas" and unite the whole world in Confucian harmony.
    When it returned in October 1423, the emperor had fallen, leaving China in political and economic chaos. The great ships were left to rot at their moorings and the records of their journeys were destroyed. Lost in China's long, self-imposed isolation that followed was the knowledge that Chinese ships had reached America seventy years before Columbus and had circumnavigated the globe a century before Magellan. Also concealed was how the Chinese colonised America before the Europeans and transplanted in America and other countries the principal economic crops that have fed and clothed the world.
    Unveiling incontrovertible evidence of these astonishing voyages, 1421 rewrites our understanding of history. Our knowledge of world exploration as it has been commonly accepted for centuries must be reconceived due to the landmark work of historical investigation.

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    VENETIAN NAVIGATORS.
    By Andrea di Robilant. Paperback, 0.39kg, 127mm x 198mm, 244 pages. Published 2012.
    Andrea di Robilant investigates the story of the Zen brothers, the fourteenth-century merchant navigators whose fabled voyage to the North Atlantic made history.
    Nicolo and Antonio Zen, so the story goes, journeyed from Venice up the North Atlantic, encountering warrior princes, fighting savage natives and just possibly reaching the New World a full century before Columbus. News of their adventure travelled throughout Europe, from the workshop of the great cartographer Mercator to the court of Elizabeth I. For centuries, the brothers were international celebrities, until, in 1835, the story was denounced as a 'tissue of lies' and the Zens faded into oblivion.
    But was it a hoax? What if these Venetian navigators really did make their incredible journey? Intrigued by the myth, Andrea di Robilant sets out to discover the truth about the Zen voyages. Following in their footsteps, his quest to solve one of Venice's most extraordinary mysteries takes him on a fascinating journey of his own, from the crumbling Palazzo Zen in Venice to the Orkney Islands, Shetland, the Faroes, Iceland and even as far as an isolated monastry in Greenland. Part history, part travelogue, this book is a charming tale of great journeys, fine detective work and faith against the odds.

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    SPANISH GOLD.
    Captain Woodes Rogers & the true story of the Pirates of the Caribbean. By David Cordingly. Paperback, 0.24kg, 130mm x 198mm, 298 pages. Black and white and full colour illlustrations, published 2012.
    The pirates of the Caribbean, from Blackbeard to Calico Jack, have been the stuff of legend for centuries, but in Spanish Gold David Cordingly reveals the true picture of those turbulent times. Attacks on the treasure ports of the Spanish Main and the sacking of Panama in 1671 were just the prologue to an explosion of piracy which forced the merchants of London to appoint captian Woodes Rogers, Governor of the Bahamas, to lead a perilous mission 'to drive the pirates from their lodgement'. Played out against the background of fierce colonial rivalry between Britain, France and Spain, the true story of the rise and fall of the prirates of the Caribbean is both riveting history and an engrossing tale even more surprising than the legends themselves.

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    BEYOND THE BLUE HORIZON.
    By Brian Fagan. Paperback, 0.29kg, 140mm x 210mm, 313 pages, black and white photos. Published in 2013.
    The voyages of Columbus and Captain Cook are widely known about, yet much earlier explorers made equally bold and world-changing voyages that are far less famous, though no less significant. In this book, Brian Fagan asks: What drove humans to risk their lives on open water? How did early sailors unlock the secrets of winds, tides and the stars they steered by? What were the earliest ocean crossings like?
    Starting from the moment when ancient Polynesians first dared to sail beyond the horizon, Fagan vividly explains how our mastery of the oceans changed the course of human history. With compelling detail, he reveals how seafaring evolved so that the realms of the sea gods were transformed from forbidding barriers into trading thoroughfares that linked far-flung societies.
    From bamboo rafts in the Java Sea to triremes in the Aegean, from Norse longboats in the North Atlantic to Sealskin kayaks in Alaska, Fagan crafts a captivating narrative of humanity's urge to challenge the unknown and seek out distance shores.

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    TERRA AUSTRALIS
    By Mathew Flinders. Paperback , 0.22kg, 128mm x 198mm, 268 pages.
    In this edited selection of his journals, Mathew Flinders - Australia's greatest navigator and the man who named the Island continent, describes in captivating detail his epic mission to map the shores of Australia between 1796 and 1803.

    Mathew Flinders was born in England in 1774. After reading Robinson Crusoe as a small boy, his heart was set on adventure. In 1789, against his father's wishes, he enrolled in the British Navy and in 1791 sailed with Bligh on his second Tahitian mission, a journey that would,eventually, kill him in 1814.

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    THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES
    By Charles Darwin. Collectors Library Hardback , 0.31kg, 103mm x 152mm, 575 pages.
    The Collector’s Library presents the great works of literature in handsome, hardback formats that are sumptuously produced and are made to treasure. Gold Edges, dustjackets and ribbon bookmarks.

    In The Origin of Species, Darwin outlined his theory of evolution, which proposed that species had been evolving and differentiating over time under the influence of natural selection. On its publication it became hugely influential, bringing about a seismic shift in the scientific view of humanity's place in the world that is still controversial today. It is both a brilliant work of science and also a clear, vivid and at times even moving, piece of writing that reflects both Darwin's genius and his boundless enthusiasm for the natural world.

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