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  • An Exquisite Legacy
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    By Grantlee Kieza. Harback. 0.81 kgs. 165mm x 240mm, 485 pages, black & White, Colour Photos, illustrations and drawings. Published 2020

    Lust, science, adventure - Joseph Banks and his voyages of discovery The extraordinary life of one of the world's most famous and notorious adventurers.

    Sir Joseph Banks was a man of passion whose influence spanned the globe. A fearless adventurer, his fascination with beautiful women was only trumped by his obsession with the natural world and his lust for scientific knowledge.
    Fabulously wealthy, Banks was the driving force behind monumental voyages and scientific discoveries in Australia, New Zealand, the South Pacific, Europe, North America, South America, Asia, Africa and the Arctic.
    In 1768, as a galivanting young playboy, he joined Captain James Cook's Endeavour expedition to the South Pacific. Financing his own team of scientists and artists, Banks battled high seas, hailstorms, treacherous coral reefs and hostile locals to expand the world's knowledge of life on distant shores. He returned with thousands of specimens of plants and animals, generating enormous interest in Europe, while the racy accounts of his amorous adventures in Tahiti made him one of the most famous and notorious men in England.

    As the longest-serving president of Britain's Royal Society, Banks was perhaps the most important man in the scientific world for more than half a century, and for decades, major British voyages of exploration around the globe only sailed with his backing.

    Banks is a rich and rollicking biography of one of the most colourful and intriguing characters in the history of exploration.

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    By Alison Sutherland. Softback. 0.65 kgs. 200mm x 250mm, 180 pages, Sepia & Colour Photos, illustrations and drawings. Published 2019

    Cook's Ark is a fascinating account of the animals that sailed with Captain James Cook to the South Pacific, with particular reference to New Zealand.
    It offers a novel insight into an aspect of Cook's voyages rarely touched on by other authors: the menagerie that travelled in uncomfortably close proximity to the men on board Endeavour and Resolution.
    From the tiniest mouse, poultry, cats, monkeys, goats, pigs, etc to the larger cattle and horse, the reader follows their journey with Captain Cook.

    Dr Sutherland's intensive research on the vermin, livestock, utility animals, pets and exotic animals that sailed with Captain Cook not only reveals a captivating glimpse into the life of animals at sea in the 18th century, but also exposes little known or understated historical facts. These include the story behind the massacre of Furneaux's men at Grass Cove, the relationship between a Maori girl and a young seaman, and for the readers interested in heritage breeds, concludes by linking animals introduced during Cook's voyages to some of New Zealand's rarest breeds of livestock.

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    By John Mccrystal Hardback. 1.80 kgs. 260mm x 285mm, 276 pages, Sepia & Colour Photos, illustrations and drawings. Published 2019

    Beautifully illustrated with a selection of fascinating maps, Singing the Trail is the story of New Zealand through its maps - and the story of the explorers who made those maps.

    The very first maps, oral maps made by early Polynesian and Maori settlers, were waypoints, lists of places in songs, chants, karakia and stories that showed direction.

    Hundreds of years later, Abel Tasman made the first attempt at a physical map; followed more than a century later by James Cook, whose more detailed map was made as he circumnavigated Aotearoa. Once the detail of the coastline was filled in, it was the turn of the surveyors, explorers, rockhounds, gold diggers and politicians to negotiate the internal detail.

    The story of these maps is also the story of Aotearoa New Zealand.

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    The Cook Voyages Collections of Te Papa.
    By Janet Davidson. Hardback. 1.29 kgs. 210mm x 260mm, 279 pages, Sepia & Colour Photographs. Published 2019

    A comprehensive guide to the objects associated with the voyages of James Cook held at New Zealand's National Museum

    Almost 250 years after James Cook first sighted Aotearoa New Zealand in October 1769, there is still world-wide interest in all aspects of his three voyages of exploration in the Pacific between 1768 and 1779, discovery (by Europeans), astronomy, natural science, and interactions with indigenous communities. For many people, the ‘artificial curiosities’ – works of human manufacture from exotic locations – collected on these voyages by Cook himself and others on his ships, including super-numenaries and servants, have held a particular fascination

    In this handsome book, widely respected Pacific scholar Janet Davidson details the collection of Maori, Pacific and Native American objects associated with the voyages held at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, one of the few significant institutional collections that have not been fully described until now.

    Richly illustrated and accessibly written, it is a treasure trove.

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    Captain James Cook 250th Commemorative Edition. 1769-2019
    By Graeme Lay. Hardback. 1.22 kgs. 240mm x 275mm, 208 pages, Sepia & Colour and B&W illustrations and drawings. Published 2019

    October 2019 marks the 250th anniversary of Captain James Cook’s first landfall in New Zealand. One Hundred Days that Mapped a Nation marks this historic occasion by looking at Cook’s intrepid journeys to New Zealand and the Pacific that were unprecedented for the time and had such far-reaching consequences.

    His initial voyage on the Endeavour was focused on observing the transit of Venus to gather information to help with nautical navigation and as a result he had on board astronomer Charles Green, naturalists Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander and later artist William Hodges. This has left a legacy of first-hand accounts and artworks that bring alive the impressions of Cook and his crew, and what they experienced in their early encounters with the inhabitants and their reactions to the exotic landscape.

    Ships logs, journal entries, maps and illustrations help to build a vivid portrait of the places and people encountered by Cook, recording his impressions and those of some of the talented men who accompanied him. It also looks at the challenges of the voyages, from preventing scurvy to finding adequate provisions. Highly illustrated with a lively but authoritative text by Graeme Lay, this book is the definitive celebration of a remarkable achievement. In the 100 days Captain Cook spent here on three separate voyages he managed to charter the coastline of New Zealand, literally putting the country on the map.

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    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.

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    By Meaghan Wilson Anastasios. Paperback. 0.55 kgs. 155mm x 235mm, 448 pages, Black and white, Sepia & Colour illustrations and drawings, and photographs. Published 2019 in Paperback

    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.

    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Also available in Paperback. Image on the right.

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    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.

    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.

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    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’.

    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.

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    By Chris McDowall & Tim Denee. Hardback, 1.65 kgs. 240mm x 295mm, 238 pages, Black and white, Sepia and Colour illustrations and drawings. Published 2019

    This book’s sets of maps and graphics help New Zealanders make sense of their country, to grasp the scale, diversity and intricacies of Aotearoa, and to experience feelings of connection to land, to place, to this time in our history, and to one another.

    By making data visible, each graphic reveals insights about Aotearoa. They answer a range of questions: Who visits us? How equal are we? How were these lands formed? Where do we live and work? How do we hurt ourselves? Where do our cats go to at night? This compelling mixture of charts, graphs, diagrams, maps and illustrations is functional, beautiful, insightful and enlightening. It tells us where we are, here, in 2019.

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    THE TASMAN MAP.The Biography of a Map
    By Ian Burnet. Softback, 0.53 kgs. 180mm x 240mm, 208 pages, Black and white, Sepia and Colour illustrations and drawings. Published 2019

    The Tasman Map delves into the story of the first Dutch voyages to Australia, set against the background of the struggle of the newly formed Dutch Republic to gain its independence from the Kingdom of Spain and the struggle of the Dutch East India Company for trade supremacy in the East Indies against its Portuguese, Spanish and English rivals.
    Over a period of only forty years from 1606 to 1644 and based on sixteen separate discoveries the first map of Australia took shape.

    This book shows a recognisable outline of the north, west and south coasts of Australia that was not to change for another 125 years until the British explorer James Cook charted the east coast in 1770.

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    The Life & Works of New Zealand Naturalist G V Hudson
    By George Gibbs. Hardback, 0.99 kgs. 208mm x 288mm, 160 pages, Colour, Black and white, Sepia, illustrations and drawings. Published 2020

    The biography of one of New Zealand’s greatest naturalist-artists, G. V.Hudson.
    George Hudson, 1867-1946, was one of New Zealand’s pioneer naturalists, who devoted his life to collecting and describing the New Zealand insect fauna. He amassed what is probably the largest collection of New Zealand insects, now housed at Te Papa.

    Hudson also wrote seven books on insect fauna between 1898 and 1946, each illustrated in colour with immaculate paintings of the specimens, a total of over 3100 paintings, mainly focused on months and butterflies.

    An Exquisite Legacy is a biography of Hudson, written by his grandson Dr George Gibbs, himself a prominent entomologist.
    Gibbs outlines the life of this naturalist and artist, whose dedication and output was truly remarkable. Hudson remained an amateur naturalist his whole life, but his contribution to our knowledge about the New Zealand insect world is of enduring significance, while his artistic legacy, built up over nearly seven decades, is truly remarkable.

    Beautifully illustrated throughout, this biography of George Hudson is the first chance for most people to see his exquisite artwork.

    This extensive collection of exquisite illustrations is without parallel in New Zealand.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    By Tony Rice. Paperback, 1.24kg, 215mm x 254mm, 336 pages, full colour illustrations.
    Voyages if Discovery is a mesmerising visual record of ten of the most significant natural history expeditions.
    Superb artworks and photographs spanning three centuries document advances and watersheds in the field of natural science. The stories behind these images - of explorers, naturalists, artists and photographers - entwine into a fascinating study of human achievement and natural wonder.
    Among the many stories of adventure and great scientific endeavour are: Sir Hans Sloan's journey to Jamaica in 1687; James Cook's perilous Pacific crossings; and Darwin's historic voyage aboard the HMS Beagle.
    Handpicked from the vast Library of the Natural History Museum, London, the illustrations and artworks contained here form a rare collection, most of which are exclusively presented in this stunning book.

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    The ship's cat who helped Flinders map Australia.
    By Mathew Flinders,Philippa Sandall & Gillian Dooley. Hardback, 135mm x 190mm, 128 pages, black and white Images and Drawings. Published 2019.

    Not many ships' cats have even one memorial statue, let alone six. But Trim does, including one outside Euston Station in London, proudly unveiled by Prince William on the bicentenary of Matthew Flinders's death – 19 July 2014.

    Trim was the ship's cat who accompanied Matthew Flinders on his voyages to circumnavigate and map the coastline of Australia from 1801 to 1803. He lived quite the adventurous life. As a small kitten he fell overboard while at sea but managed to swim back to the vessel and climb back on board by scaling a rope. This cemented his position as Flinders's beloved companion, and together they survived a voyage around the world, the circumnavigation of Australia and a shipwreck. When Flinders was imprisoned by the French in Mauritius in 1803 Trim shared his captivity until one day he mysteriously disappeared – which heartbreakingly Flinders attributed to his being stolen and eaten by a hungry slave.

    Trim, The Cartographer's Cat is an ode to this much-loved ship's cat, which will warm the heart of any cat lover.

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    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!

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