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  • Mana of the Pacific
  • Endless Sea
  • Banks
  • Cook's Ark
  • The Cook Voyages Encounters
  • First Map
  • The Pacific. In the Wake of Captain Cook
  • James Cook - The Voyages
  • The Voyages of Captain James Cook - HB
  • Sailing With Cook
  • An Exquisite Legacy
  • Trim. The Cartographer's Cat
  • Seafurrers
  • The Sea Journal
  • Explorers' Sketchbooks
  • Seamanship in the Age of Sail
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    ByApisalome Movono & Regina Scheyvens . Hardback. 0.71 kgs. 180mm x 235mm, 159 pages, Colour Photos, Published 2021

    Mana of the Pacific: Wisdom from across Oceania brings you inspirational proverbs matched with beautiful photographs from a wide range of Pacific Islands, that highlight the strength, resilience, wisdom and innovation of Pacific Island peoples.
    Written in each national language, as well as English, this book speaks to the importance of Pacific culture and customs.

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    Stories told through the taonga of the New Zealand Maritime Museum Hui te Ananui a Tangaroa.
    By Frances Walsh & Jane Ussher. Hardback. 1.47 kgs. 230mm x 280mm, 262 pages, Sepia & Colour Illustrations & Photos, Published 2020

    A book for all New Zealanders who feel connected to the sea.

    This beautiful book, photographed by Jane Ussher, surveys the New Zealand Maritime Museum’s collection and explores New Zealand maritime history through 100 fascinating and wide-ranging objects. From ship-building tools and Peter Blake’s first trophy, to menu cards from the glory days of ocean liners and exquisite model ships, it’s the perfect book for all who love the sea, boats and ships, and all else that sails on the water.

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    By Huw Lewis-Jones. Hardcover, 1.38kgs. 275mm x 195mm, 304 pages. Published 2019. Colour Images and Photographs.

    The sea has been an endless source of fascination, at once both alluring and mysterious, a place of wonder and terror. The Sea Journal contains first-hand records by a great range of travellers of their encounters with strange creatures and new lands, full of dangers and delights, pleasures and perils.

    In this remarkable gathering of private journals, log books, letters and diaries, we follow the voyages of intrepid sailors, from the frozen polar wastes to South Seas paradise islands, as they set down their immediate impressions of all they saw. They capture their experiences while at sea, giving us a precious view of the oceans and the creatures that live in them as they were when they were scarcely known and right up to the present day. In a series of biographical portraits, we meet officers and ordinary sailors, cooks and whalers, surgeons and artists, explorers and adventurers. A handful of contemporary mariners provide their thoughts on how keeping a journal remains integral to their voyaging lives.

    Often still bearing the traces of their nautical past, the intriguing and enchanting sketches and drawings in this book brilliantly capture the spirit of the oceans and the magic of the sea.

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    By Huw Lewis_jones & Kari Herbert. Hardcover, 1.44kgs. 275mm x 195mm, 320 pages. Reprinted 2018. Colour Images and Photographs.

    Despite dramatic advances in technology and equipment over the centuries, there is one vital piece of kit in most explorers’ pockets that hasn’t changed much at all – the journal.

    The sketchbooks and journals presented here allow us the opportunity to share, through their own eyes and thoughts, the on-the-spot reactions of around 70 intrepid individuals as they journeyed into frozen waters, high mountains, barren deserts and rich rainforests. Some are well known, such as Captain Scott, Charles Darwin, Thor Heyerdahl and Abel Tasman; others are unfamiliar, including Adela Breton, who braved the jungles of Mexico to make an unparalleled record of Maya monuments, and Alexandrine Tinne, who died in her attempt to be the first woman to cross the Sahara. Here are pioneering explorers and map-makers, botanists and artists, ecologists and anthropologists, eccentrics and visionaries, men and women. A handful of living explorers, including Wade Davis, provide their thoughts on the art of exploration.

    Often battered and neglected, stored away and perhaps long forgotten, many of these sketchbooks have themselves awaited rediscovery. Now is the chance to open them again.

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    An account of the shiphandling of the sailing man-of-war, 1600 -1860 By John Harland. Hardcover, 1.86kgs. 255mm x 300mm, 319 pages. Published 2015. Line drawings, Black and White photographs.

    A modern, objective appraisal of the development of seamanship among the major navies of the world from the 17th to the 19th century.

    Numerous successful reprints of contemporary works on rigging and seamanship indicate the breadth of interest in the lost art of handling square-rigged ships. Modelmakers, marine painters and enthusiasts need to know not only how the ships were rigged but how much sail was set in each condition of wind and sea, how the various manoeuvres were carried out, and the intricacies of operations like reefing sails or 'catting' an anchor. Contemporary treatises such as Brady's Kedge Anchor in the USA or Darcy Lever's Sheet Anchor in Britain tell only half the story, for they were training manuals intended to be used at sea in conjunction with practical experiences and often only cover officially-condoned practices.

    This book, on the other hand, is a modern, objective appraisal of the evidence, concerned with the actualities as much as the theory. The author has studied virtually every manual published about seamanship over a period of nearly four centuries. This gives the book a completely international balance and allows him to describe for the first time the proper historical development of seamanship among the major navies of the world.

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