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The Malaspina Expedition, 1789-1794: The Journal of the Voyage by Alejandro Malaspina (Works issued by the Hakluyt Society, Third Series, vols. 8, 11, and 13)
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The Malaspina Expedition, 1789-1794: The Journal of the Voyage by Alejandro Malaspina (Works issued by the Hakluyt Society, Third Series, vols. 8, 11, and 13)

By Alessandro Malaspina; Andrew David (editor); Felipe Fernandez-Armesto (editor); Carlos Novi (editor); Glyndwr Williams (editor)

London: Hakluyt Society in Association with the Museo Naval, Madrid. Complete three volume set. Works issued by the Hakluyt Society, Third Series, vols. 8, 11, and 13. First Edition. Hardcover. Blue cloth over boards with gilt titles to spine and vignette of sailing ship Victoria on front board. As New books in Fine jackets. Jacket spines slightly faded. Not from a library. Heavy item (8.5 lbs/3.9kg); extra charge for Expedited, Express or International shipping. Malaspina's journals of his expedition from July 1789 to September 1794, newly translated from Spanish into English, with substantial introduction and commentary. Vol I / Cadiz to Panama. March 2002. pp. xcviii + 338. color frontispiece, 39 color and monochrome plates, 9 maps. ISBN 978-0-904180-72-5. Vol. II / Panama to the Philippines. March 2004. pp. xx + 511. color frontispiece, 44 color and monochrome plates, 7 maps. ISBN 978-0-904180-81-7. Vol. III / Manila to Cadiz. May 2005, pp. xxi + 487, color frontispiece, 4 color half-tones, 13 sepia half-tones, 41 black and white half-tones, 6 maps. ISBN 978-0-904180-84-8. Among the voyages of exploration and surveying in the late 18th century, that of Alejandro Malaspina best represents the high ideals and scientific interests of the Enlightenment. Italian-born Malaspina entered the Spanish navy in 1774. In September 1788 he and fellow-officer José Bustamante submitted a plan to the Ministry of Marine for a voyage of survey and inspection to Spanish territories in the Americas and Philippines. The expedition was to produce hydrographic charts for the use of Spanish merchantmen and warships and to report on the political, economic and defensive state of Spain's overseas possessions. The plan was approved and in July 1789 Malaspina and Bustamante sailed from Cadiz in the purpose-built corvettes, Descubierta and Atrevida. On board the vessels were scientists and artists and an array of the latest surveying and astronomical instruments. The voyage lasted more than five years. On his return Malaspina was promoted Brigadier de la Real Armada, and began work on an account of the voyage in seven volumes. Among much else, it would contain sweeping recommendations for reform in the governance of Spain's overseas empire. But Malaspina became involved in political intrigue. In November 1795 he was arrested, stripped of his rank and sentenced to life imprisonment. Although released in 1803, Malaspina spent the last seven years of his life in obscure retirement in Italy. He never resumed work on the great edition, and his journal was not published in Spain until 1885. The first volume of this set contains Malaspina's journals from 31 July 1789 to 14 December 1790, covering his travels round South America. Among the places visited and described are Montevideo, Puerto Deseado, Port Egmont, Puerto San Carlos, Valparaiso, Callao, Guayaquil and Panama. Other texts include an introduction by Donald C. Cutter, Malaspina's introduction to his intended edition, and his correspondence with the Minister of the Marine before and during the voyage. The second volume contains Malaspina's journals from 15 December 1790 to 15 November 1792 covering his visits to the Pacific coasts of Central and North America, as far north as Alaska, before crossing the ocean to the Philippines. Other texts include the apocryphal voyage of Ferrer Maldonaldo through the Strait of Anian, which led to a major diversion of the Malaspina expedition in 1791. The final volume presents Malaspina's journals from 15 November 1792 to 21 September 1794, covering the expedition's return voyage from Manila to New Zealand, Australia, the Tonga Islands, across the South Pacific to South America, the Falklands and home to Cádiz. Appendices contain Bustamante's survey of East Falkland Island, his visit to Puerto de la Soledad and his search for Islas Auroras, an account of Malaspina's arrest and the suppression of his report, and details of the two corvettes with lists of their complement and of the scientific instruments and books taken on the expedition.

$126.00

The Arctic Whaling Journals of William Scoresby the Younger. Three Volume Set. (Works issued by the Hakluyt Society, Third Series, vols. 12, 20, and 21.)
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The Arctic Whaling Journals of William Scoresby the Younger. Three Volume Set. (Works issued by the Hakluyt Society, Third Series, vols. 12, 20, and 21.)

By William Scoresby; C. Ian Jackson (Editor)

London: Hakluyt Society. Complete three volume set. Works issued by the Hakluyt Society, Third Series, vols. 12, 20, and 21. First Edition. Hardcover. Blue cloth over boards with gilt titles to spine and vignette of sailing ship Victoria on front board. As New books in Fine jackets. Jacket spines slightly sunned. Heavy item (6 lbs/2.7 kg); extra charge for Expedited, Express or International shipping. Volume I: The Voyages of 1811, 1812 and 1813. 2003. pp. lxi + 242. 9 monochrome illustrations, 5 maps. ISBN 0 904180 82 4 Volume II: The Voyages of 1814, 1815 and 1816. Appendix by George Huxtable. 2008. pp. xxxvii + 308. 8 monochrome illustrations, 3 maps. ISBN 978-0-904180-92-3. Volume III: The Voyages of 1817, 1818 and 1820. Appendix by Fred M. Walker. 2009. pp. xlii + 245, 2 plates, 3 maps, 6 line drawings. ISBN 978-0-904180-95-4. William Scoresby (1789-1857) made his first voyage with his father in the whaler Resolution at the age of eleven. Three years later he was formally apprenticed to his father and another three years saw him promoted to chief officer. On his twenty-first birthday, his father moved to another ship, relinquishing command of the Resolution to his son. Another ten years would see the publication in 1820 of Scoresby's two-volume An Account of the Arctic Regions, with a History and Description of the Northern Whale-Fishery, described as "the foundation stone of Arctic science for their scientific records and social and religious comment as well as detailed descriptions of navigation and whaling. The second volume of this set contains the unpublished accounts of Scoresby's three voyages in the Esk in 1814-16. These journals show the dangers inherent in annual sailings to the Greenland Sea in latitudes 78° to 80° N. The dangers were not merely those of besetment and damage by the ice where the bowhead whales had to be sought, nor of the persistent fog and frequent gales characteristic of these icy seas; human error and stupidity could be equally disastrous. For high drama, the 1816 journal is outstanding. When part of the Esk's hull was torn off by ice, various methods of repair were tried without success, including a drastic attempt to invert the empty ship in the sea at the ice-edge. Scoresby's ability to return the Esk safely to England seems as incredible now as it was to the crews of the other whaling ships who had eagerly anticipated plundering an abandoned ship in the Arctic. In addition to the journals and the editor's introduction, the second volume also contains a unique "second view" of the 1814 voyage: the journal kept by a young supernumerary, Charles Steward, and an appendix by George Huxtable, FRIN, on Scoresby's navigation methods. The third and final volume in this contains Scoresby's unpublished accounts of his three voyages of 1817, 1818 and 1820. During these years Scoresby's life changed profoundly. An unsuccessful hunt in 1817 led to several changes in partners. At the end of 1818 Scoresby moved to Liverpool, where he completed the writing of An Account of the Arctic Regions and watched the construction of his new ship, the Baffin. After his first summer ashore for many years in 1819, in 1820 he brought back to Liverpool a "full ship" of seventeen whales, despite being faced by mutineers in the crew who earlier had been involved in piracy in the Caribbean and, apparently, hoped to seize the Baffin "and convey her and her valuable cargo to a foreign country." In each of the journals, Scoresby wrote detailed descriptions of his landings: on Jan Mayen in 1817, western Spitsbergen in 1818, and the Langanes peninsula in northeast Iceland in 1820. The 1817 voyage, when Scoresby and others found the Greenland Sea relatively free of ice, involved him in the renewed British interest in arctic maritime exploration after the Napoleonic Wars. The Introduction to this volume contains a major reappraisal of Scoresby's role, especially in regard to his alleged mistreatment by John Barrow, Second Secretary of the Admiralty. The volume also contains an appendix by Fred M. Walker on the building of wooden whaleships such as the Baffin that were capable of routine ice navigation under sail as far north as 80° N.

$114.00

Prince Henry the Navigator, the Hero of Portugal and of Modern Discovery 1394-1460 A.D.
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Prince Henry the Navigator, the Hero of Portugal and of Modern Discovery 1394-1460 A.D.

By C. Raymond Beazley

London: Frank Cass & Co. Hardcover. 1968 reprint of 1923 New Edition. Blue cloth over boards with gilt titles on spine with paper jacket. Near Fine book in a Near Fine jacket. Sewn binding. Spine straight and tight. Interior unmarked. Very light foxing to edges. Light shelfwear and sunning to jacket. Not from a library. No remainder mark. Not clipped: "90s net". xxviii + 336 pages.

$30.95

The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon
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The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon

By David Grann

New York: Doubleday. Hardcover. First Edition (stated) / full number line. February 24, 2009. Fine book in a Fine jacket. Spine tail bumped. Not from a library. No remainder mark. Not clipped. 352 pages. xii + 339 pages. In 1925, the legendary British explorer Percy Fawcett ventured into the Amazon jungle, in search of a fabled civilization. He never returned. Over the years countless perished trying to find evidence of his party and the place he called "The Lost City of Z." In this masterpiece of narrative nonfiction, journalist David Grann interweaves the spellbinding stories of Fawcett's quest for "Z" and his own journey into the deadly jungle, as he unravels the greatest exploration mystery of the twentieth century.

$18.95

Andalus
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Andalus

By Jason Webster

London: Doubleday. Trade Paperback. April 2004. First paperback printing /full number line. Very Good. Interior unmarked. Spine straight and tight. Light wear to cover. No tears. Not from a library. No remainder mark. 288 pages. Spain's Moorish past is evident everywhere you look. For centuries, Christians, Muslims and Jews lived in Spain side by side in peace, and it was home to some of the greatest minds in the world. After the Moors' expulsion in the seventeenth century, much of their knowledge, skill and artistry was lost. Jason Webster originally traveled to Spain to play the flamenco guitar. A qualified Arabist, he now embarks on a quest for Spain's forgotten Arab legacy, and gets embroiled with wild and original characters. He meets Zine, a young illegal immigrant from Morocco, a twenty-first century Moor, lured over with the promise of a job but exploited as a slave laborer on a fruit farm. Jason's life is threatened as he investigates the agricultural gulag, Zine rescues him, and the unlikely pair of writer and desperado take off on a roller coaster ride through Andalucía. While Jason unveils the neglected Arab ancestry of modern Spain--apparent in its food, language, people and culture--Zine sets out on his own parallel quest, a one-man peace mission to resolve Muslim-Christian tensions by proving irresistible to Spanish señoritas.

$12.95

Sir John Hawkins
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Sir John Hawkins

By Harry Kelsey

New Haven: Yale University Press. Hardcover. March 11, 2003. First Edition / full number line. Quarter-bound boards. Near Fine book in a Very Good jacket. Interior is pristine. Spine is straight and tight, ends lightly bumped. Rubbing and light edgewear to jacket. xiv + 402 pages.

$39.95

Ibn Khaldun
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Ibn Khaldun

By Yves Lascoste

London: Verso. Trade Paperback. June 1984. Near Fine. Foxing to closed edges and inside of covers. Not from a library. No remainder mark. 214 pages. Translation of Ibn Khaldoun : naissance de l'histoire, passe? du Tiers monde. This intriguing study opens with a general description of the Maghreb in the later Middle Ages, focusing primarily on mercantile trade, especially in gold, and the social and economic structures of tribal life. He unravels Khaldun's fascinating biography: born in 1332 to an aristocratic family in Tunis, he had an extraordinary diplomatic and military career in the turbulent wars and politics of Western Islam, withdrew to a desert retreat in 1375, and finally emigrated to Egypt. Lacoste then turns his attention to Ibn Khaldun's Universal History, arguably the greatest single synthesis produced by medieval thought anywhere. His account of Ibn Khaldun's thought is a remarkable, sympathetic work of recovery, not only uncovering its basic categories but exploring its contemporary relevance to an understanding of the Arab world.

$16.95

The Dangerous Summer
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The Dangerous Summer

By Ernest Hemingway

London: Collins / Grafton Books. Mass Market Paperback. July 24, 1986. Interior tanned but unmarked. Spine straight, very tight and uncreased. Edgewear. Not from a library. No tears or creases. 132 pages. In Hemingway's firsthand chronicle of a brutal season of bullfights he captures the exhausting pace and pressure of the season, the camaraderie and pride of the matadors, and the mortal drama as in fight after fight the rival matadors try to outdo each other with ever more daring performances. At the same time Hemingway offers a complex and deeply personal self-portrait.

$5.95

Travels with My Aunt (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics)
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Travels with My Aunt (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics)

By Graham Greene

London: Penguin. 1971. Trade Paperback. 26th printing. Very Good+. Interior is pristine. Spine is very tight with slight tilt. Cover is clean and bright. Mild edgewear. Not from a library. No remainder mark. 265 pages. Henry Pulling, a retired bank manager, meets his old aunt for the first time in over 50 years. She persuades him to travel with her. Through his aunt, a veteran of Europe's hotel bedrooms, Henry joins a shiftless, twilight society coming alive after a dull suburban lifetime.

$6.45

In Search of a Character: Two African Journals (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics)
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In Search of a Character: Two African Journals (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics)

By Graham Greene

Harmondsworth, England: Penguin. Trade Paperback. 1968. Near Fine. Near Fine. Lightly tanned but unmarked. Spine is straight and very tight. Small dog-ear creases on bottom corners of both covers. 106 pages. Graham Greene set two of his novels, A Burnt out Case and The Heart of the Matter in Africa. Each arose out of visits to Africa - during each of which he kept a journal. Both "Congo Journey" and "Convoy to West Africa" are printed here and provide a glimpse of the novelist responding to the raw material of his art.

$17.40

The Darkest Jungle: The True Story of the Darien Expedition and America\'s Ill-Fated Race to Connect the Seas
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The Darkest Jungle: The True Story of the Darien Expedition and America's Ill-Fated Race to Connect the Seas

By Todd Balf

New York: Crown. 2003. Hardcover. First Edition (stated) / full number line. Fine Book in a Fine jacket. Not ex-library. No remainder mark. Not clipped. No markings, no tears, no creases. Suitable for gifting.

$15.95

Angolana (Documentação sobre Angola), IV (1846)
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Angolana (Documentação sobre Angola), IV (1846)

By Eduardo dos Santos

Lisboa : Ministerio do Planeamento e da Administracao do Territorio, Secretaria de Estado da Ciencia e Tecnologia ; Instituto de Investigacao Cientifica Tropical, Centro de Estudos de Historia e Cartografia Antiga. Paperback. Very Good. Cover shows minor shelfwear. Binding is square and tight. Interior is pristine. 1048 pages. Heavy item; extra charge for Expedited, Express or International shipping.

$53.95

The Hunter, the Hammer, and Heaven
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The Hunter, the Hammer, and Heaven

By Robert Young Pelton

Guilford, Connecticut: Lyons Press/Globe Pequot Press. 2002. Hardcover. First Edition. First printing per number line. Fine book in a Very Good jacket. Interior is pristine. Spine is straight and tight. Cover is clean and bright, but shows light edgewear. Not ex-library. Not remainder. Not clipped. No tears, no creases. 316+iv pp.

$7.55

On the Mandarin Road
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On the Mandarin Road

By Roland Dorgelès, Roland Dorgeles, Gertrude Emerson Sen

Rare. New York and London: The Century Co., 1926. Hardcover. Probable first American Edition. Red pictorial cloth over boards. No dust jacket. Very good. Cover shows mild shelfwear. Binding is square. Pages and edges are foxed and lightly tanned but unmarked. 332+9 pages, 33 black & white photos. 8vo. Translated from the French by Gertrude Emerson Sen. The author travels through Vietnam and Cambodia describing the land, towns, people, culture, and folklore. An entertaining and informative historical record illustrated with excellent photographs.

$41.30

Land Below the Wind
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Land Below the Wind

By Agnes Newton Keith

Boston: Little, Brown. 1939. Hardcover. Good. Ex-Library with associated markings. Good. No Jacket. Library binding is straight and tight. Interior is clean other than library markings. No creases, folds, or tears. 371 pages.

$9.95

An Historical Account of the Circumnavigation of the Globe, and of the Progress of Discovery in the Pacific Ocean, From the Voyage of Magellan to the Death of Cook
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An Historical Account of the Circumnavigation of the Globe, and of the Progress of Discovery in the Pacific Ocean, From the Voyage of Magellan to the Death of Cook

New York: Harper & Brothers. 1854. Hardcover. Good. Ex-library (Coe College) with the usual stamps and marks. Brown leather with marbled edges. Front cover cracked. Front and rear hinges cracked. Corners bumped and worn. Edges worn. Name label from second owner on front paste-down. Tanning and foxing throughout. Text is complete and unmarked. 366 pages w/ illustrations.

$14.60

National Geographic Magazine, August 1931 (Vol. 60, No. 2)
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National Geographic Magazine, August 1931 (Vol. 60, No. 2)

By Amos Burg; W. Robert Moore; Mabel Cook Cole; Harriet Chalmers Adams

Washington, DC: National Geographic Society. August 1931. Periodical. Near Fine. Tightly bound. Interior is free of marks, tears, folds, or creases. Unobtrusive pen and pencil marks on yellow portion of cover and spine (see photo). Minor creasing to spine. Contents: Amos Burg, "On Mackenzie's Trail to the Polar Sea"; W. Robert Moore, "Along the Old Mandarin Road of Indo-China"; "Under the French Tricolor in Indo-China"; Mabel Cook Cole, "The Island of Nias, at the Edge of the World"; Harriet Chalmers Adams, "Madrid Out-of-Doors."

$16.95

National Geographic Magazine, June 1957 (Vol. 111, No. 6)
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National Geographic Magazine, June 1957 (Vol. 111, No. 6)

By George C. Marshall; Howell Walker; Norma Miller; Ardean R. Miller; Ralph Gray; W. E. Garrett; R. F. Sisson; Alan Villiers; David Attenborough

Washington, DC: National Geographic Society. June 1957. Periodical. Near Fine. Tightly bound. Interior is free of marks, tears, folds, or creases. Cover is clean and crisp. Half-inch tear at top of spine. Some creasing to spine. No map. Contents: George C. Marshall, "Our War Memorials Abroad: A Faith Kept"; Howell Walker, "Here Rest in Honored Glory"; Norma Miller and Ardean R. Miller, "Through Europe by Trailer Caravan" (Airstream trailers); The National Geographic's New Europe Map; Ralph Gray, W. E. Garrett and R. F. Sisson, "Rhododendron Time on Roan Mountain"; Alan Villiers, "The Marvelous Maldive Islands"; David Attenborough, "Animal Safari to British Guiana." Rear cover features Coca-Cola advertisement, "When You Come to Paris," illustrated by Jack Potter.

$16.95

National Geographic Magazine, October 1935 (Vol. 68, No. 4)
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National Geographic Magazine, October 1935 (Vol. 68, No. 4)

By Gilbert Grosvenor, Richard Evelyn Byrd; Joseph F. Rock; Maynard Owen Williams

Washington, DC: National Geographic Society. October 1935. Periodical. Near Fine. Tightly bound. Interior is free of marks or tears, one page dog-eared. Cover shows light shelfwear. Light creasing to spine. Contents: Richard Evelyn Byrd, "Exploring the Ice Age in Antarctica" (76 pages, 72 illustrations, 2 maps); Joseph F. Rock, "Sungmas, Living Oracles of the Tibetan Church"; "Demon-Possessed Tibetans and their Incredible Feats" (12 color photos); Maynard Owen Williams, "By Motor Trail across French Indo-China" (48 pages, 32 illustrations); "The Tricolor Rules the Rainbow in French Indo-China" (27 color photos); "The Second Stratosphere Expedition."

$34.20

Brandenburg Sources for West African History, 1680-1700
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Brandenburg Sources for West African History, 1680-1700

By Adam Jones

Wiesbaden: Franz Steiner Verlag, 1985. Trade Paperback. Hard-to-Find. First Edition. Fine. Pages slightly tanned, otherwise pristine inside and out. Xiv + 348 pp., 22p. of plates: ill., maps, facsims. This is the sequel to author's German sources for West African history, 1599-1669, published in 1983. Brandenburg-Prussia was the last European power to enter the African slave trade. In 1682 the Great Elector chartered the joint-stock Brandenburg African Company with a monopoly to trade to West Africa. By 1686 it had built a fort and two trading posts in the region of Cape Three Points on the western Gold Coast and occupied an abandoned Portuguese fort on Arguin island off the Sahara. It failed to secure a trading post of its own in the Caribbean but arranged with the Danish crown to occupy a small part of St. Thomas and sell slaves there. A large portion of the company's personnel, capital, merchandise, and ships came from the Netherlands. From about 1698 the company's representatives in Africa were left more and more to their own devices. The company abandoned the Gold Coast in 1716 and five years later Arguin was captured by the French. In this volume the author presents transcripts and translations from the Dutch or German of 91 documents relating to the Brandenburg Company, all written before 1700. The lives, hardships, prejudices, daily activities and material culture of Europeans on the Gold Coast come alive in many of the letters and reports in this collection. Competition with other Europeans is a dominant theme. Many documents focus on decisions to trade with interlopers, free-lance trading vessels, often Zeeland or English, sailing without the authority of one of the royal trading companies. The interlopers brought badly needed goods, but the principle of monopoly needed to be upheld. Brandenburg ships were sent eastward to the Slave Coast to bring slaves back to the forts to work and also took cargoes of slaves to the West Indies. The documents also provide information on local African political rivalries as various African polities tried to play Europeans off against each other and tried to find alliances and protection against their African neighbors.

$106.00

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