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Passage to Torres Strait: Four Centuries in the Wake of Great Navigators, Mutineers, Castaways and Beachcombers
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Passage to Torres Strait: Four Centuries in the Wake of Great Navigators, Mutineers, Castaways and Beachcombers

By Miles Hordern

John Murray, Great Britain, 2005. Trade Paperback. Good Condition. In his early twenties Miles Hordern first crossed the oceans from Northern to Southern Hemisphere, but one final leg of his round the world journey eluded him for twelve more years: the stretch between New Zealand and the Indian Ocean, guarded by the Torres Strait. Once thought to be mythical, so difficult was it to find and pass, the first authenticated passage took place in 1606; in 1768 it was charted by Captain Cook. In that age of sail, most sailors who attempted a passage through it still either drowned on the treacherous reefs or starved in open boats. But Hordern's 28-foot sloop took him more than 4000 nautical miles via the islands of Melanesia, the Coral Sea and the Great Barrier Reef to Australia. His cabin library included tales of individual, lingering histories that he wanted to trace for himself between the lines of the great chronicles. For it was the beachcomber -- the sailor who jumped ship, mutinied or was shipwrecked, and stayed - who had an even more enduring impact on island life. 290 pages. Illustrated with colour photographs. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: 1-2 kilos. Category: Exploration; Exploration; Maritime. ISBN: 0719564964. ISBN/EAN: 9780719564963. Inventory No: 248839.. 9780719564963

$14.04

Mawson and the Ice Men of the Heroic Age: Scott; Shackleton and Amundsen
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Mawson and the Ice Men of the Heroic Age: Scott; Shackleton and Amundsen

By Peter Fitzsimons

William Heinemann, Australia, 2011. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good Condition/Very Good. History comes to life with Peter FitzSimons in the story of Australia s most famous polar explorer and the giants from the heroic age of polar exploration- Scott, Amundsen and Shackleton. Sir Douglas Mawson, born in 1882 and knighted in 1914, remains Australia's greatest Antarctic explorer. On 2 December 1911, his Australasian Antarctic Expedition left Hobart to explore the virgin frozen coastline below Australia, 2000 miles of which had never felt the tread of a human foot. He was on his way to fulfil a national dream he had first conceived three years earlier, while on his first trip to the frozen continent on the Nimrod expedition under the leadership of the charismatic Anglo-Irishman Sir Ernest Shackleton. Even as Mawson and his men were approaching Antarctica, two other famous Antarctic explorers were already engaged in nothing less than a race to become the first men to reach the South Pole. While Roald Amundsen of Norway, with his small team, was racing with dogs along one route, England's legendary Scott of the Antarctic, with his far larger team, was relying primarily on ponies and 'man-hauling' to get there along another 737 pages. Light tanning to pages. Illustrated. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: 2-3 kilos. Category: Exploration; Exploration; ISBN/EAN: 9781741666601. Inventory No: 248508.. 9781741666601 This book is extra heavy, and may involve extra shipping charges to some countries.

$21.07

The Great Explorers
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The Great Explorers

By Robin Hanbury-Tenison

Thames & Hudson, Great Britain, 2010. Softcover. Near Fine Condition. What inspires explorers to push back the boundaries of the known world? Why do they risk their lives in unforgiving conditions far from home? How do they survive at the limits of human endurance? Who are the great pioneers of land, sea and space? Where next? This book charts the great expeditions of forty of the world's most intrepid explorers, from da Gama to Gagarin. Gertrude Bell plotted the desert sands, politics and poetry of Arabia; Francis Garnier was driven almost insane on the banks of the Mekong; Edward Wilson twice tried to reach the South Pole with Scott; Nain Singh mapped the vast spaces of Tibet, counting every step. Written by a host of distinguished travel writers, broadcasters and historians, here are journeys to savour from every corner of the earth - and beyond. 256 pages. Illustrated. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilogram. Category: History; Exploration; Exploration. ISBN/EAN: 9780500293836. Inventory No: 247939.. 9780500293836

$9.83

Gino Watkins
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Gino Watkins

By J. M. Scott

Hodder & Stoughton, Great Britain, 1937. Fourth Edition. Hardcover. Good Condition/Fair. 352 pages. Foxing to endpapers and page edges. Dust jacket has rubbing, chips and tears to edges. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: 1-2 kilos. Category: Biography; Biography & Autobiography; Exploration. Inventory No: 241282..

$14.04

New Europe
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New Europe

By Michael Palin

BBC, London, 2007. Hardcover. Very Good Condition/Very Good. No. 1 bestseller and superstar doing what he does best, introducing millions of avid readers to little-known peoples and places.Until the early 1990s, when the Berlin Wall came tumbling down, travelling behind the iron curtain was never easy. In undertaking his new journey through Eastern Europe, breathing in its rich history, and exquisite sights and talking to its diverse peoples, Michael fills what has been a void in his own experience and that of very many others. NEW EUROPE is very much a voyage of discovery, from the snows of the Julian Alps to the beauty of the Baltic sea, he finds himself in countries he'd barely heard of, many unfamiliar and mysterious, all with tragic histories and much brighter futures.During his 20-country adventure Palin meets Romanian lumberjacks, drives the 8.58 stopping train from Poznan to Wolsztyn, treads the catwalk at a Budapest fashion show, learns about mine-clearing in Bosnia and watches Turkish gents wrestling in olive oil. As with all his bestselling books, in his uniquely entertaining style, Palin opens up a new and undiscovered world to millions of readers. Illustrated with colour photographs. TV Tie-In. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: 1-2 kilos. Category: Exploration; Exploration; ISBN/EAN: 9780297844495. Inventory No: 234118.. 9780297844495

$14.04

High Adventure
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High Adventure

By Edmund Hilary

Readers Book Club, London. Hardcover. Good Condition/No Dust Jacket. Illustrator: A. Spark [Maps] George Djurkouic [Sketches]. Everest: forbidding, exhilarating, unconquerable. All courageous attempts by man to reach its summit by heading up the northern side from Tibet had failed. The southern approach through Nepal had never before been climbed, due to its impossibly steep ice-covered slopes and the country's policies. But in 1951 Edmund Hillary joined an expedition to find a new route up Everest from the south, which led to a new chapter in mountaineering history. The climbers' determination, endurance and battle against the elements culminated with their famous climb in 1953 as they finally reached the summit of this formidable mountain. This is Hillary's own account of the treacherous and breathtaking journeys. 256 pages. Illustrator: A. Spark [Maps] George Djurkouic [Sketches]. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: 1-2 kilos. Category: Exploration; Exploration; Inventory No: 230284..

$8.43

Fragile Eden : Ride Through New Zealand
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Fragile Eden : Ride Through New Zealand

By Robin Hanbury Tenison

Arrow Books, London, England, 1990. Reprint. Softcover. Good Condition/No Dust Jacket. A ride through new Zealand. B/W photos. Foxing to the outer edges. Illustrated with colour and black and white photographs. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 500 grams. Category: Exploration; Exploration; ISBN: 0099727005. ISBN/EAN: 9780099727002. Inventory No: s14036.. 9780099727002

$5.27