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The Piercebridge Formula: A Dramatic New View of Roman History by Raymond Selkirk (£88.00)Publisher: Patrick Stephens — 1983Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Signed by the Author.[ISBN: 0850596211]Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Gently faded at the spine and slightly onto the panels of the dust wrapper. Upper board slightly dust-marked. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Signed by the author on the title page — unverified and reflected as such in the lack of premium. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles; Diagrams; Maps; Tables; Illustrated endpapers and blanks;

From the cover: “Though deceptively simple, the Piercebridge Formula will revolutionise our view of Roman Britain. Its implications are destined to influence archaeologists for many years to come. For what freelance pilot turned amateur archaeologist Raymond Selkirk has discovered is that the Roman Conquest of Britain was carried out by water transport and not by road as has been commonly supposed. His theory was proved at Piercebridge, on the River Tees, where, by a combination of brilliant aerial surveys and detective work on the ground, he found the archetypal water-supplied Roman site. For some time he had strongly suspected that waterways must be the answer, for how could ox-carts have travelled on Roman roads which often climbed gradients which would daunt a modern saloon car? Also, how could the oxen have carried any load at all when they would have needed all their strength merely to pull carts laden with fodder for themselves?

At Piercebridge it became clear that where a Roman road crosses a river, there is an excellent chance of finding a Roman site. This formula was then applied to other areas… and it worked! At one time the finding of an unknown site was a rarity but Selkirk and his team of enthusiasts produced remarkable results in a very short time. Yet the full effects of the Piercebridge Formula are only just starting to be felt, for what is true of Britain must logically apply to the whole Roman Empire. The prospects for further exploration are therefore tremendous and the author goes to great lengths to enlist the aid of his readers, both at home and abroad, in following up leads which will help to uncover further remains. Suspected sites are all named with exact locations and map references so that those with sufficient enthusiasm may continue this fascinating quest. The storm which this book will cause in archaeological circles has barely started, the search has only just begun.”
Notes: Size: 9¾" x 6¾". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 217 pages. Tags: romans great britain piercebridge durham antiquities aerial photography archaeology rome army transportation roman raymond selkirk 0850596211 first editions firsts printings 1st signed books author signatures inscriptions presentation copies copy
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The Geographical Journal Vol. LVI - July to December 1920 by Edited by The Secretary (£64.00)Publisher: London: The Royal Geographical Society — 1920Binding: Hardback Condition: Good. Gently faded at the spine. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding. Royal Geographical Society presentation plate to the pastedown along with stamped "Secretary's Copy" to the blank. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned. Description: Contains: Black & white photographs; Maps; Tables; Fold-out maps;Notes: Size: 9¾" x 6". Ruled Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine & Upper Board. [VIII] 520 pages. Tags: geography exploration geology travel
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The Geographical Journal Vol. LVIII - July to December 1921 by Edited by The Secretary (£64.00)Publisher: London: The Royal Geographical Society — 1921Binding: Hardback Condition: Good. Gently faded at the spine. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding. Royal Geographical Society presentation plate to the pastedown along with stamped "Secretary's Copy" to the blank. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned. Description: Contains: Black & white photographs; Maps; Tables; Fold-out maps;Notes: Size: 9¾" x 6". 480 [8] pages. Tags: geography exploration geology travel
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The Puritan Gift: Triumph, Collapse and Revival of An American Dream by Kenneth Hopper & William Hopper (£53.00)Publisher: I. B. Tauris & Co. — 2007Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 1850434190]Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black and White Photographs;

From the cover: “Where does the Protestant work ethic come from? And how did America achieve such dominance in management for so long?

The Puritan Gift traces the origins and characteristics of an American managerial culture which, over the course of three centuries, turned a handful of small colonies into the greatest economic and political power on earth. It argues that the energy, social mobility, competitiveness and capacity for innovation, all of which lie at the heart of that culture, have their origins in the discipline and ethos of America’s first wave of European immigrants: the Puritans. Drawing lessons from their own extensive experience, the authors warn that, as America distances itself from the core values which underlay its commercial and economic success during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, it puts its own future prosperity and security at risk.

The book also explores how American managerial culture has spread throughout the world. In particular it examines the impact of the US occupation of Japan on the social and manufacturing mores of that country and explains how America’s inherited style of management interacted with Japanese traditions.

This is an original exploration of the dramatic and far-reaching consequences of the Puritans’ ‘gift’ to America — the ethos which produced the early success of America and what came to be known as the American dream.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Silver titling to the Spine. [XVI] 334 pages. Tags: puritans united states influence industrial management history moral and ethical aspects kenneth hopper william first editions firsts printings 1st
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History of America Before Columbus: According to Documents and Approved Authors Volume II: European Immigrants by Peter De Roo (£44.00)Publisher: Philadelphia & London: J. B. Lippincott Company — 1900Binding: Hardback First Edition. Condition: Very Good. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding. Roughly trimmed edges of the text block are a little tanned. Previous owners' name to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Contains: Maps [3]; Frontispiece;Notes: Size: 9" x 5¾". Ruled Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XXIII] 613 pages. Tags: roo indians antiquities origin christianity america history sources discovery exploration pre-columbian norse greenland
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Vodka on Ice: A Year with the Russians in Antarctica by Charles Swithinbank (£38.00)Publisher: The Book Guild — 2002Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 1857766466]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper otherwise a very well presented copy. Description: Contains a glossary of terms. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles; Colour Photographs;

From the cover: “No stranger to the Antarctic, Charles Swithinbank is the only Briton to have served with the Soviet Antarctic Expedition. From 1963 to 1965 he lived and worked without a break at Russian stations in the far south. The Cold War was in full swing and many of his colleagues assumed that he had been sent to spy on them. Yet gradually the barriers were broken down and he encountered many a colourful character, gaining a fascinating insight into the lives of his Soviet comrades. Several had harrowing tales to tell. One had been a dive-bomber pilot during the war. Another had steel ribs as a legacy of the battle of Stalingrad, and had lost part of a leg during the siege of Leningrad. The doctor had been severely wounded in Stalingrad before recovering to hound the German army westwards through the Baltic states. Some of the younger Russians had spent the war in Siberia, working on state farms. In the course of his stay the author visited the coldest place on Earth, drove a giant tractor, taught English, attended Communist Party meetings and did his share of the chores. He describes feasts and everyday fare, borsch and shchi and fish buns.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6½". Blue boards with Silver titling to the Spine. [IX] 165 pages. Tags: swithinbank charles relations with russians travel antarctica scientific expeditions scientists great britain biography discovery and exploration soviet first editions firsts printings 1st
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A History of Arctic Exploration: Discovery, Adventure and Endurance at the Top of the World by Juha Nurminen & Matti Lainema (£36.50)Publisher: London: Conway — 2009Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 9781844860692]Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles; Colour Plates; Maps;

From the cover: “Documenting more than 2,500 years of Arctic exploration, from the earliest seafarers of antiquity and the great naval and mercantile voyages in search of the Northwest and Northeast Passages, to the conquest of the North Pole and even beyond, this book is the definitive account of expeditions made throughout the great Northern polar expanse. For the first time, it brings together the major explorers from both East and West to present one of the most detailed and beautifully illustrated surveys of the region’s history ever published.

Drawing on many previously unseen charts, artworks and maps from major European museums, the extensive holdings of the Nurminen Foundation as well as private collections and archives, A History of Arctic Exploration reveals how this remote region was gradually explored and charted by men of supreme skill, courage and initiative, overcoming extreme conditions in almost incredible feats of endurance. Key figures such as Barents, Franklin, Nordenskiold, Peary, Nansen, Stefansson and Amundsen are discussed in depth, together with an evaluation of their achievements, showing how each contributed to our understanding of the Arctic. Many perished as the North defiantly held on to its secrets, ultimately proving that success could only be achieved by adapting to the extreme conditions, following the example of the indigenous peoples, who had successfully inhabited the North for hundreds of years.

Today, the future of the Arctic is of global concern. In recent years, climate change and sovereignty disputes over territory have highlighted this worrying reality, drawing much attention to the region. Yet the Arctic has always been an inspiring and fascinating place, as well as a source of much human drama due to its harsh landscape and demanding conditions. Arctic expeditions were motivated by many different factors, including the pursuit of trade and commerce, knowledge, international dominance, individual fame, natural resources and scientific endeavour, but they can all be characterised by the uniquely human desire to push back frontiers. Collectively the accounts of such epic journeys form an absorbing and complex historical narrative, fully presented in this insightful and deeply resonant book.”
Notes: Foreword or introduction by Lennart Meri. Size: 14" x 9¾". Brown boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 349 pages. Tags: lainema arctic regions discovery exploration history natural climate ocean appendix maritime geographical polar expeditions discoveries 9781844860692
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The Book of Exploration by Ray Howgego (£32.00)Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson — 2009Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 9781407222752]Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper very slightly rubbed at the edges. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles; Charts; Colour Photographs; Maps; Illustrated endpapers and blanks;

From the cover: “A chronological tour of the history of exploration by a prolific world traveller and one of the leading experts of our time, from the pioneering excursions of the ancient Egyptians to the first surface-based crossings of the top and bottom of the world.

Before the turn of the 19th century, ventures into uncharted lands required material or spiritual reward to justify the perils of shipwreck and hostile natives, and dangers yet unknown. Until recent times exploration for the sake of knowledge alone was rare, and mostly undertaken by intrepid traders, gold seekers and valiant Christian missionaries. In this book the author selects more than 150 of those he considers to be the most influential and unusual journeys of discovery, setting each firmly in its historical context. The book chronicles the personalities and motivations, the conditions that had to be endured, and the contribution that exploration has made to our knowledge of the world. It is replete with extraordinary personalities: the heroic adventurers who set out into the unknown, battling against the elements in order to commit their findings to journals and maps; the pioneers who risked everything in search of fabled riches; and the explorers who set out to conquer the deserts, poles and oceans of the globe.

The book is organized simply and chronologically, beautifully illustrated with contemporary maps, paintings, journal entries and other artefacts, and with entertaining asides and sometimes unorthodox interpretations based on the author’s lifetime study of the subject.”
Notes: Size: 11¾" x 10½. Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 360 pages. Tags: howgego 9781407222752 exploration historical travel pioneering explorers christian missionaries unusual journeys discovery adventurers
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Merchant Adventurers: The Voyage of Discovery That Transformed Tudor England by James Evans (£20.50)Publisher: London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson — 2103Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 9780297866886]Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Colour Photographs; Maps [1];

From the cover: “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. As James Evans’ vivid account shows, their voyage also makes for a gripping story of daring, discovery, tragedy and adventure.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [IX] 383 pages. Tags: travel company merchant adventurers england history 16th century explorers voyages travels merchants britain commerce navigation russia discovery exploration naval tudors navy maritime british europe ships shipbuilding medieval
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Swimming with Dr Johnson and Mrs Thrale: Sport, Health and Exercise in Eighteenth-Century England by Julia Allen (£20.50)Publisher: Cambridge: The Lutterworth Press — 2012Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 9780718892760]Condition: Very Good. Description: First in this, paperback, edition. Illustrated by way of: Portraits; Black & White Plates; Black & White Drawings;

From the cover: “In this well researched and highly readable exploration of the history of British sport, Julia Allen shows that our nation’s obsession with sport is no new phenomenon. Drawing extensively on contemporary writings, reports and journals, Allen introduces Dr Johnson and Mrs Thrale while exploring the medical theories upon which eighteenth-century notions about exercise were based. The role of the physician, the work of the surgeon, the social context in which exercise was held and an in-depth description of the state of sport at the time are given including the rules, specific health benefits and whether women were permitted to join in.

Casting a historian’s eye over swimming, dancing, running, boxing, riding and skating as well as providing biographies of those who took part, this book promises to keep alive the love of sport long after the buzz of the Olympics has died down.”
Notes: Size: Trade Paperback (9¼" x 6¼"). [VII] 297 pages. Tags: sports britain history 18th century exercise social cultural outdoor recreation england health fitness medical literary criticism english 9780718892760
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Charts of War: The Maps and Charts That Have Informed and Illustrated War At Sea by John Blake (£20.00)Publisher: London: Conway — 2006Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 1844860310]Condition: Very Good — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper pulled at the head of the upper panel with two small nicks toward the top corner. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated by way of: Colour Photographs; Maps;

From the cover: “Information is power, and in centuries past sea charts were guarded by both a ship’s navigator and the State, stretched on oak boards or rolled in leather cylindrical quivers, locked away. As the European nations began their territorial acquisition and contest in earnest, the information charts contained of harbour approaches, coastal landmarks and hazards, currents and tides, could give one side or another the advantage.

From the ships of small expeditionary fleets, which carried navigational charts, to the requirements of modern ships involved in combined operations, which need charts to include a whole range of information, John Blake has produced a fascinating, illustrated account of the role that charts have played in planning, preventing, conducting and recording war at sea. The selection not only includes charts depicting major battles and amphibious operations, but those drawn up for tactical and espionage purposes, for coastal defence and the positioning of forts along rivers and at the entrance to harbours.

Chapters run in chronological order, organized according to the overall political scene, but the main focus is on the development of chart making and surveying in relation to changing warfare techniques. Informative captions accompany each chart, setting them in historical context and providing illuminating details about the main protagonists and the chart makers and surveyors themselves. Taken from a range of international maritime archives, they include portolan charts of Spanish acquisitions in the New World; Francis Drake’s attack of Cadiz in 1587, known as ‘the singeing of the King of Spain’s beard’; the Dutch attack on Chatham in 1667 during the Second Anglo-Dutch War; a plan of Chesapeake Bay where British naval forces failed to relieve General Cornwallis during the American War of Independence; William Bligh’s chart of the Battle of Copenhagen in 1801; charts of the Battle of Jutland, one British, one German; and the operational chart drawn up before the D-Day landings at Omaha beach.”
Notes: Size: 12" x 11¼". Brown boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 160 pages. Tags: nautical charts history discoveries seamanship geographical discovery exploration military naval photography battles forces warfare travel road ships shipbuilding technology engineering science geography atlases maps cartography navigation maritime
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The Times Atlas of the 20th Century: The Definitive Account of Our Century by Edited by Richard Overy (£19.50)Publisher: Times — 1997Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0723007667]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper a little rubbed at the edges with heavier rubbing to the spine ends.Description: Illustrated with photographs, in colour & black and white with diagrams and maps. From the cover: “The Times Atlas of the 20th Century is a major new treatment of this century of paradox and progress. Its richly interwoven tapestry of text, maps and illustrations brings sharply into focus our century’s main themes and underlying problems. Richard Overy’s compelling and analytical text takes the world from the pomp of Europe’s colonial heyday and the cataclysm of the First World War through the Great Depression, the Second World War and the Cold War to the uncertain stumblings of the New World Order. Special attention is paid to the themes and challenges which have faced us throughout the century — the environment, health, science, leisure and technology. With over 200 full-colour maps and more than 300 photographs, the book is a visual feast and a work of substantial scholarship.”Notes: Size: 4to Royal (32 x 25cm Approx.). 239 pages. Tags: smoking-related austria-hungary democratization czechoslovakia russo-japanese reconstruction fundamentalism communications deforestation july-december modernization photochemical parliamentary confrontation mediterranean international concentration revolutionary organizations transcaucasus metropolitan super-powers unemployment affiliations bibliography tuberculosis land-holding commonwealth dam-building distribution peacekeeping dictatorship urbanization independence contributors motorization development eradication populations nationalism palestinian persecution afghanistan dissolution exploration nationalist performance consumption nazi-soviet convergence radioactive
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Amateur Astronomer's Photographic Lunar Atlas by Henry Hatfield (£19.00)Publisher: London: Lutterworth Press — 1968Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0718813537]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Price Clipped. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper with a small nick to the foot of the upper panel. Top edge of the text block slightly spotted. Text complet. E, clean and tight but the heavy art paper has become slightly tacky with some leaves showing a slight ripple in places. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Maps;Notes: Size: 11¼" x 8¾". Blue boards with Silver titling to the Spine & Upper Board. Tags: moon photographs maps amateur astronomer photographic lunar atlas remote-sensing images space solar system science astronomy surface atlases astronomical charts travel exploration earth sciences geology physics planetology
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An Introductory Guide to Scientific Visualization by R. A. Earnshaw; N. Wiseman; (£18.00)Publisher: Springer Verlag — 1992Binding: Hardback First Edition. Condition: Very Good+.Description: From the cover: “This book is intended for readers new to the field who require a quick and easy-to-read summary of what Scientific Visualization is and what it can do. Written in a popular and journalistic style with many illustrations it will enable readers to appreciate the benefits of Scientific Visualization and how current tools can be exploited in many application areas. Scientist and research workers who have never used computer graphics or other visual tools before, and who wish to find out the advantages of the new approaches, will benefit from this book.”Notes: Foreword or introduction by James H Clarke. Size: 9½" x 6¼". Pictorial boards. 156 pages. Tags: Science methodology visualization-data processing modern physics abstract visualization gravitational force cholera outbreak weather maps meteorology molecular modelling pelvic reconstruction oil exploration forest growth terminology data types hdf netcdf volume archeological computational fluid dynamics software categories graphics libraries turnkey applications subroutine precision visuals wavefront technologies sunvision sun microsystems mvx sterling federal systems dynamic spyglass lightwork design animation system 5th dimension computer simulations understand real world situations technology powerful graphical computing revolutionize scientific education exploring information user-interface image signal
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Prehistoric Northumberland by Stan Beckensall (£18.00)Publisher: Tempus — 2003Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0752425439]Condition: Very Good. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Chronological Tables; Colour Photographs; Diagrams; Maps;

From the cover: “Stan Beckensall’s exploration of the prehistoric landscape of Northumberland through field-walking, aerial photography, excavation and research has enabled him to pull together the many strands that form the fabric of this new study.

It is a selective account of the way in which the landscape has been used since hunter-gatherers roamed the wilderness, through the great changes brought about by farming, the erection of monuments, burials, settlements and defences. The study area lies largely to the north of Hadrian’s Wall, which cuts a swathe across much older sites.

Using the material evidence, Stan explains how tools, weapons, pottery and jewellery help to build up a picture of life in prehistoric Northumberland.”
Notes: Size: 9¾" x 6¾". 191 pages. Tags: antiquities prehistoric england northumberland prehistory history world sociology excavations archaeology ancient stan beckensall 0752425439
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The Frozen Waterfall by Gaye Hicyilmaz (£18.00)Publisher: Faber & Faber — 1993Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper a little rubbed at the edges.Description: From the cover: “Selda (12) leaves Turkey with her mother and sisters to join her (dominating) father in Switzerland. She is an independent who wants to learn all she can in school and out, and this, against all odds, she does. She acquires unlikely friends: a rich, elegant classmate, unhappy at home, and an illegal immigrant young boy; they become a trio. But the larger world invades even family life. A find for readers who welcome long books with living themes.’”Notes: Jacket designed by Chrisian Birmingham. 277 pages. Tags: action activity adolescent adult adventure adventurers american anglo animals authors beasts bestseller books bookshelf british brothers child childish children’s childrens christian classics culture curriculum education embracing emmigration enduring english escapade exciting exploit exploration fairy-tale family famous fantasy fiction forces forms friendships full-length historical history hunter imaginary imagination immigrant invented journey joy
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Young Men's Gold by Daniel Mark Epstein (£17.50)Publisher: The Overlook Press — 1978Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0879510714]Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper unevenly faded on both panels, sunned at the spine. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Previous owners' inscription to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: From the cover: “Young Men’s Gold is Epstein’s first book since winning the prestigious Prix de Rome. Here is a progression of sensuous love poems and dramatic lyrics culminating in the mythic narrative from which the book takes its title. In Young Men’s Gold a Civil War veteran tells the tragic story of his youthful wager with death, in a poetic voice that moves with Homeric swiftness and resonance.

Epstein has been critically noted for his formidable style, his ‘Browingesque interlocked harshness’, and his highly rhythmic, melodious verse. In a review of The Follies, published in 1977, The New Republic described the attraction of Epstein’s poems: ‘They are narratives, real stories, not the exploration of an interior reality that we have come to expect from many young poets’. The review went on to say that Epstein’s books are memorable. ‘They’re full of concrete detail, especially of place and appearance. The characters are apt to appear in your dreams, looking just the way Epstein describes them’.“
Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 60 pages. Tags: acrostic alliteration ambiguity anthologies aristotle’s assonance bard biblical canzone cinquain couplet diction doggerel drama dramatic effects elegy epic evocative fable ghazal haiku hymns incantatory irony jintishi limerick lines literary lyricist lyrics metaphor meter metonymy metrical narrative nursery ode onomatopoeia ottava pantoum patterns poems poetics poetry poets prose prosody qualities regular rhyme rhyming rima rondeau ruba’I satirical scansion sijo simile sonnet speech stanzas symbolism tanka terza traditions uses verse versifier villanelle
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Astrology for the Age of Aquarius by Jan Kurrels (£16.50)Publisher: Parkgate — 1997Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 9781855853454]Condition: Very Good - in Very Good DJ. DJ slightly ruffled along edges.Description: up-to-date introduction to astrology, from its origins in prehistory to the new discoveries of space age exploration and New Age thought. A 2,000-entry illustrated dictionary explains astronomical, astrological and mythological terms. A detailed interpretation of the zodiac shows clearly how to draw up and analyse horoscopes. Lavish illustrations include 12 specially commissioned sun sign artworks, colour computer graphics showing the workings of the zodiac, plus over 200 colour and black and white photographs and drawings.Notes: Size: 12" x 8½". 192 pages. Tags: Kurrels New Age zodiac astrology astrological mythological astronomical
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The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Space Exploration: A Comprehensive History of Space Discovery by Richard S. Lewis (£16.50)Publisher: London: Salamander Books Ltd. — 1983Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0861011813]Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper which is lightly scuffed in places. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Colour Photographs; Diagrams; Tables; Illustrated endpapers and blanks;Notes: Foreword or introduction by James M. Beggs. Size: 12" x 8¾". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 320 pages. Tags: lewis 0861011813 outer space exploration flight encyclopedias solar system astronautics history probes
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The Lost Photographs of Captain Scott: Unseen Photographs from the Legendary Antarctic Expedition by David M. Wilson (£16.50)Publisher: New York, Boston & London: Little, Brown & Company — 2011Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 9780316178501]Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper. Description: Illustrated by way of: Photographic endpapers and blanks; Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles; Maps;

From the cover: “The legend of Captain Robert Falcon Scott, symbol of fortitude and courage who perished with his fellow explorers on their return from the South Pole on March 29, 1912, is an enduring one, exalted, dismantled, and restored over the course of the past century.

Until now, the history of the ill-fated Terra Nova expedition has been pieced together from Scott’s own diaries and those of his companions, the sketches of “Uncle Bill” Wilson, and the celebrated photographs of Herbert Ponting. Yet for the final, fateful months of their journey, Scott also photographed this extraordinary scientific endeavour himself. For decades Scott’s photographs — breathtaking polar panoramas, views of geographical and geological formations, and shots of the activities of his team and their animals — have been lost and recovered, fought over, and neglected. Now, at long last, they are resurrected.

Trained by Ponting, and in the face of extreme climatic conditions and practical challenges at the dawn of photography, Scott achieved an iconic series of images remarkable for both their technical mastery and their poignancy, indelible records of the doomed journey. In this landmark book, the photographs are accurately attributed, catalogued, and published together for the first time: a new dimension to one of the last great expeditions of the Heroic Age of Arctic Exploration and a humbling testament to the men whose graves still lie unmarked in the vastness of the Great Alone.”
Notes: Size: 11¼" x 10¼". Grey boards with Blind-stamped titling to the Spine. 191 pages. Tags: photography antarctica scientific expeditions history 20th century south pole discovery exploration british portrait antarctic terra nova expedition photographs travel adventure 9780316178501
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The Oxford Dictionary of Natural History by Edited by Michael Allaby (£16.50)Publisher: Oxford University Press — 1985Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0192177206]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and top corners with commensurate ruffling to the dust wrapper. Top edges of text block lightly spotted. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: From the flap: “This dictionary lists many groups of plants and animals, but it also includes terms from ecology, statistics, earth sciences, atmospheric sciences and biochemistry that may be encountered in literature dealing with aspects of plant or animal growth, structure or behaviour. At the same time, it will be of use to those concerned with other disciplines who are unfamiliar with taxonomic terms that may occur in literature of special interest to them. The dictionary contains over 12 000 entries, written by a team of more than 25 specialists aided by consultants, and its coverage is world-wide. It will be of value to students as well as to those who derive pleasure from the wildlife around them, or even from well tended gardens, and who wish to support personal observations by reading and watching films, but need ready access to authoritative explanations of unfamiliar expressions.”Notes: Foreword or introduction by David Attenborough. Size: 9½" x 6¼". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 688 pages. Tags: palaeontology carboniferous entomologist broad-leaved nomenclature invertebrate meteorology environment brachiopods climatology naturalists exploration pleistocene entomology naturalist atmosphere coniferous conserving jean-henri ecosystems cretaceous heathlands amphibians ordovician vegetation creatures taxonomic 508/.03/2 frederick aristotle descartes sanctuary oligocene phycology alexander evolution botanist studying painting national wildlife waterton linnaeus thorburn american mountain breeding devonian reptiles johnston habitats
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The Oxford Dictionary of Natural History by Edited by Michael Allaby (£16.50)Publisher: Oxford University Press — 1985Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0192177206]Condition: Very Good - in Very Good DJ. Gently bruised at head of spine and top corners with commensurate ruffling to the DJ with a ½" closed tear to the top tip of the lower panel.Description: From the flap: “This dictionary lists many groups of plants and animals, but it also includes terms from ecology, statistics, earth sciences, atmospheric sciences and biochemistry that may be encountered in literature dealing with aspects of plant or animal growth, structure or behaviour. At the same time, it will be of use to those concerned with other disciplines who are unfamiliar with taxonomic terms that may occur in literature of special interest to them. The dictionary contains over 12 000 entries, written by a team of more than 25 specialists aided by consultants, and its coverage is world-wide. It will be of value to students as well as to those who derive pleasure from the wildlife around them, or even from well tended gardens, and who wish to support personal observations by reading and watching films, but need ready access to authoritative explanations of unfamiliar expressions.”Notes: Foreword or introduction by David Attenborough. Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 68 pages. Tags: palaeontology carboniferous entomologist broad-leaved nomenclature invertebrate meteorology environment brachiopods climatology naturalists exploration pleistocene entomology naturalist atmosphere coniferous conserving jean-henri ecosystems cretaceous heathlands amphibians ordovician vegetation creatures taxonomic 508/.03/2 frederick aristotle descartes sanctuary oligocene phycology alexander evolution botanist studying painting national wildlife waterton linnaeus thorburn american mountain breeding devonian reptiles johnston habitats
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History of World Exploration by John Keay (£16.00)Publisher: Mallard Press — 1991Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0792453255]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dustwrapper. Gently bruised at the spine ends and corners with commensurate ruffling to the dustwrapper. Previous owners inscription to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: Illustrated with black and white & colour photographs, maps and drawings. From the cover: “The history of the exploration of our world is a heroic adventure, a centuries-old quest to extend the limit of our physical horizons and to test our courage and fortitude. The stories of these explorers and their expeditions have, from ancient times, inspired and embodied the ascent of man. From Marco Polo, Columbus and Cook, Livingstone, Burton and Speke, to those intrepid polar explorers Scott and Amundsen, to Edmund Hillary who scaled the peak of Everest — all are a breed apart and all have their own remarkable stories to tell.”Notes: Size: 11½" x 8½". Cream boards with Black titling to the Spine. 322 pages. Tags: royal geographical society early exploration asia africa north america central south america oceanography antarctic exploration explorers expeditions equipment expeditionary records motives for exploration discovery migrations colonization spanish conquistadores polynesians remotest islands terrestrial explorers david livingstone zambezi cartographv great geographer eratosthenes expedition earth chinese exploration zheng venetian traveller trade luxury
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Opium by Tony Cohan (£15.50)Publisher: Granada — 1985Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 9780246127426]Condition: Very Good - in Very Good DJ. DJ slightly ruffled along edges. Bruised at head and tail. Top edges of text block tanned.Description: Opium is a story of love, power and intrigue, sweeping from San Francisco to Paris, from Hong Kong to Tangiers, from Kyoto to Boston. Opium is the Queen of Drugs, the obsession against which all others must be measured: the most dangerous substance ever to capture human minds. Whoever controls opium, it is said, controls the world… This book is both a searing examination of the politics of the international drug scene, and a psychological exploration of its roots in human desire.Notes: Size: 9½" x 6". 421 pages. Tags: Cohan drug opium barbiturates
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Private Conscience Public Morality by Brian Inglis (£14.50)Publisher: André Deutsch [Andre Deutsch] — 1964Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Good+ — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper a little rubbed at the edges, fraying at the head of the spine with a short closed tear to the foot of the lower panel. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned.Description: From the cover: “If you found a £1 note in the street, what would you do with it? Take it to the police — or keep it? Brian Inglis believes that you are more likely to keep it nowadays than you would have been thirty years ago, and that you are also more likely to fiddle your expenses, run off with your neighbour’s wife, or father a child on a teen-age girl. The evidence suggests it, and that in doing such things you would feel remarkably little guilt.

In the first part of this book Mr Inglis produces this evidence, then he begins to ask why. Are private consciences decaying, or are we saddled with moral standards and laws many of which have become so irrelevant that they are bound to be broken — a condition resulting in widespread moral uncertainty?

In the course of his exploration of this possibility, Mr Inglis invents a label: umclass. It is the umclass (upper-middle class), he contends, which shapes Great Britain’s conventional values. In a highly perceptive section on the umclass and its public school education he describes the nature of these values, how they are widely adopted outside the class in which they originate, and how often they fail to apply to modern life. He argues that they result in something resembling a system of guilds (both created by umclass, and preserving it) — that parliament, the law, business, the churches and education function far more like guilds than we choose to think; and that the private individual whose life is largely conditioned by these powers, is driven to express his sense of dislocation between himself and them by shrugging off their values.

He has written a provocative and illuminating book.”
Notes: Jacket designed by Korin Keefe. Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Brown boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 214 pages. Tags: and aspects beliefs code conference decency decent doctrine ethical ethics fair goodness honest honesty honourable ideology integrity just main morality morals principled principles probity proceedings religious right righteous truthfulness values virtue
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The World of Ice by James L. [Lindsay] Dyson (£14.00)Publisher: London: The Cresset Press — 1963Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Very Good — in Poor Dust Wrapper. Edges of the dust wrapper somewhat frayed, faded at the spine and slightly loose to the book. Top edge of the text block spotted. The pages are somewhat tanned, if tight, and a little musty. Description: Illustrated by way of: Glossary; Black & White Photographs [83]; Charts [2]; Maps [3];Notes: Size: 9½" x 6½". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XVII] 292 [XIII] pages. Tags: glaciers ice arctic ocean embrace icebergs alaska canada siberia permafrost antarctic polar exploration alpine
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Ararat by D. M. Thomas (£13.00)Publisher: Victor Gollancz — 1983Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper.Description: From the cover: “The story of a poet with a gift of improvisation, entertaining a woman between midnight and dawn. This offers a succession of pleasures and laughter. But beyond the laughter, ironies and masks is the image of the serene twin peaked mountain, Ararat, subject of the theme of all the poet's flight of invention.”Tags: improvisation contemporary nightmarish exploration historical brilliant tormented mountain pastoral fantasia british serious armenia century fiction sublime impulse writers poetic russia souls theme comic world quest magic today 19th cold the war for
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Contest for the Heavens by Claus Jensen (£13.00)Publisher: The Harvill Press — 1996Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 1860462162]Condition: Very Good. Gently rubbed at the edges of the spine and wrappers. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black and White Photographs;

From the cover: “In January 1986 the space shuttle Challenger, the latest and most sophisticated addition to a programme of space exploration refined over forty years since the development of the German V-2 rockets, blasted off from Kennedy Space Center only to explode 73 seconds into its flight. The bodies of the seven astronauts, two of them women, were later pulled up off the floor of the Atlantic. This many years into the programme, some thirty years after the Russians put a satellite into orbit, popular opinion accepted that American technological know-how had identified and mastered every key problem in putting hardware and humans into space, and riding a space shuttle was about as safe as getting on a bus. It was the Challenger disaster that prompted the big rethink. What the Presidential Commission of Inquiry discovered is that there is more to space technology than physics and mathematics: there is politics, public relations, finance, and a host of conflicting interests to reconcile. This investigation is about O-rings and tolerances, but it is chiefly about the people, the technologists, astronauts, industrialists and politicians who combined to send up the space rockets.”
Notes: Size: C Format (8½" x 5¼"). [XIV] 400 pages. Tags: translation challenger teknisk uheld outer space exploration spacecraft accidents united states national aeronautics and administration history aerospace industries social aspects astronautics flight shuttles claus jensen barbara haveland
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The Social Context of Modern English Literature by Malcolm Bradbury (£13.00)Publisher: Basil Blackwell — 1972Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0631097600]Condition: Good+. Gently faded at the spine. Lightly rubbed at the edges of the spine and wraps. Text bright and tight.Description: This book is an exploration of the forces that have shaped modem writing, affected its production, publishing and consumption, changed its structure and altered the organization of literary culture. Its author, a literary critic, writer and novelist, makes use of sociological methods and concepts while stressing that literature and social reality, as the sociologist sees them, cannot be regarded as distinct. Rather both are ways in which we structure our sense of what reality is.Notes: Size: C Format (8½" x 5¼"). 277 pages. Tags: writing literature authors sociology hardy yeats literary movements modernism society culture
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Walking Britain's Rivers and Canals by VARIOUS (£13.00)Publisher: Bartholomew — 1997Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 026167210x]Condition: Near Fine - in Near Fine DJ.Description: The rivers and canals of Britain offer the keen walker numerous opportunities for the leisurely exploration of ever-changing vistas. This book contains a classic collection of 30 waterside walks through countryside awash with colour and cities steeped in tradition. Contributing authors: Paul Atterbury; Malcolm Boyes; Julian Holland; Sue Gordon; Helen Livingston; Les Lumsden; Roger Smith; Nia Williams Illustrated with colour photographs. 191pp. Maps. Size: 4to Medium (11½" x 9" approx.) Introduction / preface by David Bellamy.Tags: trans-pennine conservation huddersfield description spectacular derbyshire waterfalls riversides navigation industrial meandering yorkshire navigable waterways england’s shipyards factories landscape fisherman reed-beds dovedale cuckmere vertical skelwith district man-made streams angling centres connect canal’s valleys england network longest estuary derwent ripples brathay okement english rambles bridges helford severn mersey narrow rivers travel tunnel unique
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World Religions And Beliefs by Ellen Fleming; Brigid O'Hara; (£13.00)Publisher: Gill & Macmillan — 1995Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 9780717123179]Condition: Good. A slightly dog-eared copy.Description: First in this edition. Illustrated with line drawings. An exploration of difterent religious taiths, including Christianity, in an accessible form for students. Written for transition year and senior cyde students. Deals with Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism and new religious movements. Indudes an inter-religious prayer service and an interdenominational Christian service.Notes: Size: Other / Oversized Paperback. 166 pages. Tags: Judaism, Christianity Islam. Buddhism. Hinduism
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A Golden Adventure: The First 50 Years of Ultramar by Paul Atterbury; Julia MacKenzie; (£12.50)Publisher: Hurtwood Press — 1985Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0903696355]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper a little rubbed at the edges, more heavily so at the spine ends and corners, and slightly tanned. Boards slightly faded at the top edges. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: Maps to the endpapers. Illustrated with photographs, in colour & black and white. From the cover: “Ultramar was formed in London in 1935 and 1985 is its golden anniversary. This book is the story of the Company — its Golden Adventure. From a small exploration company in Venezuela, it has grown into an integrated oil company operating on five continents.

Oil had been discovered by Ultramar in the hitherto unexplored llanos of central Venezuela just prior to the Second World War, but the outbreak of hostilities in 1939 cut off the availability of funds, equipment and expertise from Europe. Exploration and development came to a halt and the future looked bleak, but Ultramar, always resourceful, found an American partner and went on to develop the Mercedes field.

In the late 1950s, when all the teething problems had finally been resolved and the debts repaid, crude oil prices in the world plunged and Ultramar had to face the reality that there was more to the oil business than finding and producing oil and gas. A critical decision had to be made and typically Ultramar took a bold step. It decided to build and acquire refining, marketing and shipping facilities and become a fully integrated oil company. By the mid 1960s, this had become reality and it is the basic pattern which remains today.

Ultramar quite early foresaw the eventual nationalisation of Venezuelan oil and the consequent loss of its prime source of income. Through the 1960s and early 1970s, the Company gradually expanded its exploration and production activities into Canada, the U. K. , the U. S. and Indonesia. When the Venezuelan income was lost in 1975, Ultramar was able to take it in its stride. In fact, in the last two decades, Ultramar’s profits have risen steadily, and in 1984 attained a pre-tax profit of £285 million and an after-tax profit of £127 million.

The story of Ultramar is largely that of the men and women whose initiative, ambition and determination have made the Company a success..”
Notes: Size: 11" x 8". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 287 pages. Tags: britain business enterprises firm great history industries industry international oil petroleum plc studies trade ultramar 0903696355 9780903696357 and exploration company limited companies histories production gas paul atterbury julia mackenzie
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Life Style: Your Surroundings and How They Affect You by Edited by Peter Marsh (£12.50)Publisher: Sidgwick & Jackson — 1990Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0283999535]Condition: Good+ — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Some rippling to the pages caused possibly caused by moisture.Description: Illustrated with colour photographs. From the cover: “An exploration of a subject which concerns us all: our immediate environment. Looking at how and why we arrange our daily lives as we do, the author examines our homes, inside and out; our gardens and neighbourhoods; our places of work and reaction; our cars. He asks why we plan and decorate our homes in the way that we do; why we choose certain colours, patterns, sounds and smells and not others; why some people prefer a noisy, crowded urban environment over an isolated country setting. From showing what our surroundings say about us — how they reflect our personalities, self-image, status and ambitions — the author moves on to examine how our surroundings affect us. How should we cope with the stresses of city life or with the changing patterns of country living? How is our behaviour affected by the changing face of the high street and the new shopping centres? Does environment influence why and where people commit crimes. Then there is the question of what we ourselves are doing to the environment. The destruction of the ozone layer, of rain forests; the growth in toxic water — all are twentieth century phenomena which are having and will continue to have serious global consequences on health, climate and communities.”Notes: 256 pages. Tags: aspects beings effect environment environmental general humans perception physical psychological psychology sciences social the
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Louther Hall by Patricia Miles (£12.50)Publisher: Hamish Hamilton — 1984Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0241105951]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper a little rubbed at the edges. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: From the cover: “Charlotte, arriving as a sort of au pair to help Mrs. Mordaunt with her grandchildren, was amazed and delighted by the size of the house. She had expected a large house but not a castle, complete with moat. But that was only the first surprise. Nothing at Louther Hall was quite as Charlotte expected it to be, and afterwards she was never sure how much she had imagined and how much had really happened. The body was real enough, of course, but who could say for certain how it came to be there?”Notes: Jacket designed by John Gosler. Size: 8¾" x 5½". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 144 pages. Tags: activity adolescent adult adventure adventurers american anglo animals authors beasts bestseller bookshelf brothers child childish children’s childrens christian classics curriculum education enduring escapade exploit exploration fairy-tale family fantasy fiction forces full-length historical hunter imaginary imagination invented journey joy junior juvenile kid kingdom legend literary literature made-up magic magical make-believe minor mystical narrative novels places plays pleasure pre-school pretend quality readers reading realism stories storyline syllabus tale talking teen teenagers toddler voyage works writing younger youngsters youth youthful
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Luca Antara: Passages in Search of Australia by Martin Edmond (£12.50)Publisher: Harpenden: Oldcastle Books — 2008Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 9781842432723]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper very slightly rubbed at the edges. Description: First British Edition. [First Published: Australia: East Street Publications; 2002] Illustrated by way of: Maps to the endpapers and blanks;Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 272 pages. Tags: martin nova antonio new zealanders australia history oceania sydney n.s.w. discovery exploration portuguese
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Ninety Degrees North — The Quest for the North Pole by Fergus Fleming (£12.50)Publisher: Granta — 2001Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 1862074496]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper.Description: Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “What was the North Pole? Was it an open sea, a volcano or the Garden of Eden? Was it a portal to new worlds within the globe or an undiscovered continent containing a race of alien beings? Or was it simply a wilderness of ice? In the mid-nineteenth century, the world decided it was time to find out.

America led the field. Commanders such as Kane, Hayes and Hall, battled sickness, shipwreck and starvation to reach the top of the world. So terrible was one voyage that the crew poisoned their captain rather than, continue north — only to become marooned on a drifting floe for nine months. Other nations followed: Germany, newly united and eager for its place in the ice; Austria-Hungary, decrepit but still capable of discovery; and Britain, whose sledgers reached a farthest north in 1876 before being driven back by scurvy.

Where governments failed, individuals took up the challenge. Norwegian skiers, Swedish balloonists, Italian aristocrats, tweedy British amateurs and global press barons, tried and failed in heroic succession. Finally came Robert Peary, a grim obsessive who claimed to have reached the Pole in 1909 — but who almost certainly did not. It was a joint Italian-Norwegian team, led by Roald Amundsen, who first saw the North Pole (from a zeppelin) in 1926 and, twenty-two years later, a party of Cold War Russians who first set foot on it.

Drawing on unpublished archives and long-forgotten journals, Fleming tells the story of the North Pole with consummate craftsmanship and wit. Ninety Degrees North is a riveting saga of humankind’s search for the ultimate goal.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Blue boards with Silver titling to the Spine. [XXI] 470 pages. Tags: arctic arctique découverte discoveries discovery expeditions explorateurs exploration explorers geographical histoire history nord north polar pole pôle regions scientific world
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Sir Edmund Hillary and the People of Everest by Cynthia Russ Ramsay (£12.50)Publisher: Kansas City: Andrews McMeel Publishing — 2002Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0740729500]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper which is lightly pulled at the head of the upper panel. Previous owners' inscription to the first blank alongside a date. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated by way of: Colour Photographs;

From the cover: “At 11:30 A. M. on May 29, 1953, Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay congratulated themselves with a handshake and then a hearty embrace. At 29,035 feet above sea level, they were standing on top of the world. They were the first men to summit Mount Everest.

The story of their perilous ascent — including even Hillary’s final exhortation to himself, “Ed, my boy, this is Everest; you’ve got to push it a bit harder!” — is vividly recounted here, in both words and photographs. But unlike other accounts, Sir Edmund Hillary & The People of Everest takes the conquest of the mountain as the beginning of the story, not its culmination.

For the thirty-three-year-old Hillary, climbing Mount Everest was indeed the beginning — the beginning of a lifelong relationship with the indigenous people whose courage, skill, and generosity of spirit made Himalayan exploration possible: the Sherpas.

Using intimate photographs and personal interviews, photographer Anne B. Keiser and writer Cynthia Russ Ramsay first re-create the Sherpa world as it was before the “trekkers” arrived — a tough, hand-fashioned existence under the ice-covered roof of the world, isolated from the technological advances that the twentieth century had brought to the West.

Once he came to know these generous and kindly people — and to acknowledge the huge debt he and other Himalayan explorers owed them — Hillary took on the delicate job of improving their lives without destroying their culture. Using a strictly grassroots approach, “doing only what the Sherpas wanted us to do”, Hillary brought them schools and hospitals. Ultimately, through the work of disciples like Mingma Norbu Sherpa, director of the Himalayan Division of the World Wildlife Fund, Hillary has helped the Sherpas find a way to preserve their fragile world without being subjugated to it. For Keiser and Ramsay, this Edmund Hillary — battling almost single-handedly on behalf of his beloved Sherpas — is the hero of Everest.”
Notes: Illustrated by Anne B. Keiser (Photos.). Foreword or introduction by HRH Prince Philip. Size: 12¼" x 9½". Navy Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 174 pages. Tags: 0740729500 9780740729508 hillary nepalese social life customs mount everest expedition mountaineering nepal china climbing asian middle eastern history himalayas photography sports
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The Lost Ships of Guadalcanal: Exploring the Ghost Fleet of the South Pacific by Robert D. Ballard with Rick Archbold (£12.50)Publisher: New York: Warner Books — 1993Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0446516368]Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper, more heavily to the top corners which are near frayed, which is sunned at the spine. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Colour Photographs; Maps;

From the cover: “IRON BOTTOM SOUND… IT GETS ITS NAME FROM ALL the ships that sank there. From August to November of 1942 the tropical waters off the small island of Guadalcanal were the scene of some of the fiercest sea battles of World War II. Fifty years later, Robert Ballard, the man who discovered the Titanic and the Bismarck, took his exploration team to Guadalcanal. Their goal was not one ship but an entire naval battlefield. On board were some of the men who had served on those ships that now lay beneath Iron Bottom Sound. The memories of these survivors help tell a powerful, poignant story of men and ships and war.

The Lost Ships of Guadalcanal re-creates the whole story of the campaign that changed the course of the Pacific war. For all the fame of its air and land battles, Guadalcanal is also a compelling story of sailors and warships. In fact, more Americans died in Guadalcanal waters than on land. The terror and confusion of night naval action is conveyed here in gripping chapters that describe first the bitter American defeat in the Battle of Savo Island and then the struggle to eventual victory in the climactic Naval Battle of Guadalcanal. We then descend in Ballard’s submarine to view scenes of American, Australian, and Japanese ships lying together on the ocean floor, their guns still eerily pointing at each other.

With over 300 illustrations, this book has all the pictorial richness that helped make bestsellers of Robert Ballard’s two previous books, The Discovery of the Titanic and The Discovery of the Bismarck. Haunting pictures of the wrecks are paired with photographs of the ships in their prime; a spectacular full-page foldout reveals the USS Quincy and the Canberra, painted in accurate detail by maritime artist Ken Marschall. Full-colour maps and diagrams plus a host of paintings and present-day photographs help to both re-create this extraordinary chapter in the history of the Pacific war and convey the excitement of modern underwater exploration.”
Notes: Size: 11¼" x 8¾". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine & Upper Board. 227 pages. Tags: underwater archaeology solomon islands guadalcanal island shipwrecks marine naval engineering ships operations actions pacific ocean second war salvage battle historic sites
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Walking in Britain by HILLABY John (£12.50)Publisher: Collins — 1988Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0004122720]Condition: Very Good - in Very Good DJ. DJ slightly ruffled at the edges.Description: Illustrated with B&W and Colour photographs. From the cover: “Walking in Britain is both an inspiring and comprehensive guide to the great walks and finest walking country of Britain. The book is edited by John Hillaby, the country’s best known literary pedestrian, and he has assembled a collection of friends and fellow walkers, each of whom writes with enthusiasm, knowledge and a touch of humour about his or her own favourite walks. The book is beautifully illustrated with over 150 colour photographs and watercolours. The whole of Britain is covered, with many different types of walk — coastal and riverside paths, ancient tracks, newly-created long distance footpaths, walks through Peak District bogs, over Welsh and Scottish hills and mountains, and ambles through some of Britain’s most picturesque countryside.”Notes: Illustrated by David Bellamy. Size: 10¾" x 8". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 256 pages. Tags: walking 796.5’0’941 thames path ridgeway path dartmoor south-west peninsula path south wales pembrokeshire coast path offa’s dyke path cotswold pennine way dales lakeland walking west highland way cape wrath fort william forests estuaries exploration walks travel book western highlands coastal riverside paths ancient tracks long distance footpaths peak district welsh scottish hills mountains lincolnshire wolds landscapes
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Citizen Explorer: The Life of Zebulon Pike by Jared Orsi (£12.00)Publisher: Oxford & New York: Oxford University Press — 2014Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 9780199768721]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Description: Illustrated by way of: Portraits; Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles; Maps;Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". White boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XII] 379 pages. Tags: pike zebulon montgomery explorers west discovery exploration history united states territorial expansion 19th century historical political military american usa adventurers
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Child Care And Health for Nursery Nurses by Jean Brain; Molly D. Martin; (£11.50)Publisher: Nelson Thornes — 1991Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 9781871402131]Condition: Very Good. Lightly rubbed at the tips of the wraps.Description: 3rd Edition. Covers subjects such as: The Baby and the Family; Common Infectious Diseases and the Sick Child; Growth and Physical Development; Cognitive Development; Social and Emotional Development; Children with Special Needs; Children under Stress; The Government and the Welfare State;Notes: Size: 9½" x 7¾". 282 pages. Tags: absences abuse accidents aches activities additives administer aids ailments allegations allergies anaphylactic annual antiseptics anxiety appendicitis appetite application appraisal approach assertiveness assessing assessment assignments assistant associative assumptions asthma attachment attendance authority autism babies basics basket bathtime behaviour behavioural benefits bleach blocks bodies bonding boredom bottle breast-feeding bricks bullying burns businesses cap
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Earth: Inside and out by Edmond A. Mathez (£11.50)Publisher: The New Press — 2001Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 1565845951]Condition: Very Good. Lightly rubbed at the tips of the wraps. Leans slightly. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: First in this, paperback, edition. From the cover: “This book is an exploration of how our planet works, the research into the diverse environments that support life on Earth, and the possibility of life beyond it, with essays by experts, profiles of historically significant scientists, and case studies about present-day researchers. Published to accompany the American Museum of Natural History’s David S. and Ruth L. Gottesman Hall of Planet Earth, which is called Spectacular…”Notes: Size: 9¼" x 7½". 237 pages. Tags: ultra-high-pressure paleoseismology experimentalist stromatolite conversation forecasting malavieille earthquakes discoverers continental earthquake generation harnessing continents chronology scientists atmosphere retrieving convection tomography discoverer structure surprises evolution northwest mechanics spreading volcanoes tectonics hotspots magnetic seafloor material averting mountain geology seismic pacific lehmann founder mapping mystery erosion evolved rainier earth’s jacques hazards arthur global holmes mantle modern theory hutton dating origin hawaii oldest sahara action desert ranges zircon window canyon earth using inner grand rocks harry plate james drift field life read with hess moon core from deep inge has the mt. and how one
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In Search of Myths and Heroes by Michael Wood (£11.50)Publisher: British Broadcasting Corporation [B.B.C./BBC] — 2005Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0563521872]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper pulled at the foot of the upper panel with a short closed tear. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Colour Photographs;

From the cover: “In this entrancing new book, historian Michael Wood journeys to some of the remotest places on earth in search of four of our most powerful myths: Shangri-La, Jason and the Golden Fleece, the Queen of Sheba and King Arthur. His adventures take him from the fantastic landscapes of Tibet and the mountains of Georgia to the coasts of Ethiopia and Yemen. Michael asks why these famous legends still captivate us as he goes in search not just of the historical past and literal truth but also the mythic past.

In the first of these journeys, Michael investigates the legend of the hidden valley of Shangri-La -a place where the ancient wisdom of humanity is preserved for future ages — immortalized in James Milton’s novel and Frank Copra’s Hollywood movie.

The Greek legend of Jason’s search for the Golden Fleece is the ultimate quest, older even than Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey — but was there really an expedition beyond the limits of the known world back in the mists of prehistory, before the Trojan War?

Travelling from Jerusalem to the Horn of Africa, Michael uncovers the legends of the Queen of Sheba, King Solomon and the Ark of the Covenant, stories found in the Jewish and Christian Bible, the Ethiopian Book of Kings and the Muslim Koran.

Finally, Michael travels through the Celtic countries of the British Isles in search of the tales of King Arthur, the Knights of the Round Table and the Holy Grail. Where do these stories come from? And why are we still fascinated by the once and future king?

Illustrated with a wonderful series of specially commissioned photographs by the Himalayan photographer and mountaineer Steve Razzetti, In Search of Myths and Heroes is at once a book of great journeys, a historical adventure and an exploration of some of humanity’s most enduring myths.”
Notes: Jacket designed by Pene Parker. Size: 10" x 7¾". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 270 pages. Tags: wood michael 1948- travel geographical myths legends folklore and history 0563521872 first editions firsts printings 1st
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Karluk by William Laird Mckinley (£11.50)Publisher: Book Club Associates — 1976Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. Condition: Very Good - in Very Good DJ. DJ slightly ruffled at the edges, slightly faded.Description: This book tells for the first time the full story of the Karluk, the leading ship of Stefansson’s Arctic Expedition of 1913-18, which was crushed and sunk in ice almost before the expedition had properly begun. The ship’s crew of twenty-five people were left stranded on the Arctic ice while their leader continued his northern exploration, not returning for five years. In the circumstances the results were inevitably tragic. Eight men died moving across the heaving ice-floes, one man shot himself, two died of malnutrition and the rest barely managed to keep alive until rescue came. The account of their ordeal is a deeply moving tribute to human courage and endurance and, above all, to man’s overpowering will to live. The book is illustrated with a selection of extraordinary photographs taken at the time, most of which have never been seen before.Notes: Jacket designed by Behram Kapadia. Size: 10" x 7". 170 pages. Tags: arctic stefansson survival exploration scott
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On the Ropes: Boxing as a Way of Life by Geoffrey Beattie (£11.50)Publisher: Victor Gollancz — 1996Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 057506224X]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper a little rubbed at the edges. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding.Description: Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “Geoffrey Beattie spent two years training and hanging out with the boxers in Brendan Ingle’s famous Sheffield gym, where Bomber Graham, the ‘nearly man’ of British boxing, used to spar and Johnny ‘The Entertainer’ Nelson trained for his world cruiserweight title — the world title few recognized. Naseem Hamed, the new world featherweight champion who has the boxing world at his feet, has been one of Ingle’s boys since he was seven years old. On the Ropes is the graphic story of Seattle’s own experiences in the gym and the hopes, dreams and lifestyles of the men he got to know there, from the great Prince Naseem down to the young lads wandering in off the street and the hard men with nowhere to go. He watches the boxers training and sparring, listens as they tell him of their aspirations, and observes their special camaraderie. And he follows them at play in nightclubs and bars, and in their enjoyment of brutal, illicit sports like dog-fighting and bare-knuckle fighting. By turns funny, touching and shocking, On the Ropes is a unique insider’s account of survival within the boxing ring and the gritty, macho culture that surrounds it.”Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 277 pages. Tags: account and arts author's based beattie bomber book boxers boxing brendan club england experiences exploration famous fighters focusing geoffrey graham gym hamed has hopes ingle's lifestyles martial naseem own prince produced provides recreation self-defense sheffield south sports such the thomas which world yorkshire
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Pete Of Ice Bay by Illingworth Frank (£11.50)Publisher: Werner Laurie — 1949Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with pulling at the head of the upper panel and fraying at the spine ends. Price Clipped. Edges of the textblock heavily spotted. Previous owners' inscription to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: From the cover: “A vigorous, stirring yarn of a hunting trip in vast frozen ice-floes and howling blizzards. There are dangers too — encounters with bears, crashing ice-falls and the treacherous thieving Eskimo Inoquet. Boys who love adventure must not miss the gripping experience of following Pete on his journey into the Arctic.”Notes: Size: 8" x 5¼". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 215 pages. Tags: make-believe exploration full-length imagination adventurers curriculum children's bestseller adolescent pre-school children’s literature historical youngsters fairy-tale education narrative bookshelf imaginary christian adventure storyline teenagers youngster childrens language childish youthful brothers exciting mystical pleasure enduring children national syllabus classics juvenile invented escapade activity literary american reading fiction readers written history younger exploit realism magical science kingdom english stories toddler writing pretend fantasy journey authors talking classic quality made-up british animals person places modern family action novels famous forces people beasts hunter junior legend voyage period anglo works plays magic adult young short youth books minor story child teen tale kid joy
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South by Sir Ernest Shackleton (£11.50)Publisher: Birlinn — 2001Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 1841581186]Condition: Near Fine. Previous owners inscription to ½-title page.Description: This was a journey that began in August 1914 with high hopes of a first in exploration and ended two years later in a desperate struggle for survival, after the expedition’s ship, the Endurance, was first trapped in sea-ice, then crushed. Shackleton, with a handful of this party, braved the fury of the South Atlantic as they made their desperate 800-milejourney from Elephant Island to South Georgia aboard the James Caird. This small boat –just over 20 ft long – was pitted against the fury of the southern ocean. The survival of the entire expedition was hinged on this last gamble… Illustrated with B&W photographs.Notes: Size: Trade Paperback (9¼" x 6"). 277 pages. Tags: Weddell Sea South Georgia Mcmurdo Sound Patience Camp Endurance Aurora’s Drift Ross Sea Party Elephant Island arctic south pole
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Special Relations by Tim Sebastian (£11.50)Publisher: Orion — 1994Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Very Good - in Fine DJ. DJ wrapped in protective wrapping, hence fine, but all round a very nice copyDescription: Two people who were lovers at univeristy meet up again as leaders of their countries. This is a love story at the highest political altitudes, a compelling exploration of the complex ties between power and desire. 308pp. Size: 8vo Medium (8" x 5½" approx.)
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The Anatomy of Captivity by John Laffin (£11.50)Publisher: Abelard-Schuman — 1968Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0200715283]Condition: Very Good - in Very Good DJ. Unlaminated DJ a little edgeworn and faded with the price clipped. Pages very gently age-tanned.Description: From the cover: “Political prisoners are the victims of man’s most vicious inhumanity to his own kind. The Phenomenon is by no means new — yet in modern society political captivity has assumed vaster and more terrifying proportions than Ever before. The Anatomy of Captivity presents a much-needed exploration of the underlying reasons for political imprisonment, and of the various ways it is put into practice. The behaviour of the captors, and of the authority they represent, is considered and analysed.”Notes: Jacket designed by Harry Green. Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Purple boards with Red titling to the Spine. 208 pages. Tags: survival under brutally inhuman treatment political captivity human social behaviour arrest interrogation confession punishment ordeals trenck nolan orsini dreyfus prisoner “a.d.” religion consolations poems french journalist-intellectual bolivian prison bolivian guerrilla war firing squad tortured president castelo branco paraguay incarcerated without trial president stoessner julij danielj forced labour political crime punishments military tribunals secret political gaols greek military coup confession rate political subversion political offender spain special public order courts severe penalties basque nationalists prohibited literature jose vitoriano subversive propaganda plotting against the state
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The Challengers by Ingrid Cranfield (£11.50)Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson — 1976Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0297772392]Condition: Good+ - in Good+ DJ. DJ slightly ruffled at the edges, slightly loose and wrinkled, lightly stained on the reverse. Price Clipped. faint damp marks to the front pastedown and first blank. Text bright and tight.Description: Illustrated with B&W photographs. British and Commonwealth Adventure Since 1945. From the cover: “The three decades since the Second World War have witnessed many outstanding triumphs by British and Commonwealth adventurers. The era includes the conquest of Everest, Sheila Scott’s flight over the North Pole, Sir Francis Chichester’s solo navigation of the world, and a host of lesser publicised feats in many different fields. Ingrid Cranfield’s lucid and comprehensive book surveys the events that have taken place in areas as diverse as potholing and Arctic exploration, canoeing and gliding, mountaineering and skiing.”Notes: Foreword or introduction by Lord Hunt. Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 298 pages. Tags: peter scott john blashford-snell disappointment pot falcon-barker jon pertwee eric shipton sir edmund hillary lord hunt david lewis john fairfax sylvia cook major tilman mischief marie-christine ridgway john hillaby joint services west east sahara expedition roger tufft myrtle simpson bill wallace arctic snocat crevasse kenneth wallis west wind sheila scott arctic exploration canoeing gliding mountaineering skiing tragedies adventurer british adventure adventurers explorers fuchs chris bonington everest discovery navigator aviator karakoram tensing yuri gagarin astronauts mountain precipice adventurous spirit
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