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The Oxford Companion to World Exploration by Edited by David Buisseret (£62.00)Publisher: Oxford University Press — 2007Binding: Hardback First Edition. [ISBN: 9780195149227]Condition: Good. Slight scuffing to the boards with a mark to the lower board of volume II and sunning to the foot of both volume's upper boards. A pleasant enough set overall. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles; Colour Photographs; Maps;Notes: Size: 11¼" x 8¾". Pictorial boards. [XXI/VII] 478/501 pages. Tags: buisseret 9780195149227 explorers voyages travels travellers biography encyclopedias world islands discoveries geography
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James King R.N.: Captain Cook Is Killed But The Third Voyage Of Discovery Goes On by John Bolton King (£58.50)Publisher: South West Maritime Society — 2004Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 095264553X]Condition: Near Fine.Description: No. 4 in the series. Illustrated with black and white photographs & maps. From the cover: “This book starts where others leave off, when Captain James Cook was murdered in Hawaii in 1779, but his third voyage of discovery went on for another 27,000 miles of often hazardous sailing. A factual, exciting, and often funny story of those adventures on land and sea as first told in the journal of Lieutenant, soon to become Captain, James King. Many others who were later renowned explorers were on this expedition, including William Bligh, George Vancouver and James Burney. Global navigation comes into this account but, perhaps for the first time, this is a book written just as much for the landsman and layman as for the seaman and naval historian. Admiral G. S. (Steve) Ritchie, Hydrographer to the Royal Navy from 1966 to 1971 and President of the Directing Committee of the International Hydrographic Bureau from 1972 to 1981 has said ‘James King was a fine man and dealt with a difficult situation admirably’."Notes: Size: 8¼" x 5¾". In the Maritime Monograph series. 209 pages. Tags: misunderstandings misadventures bolcheretzkoi inhospitable instructions hospitality kamtschatka habitations travelling navigation waterfront discovered habitation principles provisions expedition south-east karakakooa resolution unfriendly terreoboo endeavour discovery elevation commander admiralty buffaloes practised medallion mercurial sightings nautical Pembroke krakatoa sandwich krakatau glossary epilogue portrait elements tropical twenties freezing vessels' h.m.s'.s offering conduct islands enraged condore england
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Are You Dave Gorman? by Gorman Dave; Wallace Danny; (£53.50)Publisher: Ebury Press — 2001Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0091879647]Condition: Very Good. Upper wrap a little curled. Gently rubbed at the edges of the spine and wraps.Description: Illustrated with black and white photographs. First in this, paperback, edition. From the cover: “Dave German and Danny Wallace are flatmates and drinking partners, a combination that results in one of the most unusual and intriguing bets ever made. During a night out in an East End pub, the pair had an argument. Dave thought there must be hundreds of people in the world who shared his name. Danny didn’t. They were drunk. Five hours later they were on a train to Scotland… That morning, they unwittingly kick-started an uncontrollable adventure that would eventually take them over 25,000 miles around the world, finding and meeting complete strangers with only one thing in common — they were all called Dave German too. During their six month odyssey, Dave and Danny were caught in a tornado in New York, they lost their shoes in Norway and they caused a security alert at an Israeli airport. They met greenkeepers, booksellers, carpetfitters, gurus, policemen, film stars and a semi-retired lighthouse technician.”Notes: Size: C Format (8½" x 5¼"). 314 pages. Tags: absurdity amusing and anecdotes article author book chuckle clowning comedian comedy comic comical danny dave english essayist essays farce fiction funniness funny gag general gorman hilarious hilarity hoax humor humorist humorous humour jest jesting joker jokes journeys laugh literature narrative novel novelist prose pun satirist side slapstick stand-up story tale tall text the travelogues travels voyages wallace wit witticism witty writer writing yarn
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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 Cities Book: A Journey Through the Best Cities in the World by Anon. (£26.00)Publisher: Footscray: Lonely Planet — 2006Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 1741047315]Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper at the head of the spine otherwise a very well presented copy. Description: Illustrated by way of: Colour Plates; Maps;

From the cover: “A pictorial coffee-table book that illustrates 200 cities in the world as voted by Lonely Planet travellers, authors and staff. This book includes topics, which contain statistics such as population, the age of the city and its local name, urban myths, city origins and the things to see, do, eat and drink.”
Notes: Size: 12¼" x 9½". Black boards with Silver titling to the Spine & Upper Board. 427 pages. Tags: cities towns voyages travels travel holiday guides
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The Sea, Ships & Sailors: Poems, Songs and Shanties by William Cole (£24.00)Publisher: Rupert Hart-Davis — 1968Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with nicks at the head of the spine and upper panel, heavier tanning at the spine and to the reverse. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Drawings;

From the cover: “There is a fantastic variety to the sea and I have tried in this collection to represent all its moods. The sea is hurricanes and lullabies, gaiety and doom, crashing surf and quiet depths. It is, above all, unconquerable.

So writes William Cole in his introduction. He has collected eighty-five poems, songs and shanties of varying tenors and tones from such diverse sources as Lord Byron and W. S. Gilbert, Aldous Huxley and John Updike, Shakespeare and Walt Whitman. He has divided them into eight different sections and has included authentic sea shanties, ‘A Cradle Song’ by Tennyson, and lan Serraillier’s The Ballad of Kon-Tiki. While some of the poems in this collection hark back to the era of romantic tales and dashing stories, such as Browning’s Herve Kiel and Masefield’s The Yarn of the Loch Achray.

Robin Jacques has brilliantly captured the spirit of the sea in his line drawings, which decorate and enhance the text throughout.”
Notes: Illustrated by Robin Jacques. Size: 9¼" x 6½". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 236 pages. Tags: poetry children ships men songs shanties storms wrecks disasters sea stories buccaneers battles adventure mystery sailing pirates slavers picturesque adventurers english voyages travels
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Four Modern Naval Campaigns: Historical, Strategical and Tactical by Sir William Laird Clowes (£21.50)Publisher: London: Cornmarket Press Limited — 1970Binding: Hardback [ISBN: 0719120209]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Description: Illustrated by way of: Maps; Plans; Facsimile printing of the 1902 Unit Library edition.Notes: Size: 6¾" x 4¾". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [IX] 244 [4] pages. Tags: clowes 0719120209 naval history strategy mercantile marine voyages hydrography wrecks piracy harbour forts valparaiso plan caldera bay attack aquidaban
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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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The Island of the Day Before by Umberto Eco (£19.00)Publisher: Harcourt Brace — 1994Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0151001510]Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper.Description: From the cover: “The year is 1643. Roberto, a young nobleman, survives war, the Bastille, exile and shipwreck as he voyages to a Pacific island straddling the date meridian. There he waits now, alone on the mysteriously deserted Daphne, separated by treacherous reefs from the island beyond — the island of the day before. If he could reach it, time — and his misfortunes — might be reversed. But first he must learn to swim…”Notes: 512 pages. Tags: 20th century del english fiction from giorno historical into italian language l'isola literature modern prima translated translations
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Voyages in Classical Mythology by Mary Ellen Snodgrass (£19.00)Publisher: Santa Barbara, Denver & Oxford: ABC-CLIO — 1994Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0874367344]Condition: Good+ — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and the top corners of the boards with commensurate wear to the dust wrapper. Gently faded at the spine of the dust wrapper. Edges of the text block lightly spotted, more heavily to the top edge. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated by way of: Glossary; Chronological Tables; Black & White Drawings; Maps;Notes: Size: 10¼" x 7¼". Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XIII] 478 pages. Tags: snodgrass mythology classical voyages travels myths greece folklore pre-christian european mediterranean religions social science 9780874367348 291.13
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Great Railway Journeys of the World: An Encyclopedia of the World's Best Locomotive Journeys by Max Wade-Matthews (£18.50)Publisher: London: Lorenz — 1998Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 1859676928]Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Gently faded at the spine and onto the very margins of the dust wrapper. Laminate is lifting slightly at the bottom corner of the upper panel otherwise a very well presented copy. Description: Illustrated by way of: Colour Photographs; Illustrated endpapers and blanks;

From the cover: “There are few finer experiences than the thrill of a classic railway journey. This remains as true today as it was in 1825, when Stephenson’s Rocket first steamed its way from Stockton to Darlington.

Great Railway Journeys of the World describes 95 outstanding railway journeys, experienced first-hand by a team of expert writers. Some of the journeys are quite short but steeped in history, notably the railway down India’s once perilous Khyber Pass; and the narrow-gauge line that carried gold prospectors from the port of Skagway to Whitehorse, in the Yukon. Others, such as the transcontinental lines of Australia and Canada, the Hastern and Oriental Express from Singapore to Bangkok, and the Red Arrow’s journey from Brussels to Hong Kong, cover thousands of kilometres.

For luxury and romance there is nothing to match the Orient Express, the Blue Train from Cape Town to Pretoria, or the wonderfully nostalgic “Palace on Wheels” in Rajasthan; while the many extraordinary feats of engineering described include the Trans-Siberian Railway from Moscow to Vladivostock, the Trans-Ancline Railway in Chile with its 26 tunnels in 70 km (44 miles), and the Brazilian line from Santos where the carriages are still hoisted up the Serro do Mar on a rope. For lovers of the latest and fastest trains, there is the high-speed line from Tokyo to Osaka, or London to Bern by Furostar and TGV — while on many other journeys the trains are still hauled, on gauges broad and narrow, by lovingly preserved steam locomotives.

Long or short, modern or historic, broad-gauge or narrow, each of the journeys described in Great Railway Journeys of the World will whet the appetites of rail enthusiasts everywhere. Packed with information — historical, geographical and technical — and with over 700 photographs of the world’s most remarkable trains, and stunning scenery, this monumental book bears eloquent witness to the enduring romance of rail travel.”
Notes: Size: 12" x 9¼". Pictorial boards. 256 pages. Tags: railroad travel western hemisphere pictorial works eastern railroads trains history voyages and travels locomotives encyclopedias description rail enthusiast armchair traveler
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The World Encyclopedia of Locomotives: A Complete Guide to the World's Most Fabulous Locomotives by Colin Garratt (£18.50)Publisher: Lorenz — 1997Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 1859674550]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper a little rubbed at the edges. Leans slightly. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: Later Printing. Illustrated with colour photographs. From the cover: “Since the birth of the railroads in the early Industrial Age, people across the world have been fascinated by the locomotive as an enduring symbol of the advance of technology and as a powerful means of transport. From the early beginnings of steam power to today’s awe-inspiring high-speed passenger trains, The World Encyclopedia of Locomotives spans nearly two centuries of locomotive development worldwide in an easy-to-use format that will appeal to every railway enthusiast.

Divided into three sections, the book is organized chronologically, documenting developments and innovations in a concise and authoritative text.

Part One — The Birth of the Railways charts the very beginnings of locomotive design up to 1900. Starting with the British locomotives of the 1830s and the Battle of the Gauges, we move on to the early North American freight trains and the great building schools across the world.

Part Two — The Golden Age of Steam details the early British innovations in steam; the American Mikados, Shays, Switchers and Record Breakers; the early Canadian freight trains; European mountain power; and the enduring steam locomotives of India and Latin America — many of which were in use until recently.

Part Three — The 1950s to the Present Day explains the crossover from steam to diesel and electric. It looks at how these changes transformed the locomotive throughout the world into a superior passenger and freight pulling power, making it the supreme form of transport. Bringing us to the present day, this last section highlights the latest developments in world-class locomotive technology, including Europe’s Eurostar and the Japanese bullet train.

Written by world experts in the field and illustrated with over 700 photographs and artwork, The World Encyclopedia of Locomotives is an exhaustive reference work that takes an illuminating glance at a technology that was pivotal in the development of the modern world.”
Notes: Size: 12" x 9¼". Pictorial boards. 256 pages. Tags: and catalogs collections encyclopaedias encyclopedias exhibitions general history interest locomotives photography railroads railways reference trains transportation travels voyages works
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Three Boys in a Boat by David Brook (£18.00)Publisher: London: Adlard Coles Limited — 1968Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Good — in Poor Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the spine ends and corners with commensurate wear to the dust wrapper with fraying to the spine ends and corners. Endpapers and blanks tanned. The pages are somewhat tanned, if tight, and a little musty. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Maps; Maps to the endpapers and blanks;

From the cover: “This is a unique human story of how a man, suddenly left with three young boys to bring up on his own, turned to yachting as a means of both bringing himself closer to them and helping them to grow up without being too acutely aware of the lack of one parent. How well he succeeded the reader will soon judge.

However, this tale is much more than a family chronicle. It is written by a very competent yachtsman who manages to convey what life on a small cruising yacht is like better than many another writer. His descriptions are often dramatic, always interesting.

Here is cruising on the East Coast, in Belgium, Holland and the Channel Islands — racing with the East Anglian Offshore fleet in which the author was third overall with Nymphet in 1963.

There are some tense moments in I fog and heavy weather with what is probably one of the best descriptions written of a gale at sea in a small boat with an open cockpit.

The story comes to a thrilling climax when the family nearly lose their yacht in a force 9 off Dover. There is also a moving account of how a young woman came into their lives to become not only an able yachtswoman but mother to the three boys.”
Notes: Jacket designed by Malcolm Young. Size: 8½" x 6". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 238 pages. Tags: sailing narratives yachting burnham river dutch cruise thames estuary race ostend enkhuizen nymphet mavre gosselin sark voyages travels yachts
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Pictorial History of Ships by J. H. Martin & Geoffrey Bennett (£17.50)Publisher: Octopus — 1977Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0706406257]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper. Price Clipped. Previous owners' inscription to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated by way of: Colour Photographs; Black & White Drawings; Diagrams; Maps; Illustrated endpapers and blanks;

From the cover: “Across the centuries, men have set out in ships designed for very different purposes-from discovery and war to trade and relaxation. This world-wide story ranges over more than 3000 years, from the earliest sailing vessels to the dramatic rise of steam and the advent of nuclear power. The principal types of ship are discussed and magnificently illustrated in full colour throughout. Special sections have been illustrated to show the detail of the great ships, routes to unknown parts of the globe by famous navigators and explorers, how battles were fought and won and how the design of ships has been altered and refined to meet man’s changing needs.”
Notes: Size: 13" x 9½". Pictorial boards. 192 pages. Tags: ships history navigation fighting sail modern warships ocean liners trade winds cargo container voyages ship design naval 1976 martin geoffrey bennett 0706406257 first editions firsts printings 1st
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The Other One by S. Martin-Chauffier (£15.50)Publisher: University of London Press — 1961Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Good+ — in Good+ Dustwrapper. Edges of the dustwrapper frayed, heavily faded on the rear panel. Price Clipped. Edges of the textblock lightly spotted. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: Illustrated with line drawings. From the flap: “This original and amusing story, based on voyages actually made by Rene Duguay-Trouin, captain of the French privateer, the Coëtquen, in the 1690’s.”Notes: Illustrated by Kenneth Ody. Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Burgundy boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 144 pages. Tags: frigate cannon crew soldiers women privateers privateering expedition corsair captain commission times war saint-malo laden with spoils admiralty governor admiralty powers booty
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Extraordinary Railway Journeys by Tom Savio & Anthony Lambert (£14.50)Publisher: Ted Smart — 2004Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 1843309335]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Description: Illustrated by way of: Colour Photographs; Maps;

From the cover: “What makes a rail tour extraordinary? Is it the countryside, unique people and places along the way, a colourful or turbulent history, select carriage interiors and the ultimate in comfort, or the noble patina bestowed by a succession of distinguished passengers?

The answer is all that and more, and each of the 24 journeys in this book contains liberal doses of these magic ingredients. One common factor unites them: the romance and allure of this incomparable mode of travel, which grants modern-day explorers an increasingly rare commodity — time. On a train one has time to absorb the passing scenery, and an opportunity to socialize with other travellers or spend reflective moments in solitude.

Stories about trains as diverse as Pakistan’s Bolan Mail and Australia’s Savannahlander, the Cornish Riviera Express and the California Zephyr convey the authors’ passion for the lines, locomotives and carriages, and their deep respect for the men who planned and built them, often under harrowing circumstances. Hand-drawn maps, evocative images and the captivating first-hand narrative of knowledgeable travel and railway writers combine to present unique experiences that carry readers from the Arctic Circle to the heat of India. Extraordinary Railway Journeys is an entertaining collection of adventures, all of which can be re-enacted today (contact details and booking information are listed at the back of the book).”
Notes: Size: 12" x 10¾". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 160 pages. Tags: railroad travel voyages and travels the americas usa canada royal canadian pacific white pass yukon route denali star california zephyr peru machu picchu vistadome europe united kingdom west highland line westward across ireland cornish riviera express norway norwegian railways arctic circle germany brocken railway france petit train jaune venice switzerland swiss federal golden bernina italy sardinia narrow gauge rai ukraine ukrainian steam tour africa nambia desert south union limited thread asia pakistan bolan mail border india northern steaming into nilgiri hills china jitong australia savannahlander railtours tom savio anthony lambert 1843309335 first editions firsts printings 1st
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Extraordinary Railway Journeys by Tom Savio & Anthony Lambert (£14.50)Publisher: New Holland — 2004Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 1843305976]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Description: Illustrated by way of: Colour Photographs; Maps;

From the cover: “What makes a rail tour extraordinary? Is it the countryside, unique people and places along the way, a colourful or turbulent history, select carriage interiors and the ultimate in comfort, or the noble patina bestowed by a succession of distinguished passengers?

The answer is all that and more, and each of the 24 journeys in this book contains liberal doses of these magic ingredients. One common factor unites them: the romance and allure of this incomparable mode of travel, which grants modern-day explorers an increasingly rare commodity — time. On a train one has time to absorb the passing scenery, and an opportunity to socialize with other travellers or spend reflective moments in solitude.

Stories about trains as diverse as Pakistan’s Bolan Mail and Australia’s Savannahlander, the Cornish Riviera Express and the California Zephyr convey the authors’ passion for the lines, locomotives and carriages, and their deep respect for the men who planned and built them, often under harrowing circumstances. Hand-drawn maps, evocative images and the captivating first-hand narrative of knowledgeable travel and railway writers combine to present unique experiences that carry readers from the Arctic Circle to the heat of India. Extraordinary Railway Journeys is an entertaining collection of adventures, all of which can be re-enacted today (contact details and booking information are listed at the back of the book).”
Notes: Size: 12" x 10¾". Red boards with White titling to the Spine. 160 pages. Tags: railroad travel voyages and travels the americas usa canada royal canadian pacific white pass yukon route denali star california zephyr peru machu picchu vistadome europe united kingdom west highland line westward across ireland cornish riviera express norway norwegian railways arctic circle germany brocken railway france petit train jaune venice switzerland swiss federal golden bernina italy sardinia narrow gauge rai ukraine ukrainian steam tour africa nambia desert south union limited thread asia pakistan bolan mail border india northern steaming into nilgiri hills china jitong australia savannahlander railtours tom savio anthony lambert 1843309335 first editions firsts printings 1st
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Beyond the Limits: The Lessons Learned from a Lifetime's Adventures by Ranulph Fiennes (£14.00)Publisher: Little, Brown & Co. — 2000Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0316854581]Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper. Description: Illustrated by way of: Colour Photographs;Notes: Size: 10¼" x 7¾". Blue boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 223 pages. Tags: fiennes 0316854581 ranulph journeys sir north pole explorers great britain england biography voyages travels discovery exploration
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Hemingway Adventure by Michael Palin (£14.00)Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson — 1999Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 9780297825289]Condition: Very Good - in Very Good DJ. Small puncture to the centre of the upper panel, another faint dent to the centre of the lower panel. Text bright and tight.Description: Illustrated with colour photographs. From the cover: “One hundred years after the birth of Ernest Hemingway Michael Palin set out to discover the man behind the legend. Travelling through the forests and lakes of North Michigan to the First World War battlefields in Italy, from Paris to the sites of the Spanish Civil War, Michael Palin encounters unique events such as the running of the bulls in Pamplona and the infectious madness of the Fallas festival in Valencia. And in Cuba, bar-hopping, marlin fishing and daiquiris help unravel some of the myths surrounding Hemingway’s life. Full of Michael Palin’s usual wit and humour, this is a wonderful blend of adventure and travel writing at its very best.”Notes: Illustrated by Basil Pao (Photos.). Size: 10¾" x 7½". 255 pages. Tags: 20th action africa age also ambulance american and arms austria authors autobiography away bell biography boatmen brigade bullfighting cats century civil criticism cuba cuban depression drinking driving earth english ernest essays european fallas fame farewell festival film first fishing fly for fortune from fuentes gellhorn general gerald great gregorio hemingway hemingway's
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Star Trek: New Worlds, New Civilizations by Michael Jan Friedman (£13.50)Publisher: Pocket Books — 1999Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0671881035]Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper.Description: Illustrated with colour photographs. From the cover: “…To explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations… that is the mission statement of Starfleet, the declaration taken to heart by every starship captain, a mandate that has carried us across countless frontiers. It has uncovered our eyes, expanded our understanding, and enlightened four lives. It has opened the door of discovery to all of the citizens of the Federation. And in we, ourselves, have been discovered.

Join us now as we set off on our own journey. Hear your footsteps ring out on the decks of a Borg ship, stand beside Klingon warriors as they welcome home their hero and new chancellor, feel the heat of the deadly firestorms of Bersalis III. You can travel the walkways of Starbase 11, experience the “reality” of the Q Continuum, and breathe the desert air of Vulcan. In New Worlds, New Civilizations you can be the one to boldly go.”
Notes: Size: 11" x 9½". Grey Spine with Blue boards with Red titling to the Spine. 192 pages. Tags: american fiction films imaginary interplanetary pictorial programs science ships space star television trek voyages works
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The Commanding Sea: Six Voyages of Discovery by Clare Francis & Warren Tute (£13.50)Publisher: British Broadcasting Corporation [B.B.C./BBC] — 1981Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0720713072]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper.Description: Illustrated with photographs, in colour & black and white.Notes: Size: 11¾" x 8¾". Blue boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 280 pages. Tags: around history life naval ocean seafaring the travel voyages world
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A Mad World, My Masters: Tales from a Traveller's Life by John Simpson (£12.50)Publisher: Macmillan — 2000Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Signed by the Author.[ISBN: 0333724208]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dustwrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and top corners with commensurate ruffling to the dustwrapper.Description: Signed by the author on the title page — unverified and reflected as such in the lack of premium. Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the flap: “This second volume of autobiographical writing is a celebration of some of the world’s wilder places, and the unusual characters that inhabit them. Simpson transports his readers on an extraordinary world tour that includes dodging guerrillas at a cocaine market in southern Colombia, hunting Ebola in the Ivory Coast’s forest and filming undercover in Lebanon with a mad French cameraman.”Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 436 pages. Tags: simpson john television journalists great britain biography autobiography business economics industries media communications press journalism foreign correspondents voyages and travels 433092 langu 0330355678
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Captain's Logs by Edward Gross; Mark A. Altman; (£12.50)Publisher: Boxtree — 1993Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 185283899X]Condition: Very Good. Lightly rubbed at the tips of the wraps.Description: This is the definitive chronicling of the voyages of the Starship Enterprise.Notes: Size: 11" x 8½". 269 pages. Tags: star trek next generation kirk spock mccoy space shuttle enterprise vulcan science officer
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Russian Voyages Round the World by N. Nozikov (£12.50)Publisher: Hutchinson — UndatedBinding: Hardback Condition: Good. Gently faded at the spine. Gently bruised at head & tail of spine and corners. Pages lightly age-tanned with some spotting to start and finish.Description: War Economy Standard - circa 1950. Maps to the endpapers. The first Russian voyages round the world are closely linked with the activities of the Russian-American Company, the formation of which was called forth, in its turn, by the tremendous expansion of Russian possessions in the Pacific Ocean in the second half of the eighteenth century.Notes: Foreword or introduction by M. A. Sergeyev. Size: 8½" x 5½". Purple boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 165 pages. Tags: kronstadt the canary isles santa catharina washington islands nukuhiva petropavlovsk-on-kamchatka russian embassy japan kamchatka sakhalin macao russian america whampoa sunda islands indian ocean kurile islands valparaiso new archangel aleutian archipelago senyavin islands mariana archipelago famous warrior mariners russian navy russian fleet kresenstem first russian mariners sail round the world lisyansky gotovnin utke yakutsk settlement sea okhotsk chukchi peninsula pacific ocean russian voyages great kamchatka command 1716-1720 first and second bering expeditions 1725-1730 1733-1743 chukchi expedition shestakov 1727-1732 russian merchants gregory ivanovich shelekhov russian- american company
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The Commanding Sea: Six Voyages of Discovery by Clare Francis & Warren Tute (£12.50)Publisher: British Broadcasting Corporation [B.B.C./BBC] — 1981Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0720713072]Condition: Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and top corners with commensurate ruffling to the dust wrapper. Dust wrapper frayed at the head of the spine with a short closed tear to the head of the upper panel. Dust wrapper has been damp at some point and has partially stuck to the upper board. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: Illustrated with photographs, in colour & black and white.Notes: Size: 11¾" x 8¾". Blue boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 280 pages. Tags: around history life naval ocean seafaring the travel voyages world
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The Travels of Marco Polo by Ronald Latham (£12.50)Publisher: The Folio Society — 1973Binding: Hardback Condition: Very Good - in Good Slipcase. Slipcase unevenly sunned otherwise a very well presented copy.Description: Illustrated by way of: Colour Plates; Maps; Maps to the endpapers and blanks; Genealogical Tables; From the cover: “Marco Polo was the most famous traveller of his time. His voyages began in 1271 with a visit to China, after which he served the Kubilai Khan on numerous diplomatic missions. On his return to the West, he was made a prisoner of war and met Rustichello of Pisa, with whom he collaborated on this book. The accounts of his travels provide a fascinating glimpse of the different societies he encountered: their religions, customs, ceremonies and way of life; on the spices and silks of the East; on precious gems, exotic vegetation and wild beasts. He tells the story of the holy shoemaker, the wicked caliph and the three kings, among a great many others, evoking a remote and long-vanished world with colour and immediacy.”Notes: Size: 10" x 6¼". Black Spine Strip with Purple boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 310 pages. Tags: polo marco 1254-1323 journeys asia description and travel voyages travels early works 1800 mongols history 13th century persia china 1900 mongolia 1271-1292 personal observations classic writing expeditions discoveries ronald latham
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Train Journeys of the World: A Spectacular Voyage of Discovery Along 30 of the World's Most Exciting Rail Routes by Susan Gordon (£12.50)Publisher: Automobile Association — 1994Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 074950658X]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. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: Reprint. [First: 1993] From the cover: “Since the opening of the first railway over 150 years ago, train journeys have evoked an air of romance and adventure, linked with the excitement of new places and the opening up of whole continents. Train Journeys of the World explores 30 of the most spectacular and famous routes in the world, from the magnificent, nostalgic Orient-Express line to the modern, high-speed efficiency of the Japanese ‘bullet train’. Nineteen modern-day explorers recount their adventures as they travel all around the world — through Mongolia, along the Nile, from coast to coast in Australia, down the length of Italy, across America and Canada, into the high Andes, around the Aegean, into the heart of Africa. The names of the trains evoke their own special magic — the Mandalay Express, Al Andalus, the Sunset Limited, the Glacier Express. The story of each route, from Scotland to Chile, Thailand to Norway, is told in detail, capturing the atmosphere of the people and places, the enclosed world of the train and the greater landscape beyond the windows. Maps have been specially drawn to accompany each route, and the book is full of superb, evocative photographs. And there is even information to help you make the journeys yourself, should you feel tempted…”Notes: Foreword or introduction by Paul Atterbury. Size: 12" x 8½". Matching Pictorial boards. 224 pages. Tags: gordon paul atterbury 074950658x railroad travel voyages around world trains railways interest writing places peoples transportation railroads essays travelogues pictorials
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1492 by Homero Aridjis (£11.50)Publisher: André Deutsch [Andre Deutsch] — 1991Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0233987274]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dustwrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and top corners with commensurate ruffling to the dustwrapper. Top edges of text block tanned.Description: The Life and Times of Juan Cabezon. Set in fifteenth-century Spain, when its rulers, with the aid of the Inquisition, were seizing Jewish estates to finance the wars with the Moors and the new voyages of discover, 1492 is the story of one Juan Cabezón, a descendant of converted Jews.Notes: Jacket designed by Pete Rozycki. Size: 9½" x 6¼". Burnt Orange boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 284 pages. Tags: catholic rulers expelled jews spain fifteenth century moors voyages discovery bizarre accidents orphaned picaresque life rogues vagabonds madrid converted jewess burned the stake bearing his child vanishes inquisition desperate search
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Passes and Trespasses by Hakon Mielchie (£11.50)Publisher: William Hodge & Company — 1954Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Good+ — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded. Price Clipped. Boards faded and slightly mottled. Tanning to the blanks. A slightly bowed copy. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: First British Edition. [First Published: As ‘Fra min Køjesoek’, Hasselbalchs Forlag, 1944] Portraiture frontispiece. From the cover: “Hakon Middle, author of eight popular travel books, here tells the story of his life — how he was sailor, bookseller, commercial artist, variety artist, down-and-out (in Paris), journalist, gigolo and other things besides, before he went on Monsoon’s last voyage which he described in Let’s See if the World is Round, the book which made him famous.

He tells of adventures which happened to him from Poland to Malekula, and introduces us to a variety of entrancing people, some of whom the reader will remember from his previous books.”
Notes: Size: 8¾" x 6". Gray boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 244 pages. Tags: amazon amazonas and brazil christopher columbus customs description hakon indies japan life mielche pictorial ri´o river social travels voyages west works
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Tropics Bound: Elizabeth's Seadogs on the Spanish Main by James Seay Dean (£11.50)Publisher: The History Press — 2010Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 9780752450964]Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper. Description: Illustrated by way of: Facsimiles; Maps;Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 224 pages. Tags: dean 9780752450964 transatlantic voyages history 16th century privateers geography imperial spain england private adventurers america discovery exploration british tropics
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A Mad World, My Masters: Tales from a Traveller's Life by John Simpson (£10.50)Publisher: Macmillan — 2000Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0333724208]Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dustwrapper. Discreet owner's stamp to the first blank otherwise a very well presented copy.Description: Later Printing [3rd]. Illustrated with black and white photographs. A weaving together of Simpson's adventures as a BBC reporter. Simpson remembers some of the unusual places he has visited and some of those he wishes he hadn't with anecdotes on awful hotels, maverick drivers, dodgy airports and devious officials. Simpson reflects on the business of news reporting.Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Navy Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 436 pages. Tags: simpson john television journalists great britain biography autobiography business economics industries media communications press journalism foreign correspondents voyages and travels 433092 langu 0330355678
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Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende (£10.50)Publisher: New York: HarperCollinsPublishers — 1999Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 006019491X]Condition: Good+ — in Very Good Dustwrapper. Dustwrapper a little rubbed at the edges. Price Clipped. Leans. Previous owners' gift inscription to the first blank.Description: Notes: Jacket designed by Honi Wener. Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 399 pages. Tags: fiction novels literature stories story novella short first editions firsts printings 1st frontier pioneer california gold miners social customs voyages pacific coast love spanish chile 19th century discoveries history
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Diary of a Decade: More Memoirs of a Bishop's Wife by Cicely Williams (£10.50)Publisher: London: George Allen & Unwin — 1970Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0049200305]Condition: Very Good — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper with a nick to the head of the upper panel. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated by way of: Frontispiece; Black & White Photographs; Diary of a Decade continues the story begun by Mrs Williams in Bishop’s Wife— But Still Myself. She skilfully describes her colourful excursions with her husband to the United States, the Swiss Mountains and the Holy Land, counterbalancing the excitement of their life abroad with the steady, tranquil current of life In the English counties.Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5½". Turquoise boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 256 [4] pages. Tags: williams 0049200305 cicely 1907-1985 diaries spouses clergy voyages travels mountaineering britain 1951 clergymen wives travel
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Island Race: An Improbable Voyage Round the Coast of Britain by John McCarthy & Sandi Toksvig (£10.50)Publisher: British Broadcasting Corporation [B.B.C./BBC] — 1995Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. Condition: Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper. Price Clipped. Heavily faded at the spine of the dust wrapper. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated by way of: Colour Photographs; Illustrated / decorative end papers. From the cover: “Take two novice sailors and an eighty-year-old wooden sailing boat, mix with a deadline and the vagaries of British weather, and you’ll find that the chances of getting round Britain’s coastline are somewhat small.

Island Race is the story of two old friends — a former hostage and a comedian — trying to come to grips with sailing as they circumnavigate Britain. With the occasional attempted decapitation, moments of real excitement, (and fear), they gather together a portrait of this island’s coastal communities.

As a hostage in Beirut, John McCarthy had a dream of sailing on the bow of a classic yacht. Now the dream becomes reality as he and writer and performer, Sandi Toksvig, board Hirta, a pilot cutter, in an attempt to sail round Britain within three months.

The journey begins on a deserted island and progresses clockwise round Britain with the crew dropping in at nearly fifty ports and harbours. With poor weather constantly hampering their progress, the journey becomes a race against the elements as well as the deadline.

Will the reality of such an undertaking live up to John and Sandi’s expectations? How will John cope with the confined quarters of a boat or seasick Sandi with the temperamental ‘sea toilet’? And what will the encounters with the people of Britain’s coast reveal about an island nation? The Channel Islands’ chandler who reveals hidden tunnels left by World War II German armies; Buddhist monks who’ve bought a Scottish island as a retreat; the prisoners in Portland prison — all these, and other intriguing discoveries, add up to a unique portrait of life in Britain and, as the journey gathers speed, two sometimes conflicting yet complementary views of life at sea.”
Notes: Illustrated by Tom Owen Edmunds (Photos.). Size: 10" x 7¾". Blue boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 240 pages. Tags: mccarthy john journeys great britain toksvig sandi travel sailing voyages and travels description hirta ship 0140261877 tom owen edmunds photos first editions firsts printings 1st
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Passage to Juneau: A Sea and Its Meanings by Jonathan Raban (£10.50)Publisher: London: Picador — 1999Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0330346288]Condition: Very Good. Description: First in this, UK paperback, edition. Illustrated by way of: Maps;Notes: Size: Trade Paperback (9¼" x 6"). 435 pages. Tags: travel northwest coast north america vancouver journeys 1798 ocean voyages around world pacific coasts discovery sailing british columbia romanticism history indians folklore alaska navigation seamanship western states canada essays travelogues
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Planet Ustinov: Following the Equator with Sir Peter Ustinov by Michael Waldman (£10.50)Publisher: Simon & Schuster — 1998Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0684819759]Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper.Description: Illustrated by way of: Colour Photographs; Maps; Illustrated endpapers and blanks;

From the cover: “One hundred years ago humorist and storyteller Mark Twain travelled the world. Zig zagging sedately along the Equator he dropped anchor in Hawaii and Fiji, Australia and New Zealand; in India, Mauritius and South Africa. He encountered a world painted red, a British Empire upon which the sun never set.

Now, a hundred years later, Sir Peter Ustinov has travelled in Twain’s wake, finding a very different world. In Hawaii and Mauritius, they are trying to reclaim and validate their native languages. From Australia, dispossessed Aborigines travel the world in search of mummified, desecrated ancestors. The Maoris bare their bottoms at the Queen’s entourage; and in South Africa there has been the greatest upheaval of all.

Travelling through the vivid landscapes of some of the world’s most beautiful countries, Sir Peter encountered extraordinary people along the way, ranging from the King of Abemama, a tiny island in the South Pacific, to Nelson Mandela in South Africa. Throughout, Sir Peter shared his unique and sometimes humorous observations with TV producer Michael Waldman, during the filming of their epic journey for Channel 4.

Mixing history with acute observation of people, places and customs, Michael Waldman has written a witty, shrewd and evocative account of a world in transition on the brink of a new millennium.”
Notes: Size: 10½" x 8". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 256 pages. Tags: twain mark 1835-1910 journeys ustinov peter 1921- travel waldman michael tropics following the equator with television program voyages around world description and 0684819759 first editions firsts printings 1st
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River Journeys by Michael Wood, Christina Dodwell, William Shawcross, Germaine Greer, Russell Braddon & Brian Thompson (£10.50)Publisher: London: British Broadcasting Corporation — 1984Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0563202041]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Price Clipped. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and top corners with commensurate ruffling to the dustwrapper. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Colour Photographs; Black & White Plates; Maps;

From the cover: “Civilisation began in the great river valleys. Today our settlements still cluster along the banks of the world’s great rivers. They were, and have often remained, the arteries of the planet. By travelling on a river we can retrace the earliest journeys in which man discovered the earth. ‘River Journeys’ is about six very different rivers. Lavishly illustrated in both colour and black and white, this book describes what it is like to take a passage through today’s world at a human pace.”
Notes: Jacket designed by David Wallace (Photo.). Foreword or introduction by Roger Laughton. Size: 10" x 7½". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 208 pages. Tags: photo seafaring inland navigation rivers voyages travels congo sepik waghi mekong sao francisco murray nile
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The Atlas of Past Worlds: A Comparative Chronology of Human History, 2000BC-AD1500 by John Manley (£10.50)Publisher: Cassell — 1993Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0304344567]Condition: Very Good. Upper wrap slightly curled. A slightly dog-eared, if pleasant, copy.Description: Illustrated by way of: Facsimiles; Colour Photographs; Black & White Drawings; Diagrams; Maps; Plans;

From the cover: “When the mighty stones at Stonehenge were being erected, what was happening in the rest of the world? What gods were the people of these different cultures worshipping? Two thousand years later, when the splendour of Pompeii was abruptly brought to an end, which other empires existed in the world? John Manley’s fascinating, fresh approach to world history answers these and many other questions.

Using five distinct ‘time slices’, The Atlas of Past Worlds sets out to compare five separate cultures within each selected time span. By taking a total of twenty-five archaeological sites, each with a significant place in history, the author reveals what happened within different civilizations at key periods of human history.

Sites are selected from five geographical areas — Europe, western Asia, Africa, eastern Asia and Oceania, and the Americas — and the story unfolds in 2000 BC, a time when complex societies emerged in all five areas of the world. The story continues through the subsequent key periods of 1000 BC, AD 1 and AD 1000 and concludes with AD 1500, after which many indigenous societies were modified or disrupted by European voyages of discovery.

Each of the five slices of time concentrates on a central theme — religion; political, social and economic structures; empires; new directions; and cities — thereby giving us an insight into the diversity of human experience and achievement. This diversity is heightened by the inclusion of less-celebrated settlements, for example El Paraiso and Kalemba, as well as celebrated sites, such as Petra and Easter Island.

John Manley’s unique combination of times and places provides unexpected conclusions, and this exciting and thought-provoking comparative approach to human history is outstandingly illustrated by over 250 maps, plans, reconstructions, drawings and colour photographs.”
Tags: historical geography world history archaeology atlases antiquities and maps 1993 reference civilisation ancient john manley 0304319813 0304344567
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The Book of Life: One Man's Search for the Wisdom of Age by Andrew Jackson (£10.50)Publisher: Victor Gollancz — 1999Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0575066865]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.Description: Illustrated with colour photographs. From the cover: “Andrew Jackson and his wife travelled the world to meet its oldest inhabitants. What they learn is not a history of the 20th century; nor a series of life stories, but the wisdom of ages. Their brush with mortality takes a painful part in the journey.”Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Blue boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 348 pages. Tags: aged and andrew biography body britain cultural essays general great jackson journeys mind older people science social spirit studies travelers travelogues travels voyages writing
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The Ra Expeditions by Thor Heyerdahl (£10.50)Publisher: George Allen & Unwin — 1971Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0045720207]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper a little tanned. Pages lightly age-tanned. Description: Illustrated with photographs, in colour & black and white, drawings and maps. This is the story of Heyerdahl's voyage from North Africa to South America in a 45 ft papyrus boat modelled on those depicted in the pharoah's wall paintings. Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 334 pages. Tags: 20th and atlantic boat description discoveries discovery egypt egyptian essays expeditions exploration explorers geographical geography heyerdahl history observations ocean personal ship ships thor travel travelogues travels voyages writing
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The Voyage of the Matthew: John Cabot and the Discovery of North America by Peter Firstbrook (£10.50)Publisher: London: BBC Books — 1997Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0563387645]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. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated by way of: Colour Photographs; Colour Plates; Maps; Plans;Notes: Foreword or introduction by Duke of Edinburgh. Size: 10" x 7¾". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 191 pages. Tags: cabot john journeys north america travel matthew ship voyage television programme sailing ships britain explorers voyages travels discovery exploration english british american history maritime geographical atlantic ocean americas central south west indies medieval naval shipbuilding expeditions discoveries
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At One with the Sea: Alone Around the World by Naomi James (£9.50)Publisher: Book Club Associates — 1979Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. Condition: Very Good — in Good Dustwrapper. Faded at the spine of the dustwrapper. Leans a little. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: Maps to the endpapers. Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “On 8th June 1978, the world heard the astonishing news that 28-year-old Naomi James had become the first woman to sail single-handed round the globe via Cape Horn — and in the fastest time ever. The daughter of a New Zealand sheep farmer, newly married and with only two years’ sailing experience behind her, Naomi had never handled a boat by herself before -yet, incredibly, she set a new round-the-world record and made sailing history.

At One With The Sea is the frank, vivid and enthralling account of the most amazing lone voyage of them all. Naomi tells of her despair when the radio broke and she faced months of silence; of her embarrassment at discovering — after three months at sea — that she had been confusing latitude with longitude; of her grief when the ship’s kitten, Boris, went overboard; and of the black horror of a dawn capsize. In common with all lone sailors, Naomi lived in dread of Cape Horn; in the end she rounded « that old bogey Horn » without even realising it — « I may even have been asleep at the time. »

This story of heroism with the human touch, of epic courage and endurance, must rank as a classic in the literature of great adventures. It is not merely the memorable record of an historic journey; Naomi’s story also tells us more about why men — and women — dare the elements, and attempt the impossible, in the relentless search for self-knowledge.

On 1st January 1979, in recognition of her extraordinary achievement, she became Dame Naomi James. Her award, Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire, is one of the highest given to women.”
Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Blue boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 192 pages. Tags: adventures amazing breakdown breaks canaries cape confusing courage crusader damaged dame despair doldrums endurance epic forties gear globe heroism historic horn icebergs journey latitude lone longitude mast naomi navigation port roaring round-the sailing sailomat search seeing self-knowledge self-steering silence single-handed town’s travelers via voyages yacht
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Flying Visits by Clive James (£9.50)Publisher: Jonathan Cape — 1984Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0224022121]Condition: Very Good — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper with a crease to the laminate at the foot of the upper panel. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: From the introduction: “These articles, along with some of the Introduction, appeared in the Observer from time to time between 1976 and 1983. Here and there I have restored some small cuts which had to be made if the piece was to fit the page, but otherwise I have added very little. The occasional outright howler has been corrected, but only if it was a matter of detail which I should have got right in the first place. Hindsight would have allowed further improvements but there would have been no end to the process.”Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XI] 180 pages. Tags: angeles biarritz china cities clive countries dollar epcot flying following hong hotel humour japan jerusalem kong los munich observer paris peking reactions russian salzburg satire sydney sympathetic thatcher tourists traveller travels visitor voyages washington wit
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Let's Get Lost by Craig Nelson (£9.50)Publisher: Headline — 2000Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0747274665]Condition: Very Good. Light reading creases to the spine. Leans slightly. Gently rubbed at the edges of the spine and wrappers.Description: 1PaperbackNotes: Size: Trade Paperback (9¼" x 6"). 309 pages. Tags: adventure adventurers africa amazon america and army autobiography biography borneo china craig doctor egypt essays general great guinea india indonesia journeys jungle liberation nelson new pacific people’s south square tiananmen traveller travelling travelogues travels voyages wall witch writing
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Lone Traveller: One Woman, Two Wheels and the World by Anne Mustoe (£9.50)Publisher: Swan Hill Press — 1998Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 1853109703]Condition: Good+ — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and top corners with commensurate ruffling to the dustwrapper. Slight damp-mark to top part of the lower board and the reverse of the lower panel. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: Illustrated with colour photographs. From the cover: “Lone Traveller is the fascinating account of one woman’s epic journey, cycling round the globe from East to West — a journey that took her through some of the world’s most inhospitable terrain. Her accomplishment is quite remarkable for a solitary woman in her sixties who never trains and cannot mend a puncture!”Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Navy Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 186 pages. Tags: churrigueresque autobiography conquistadors extremadura bureaucracy land-slide chauchilla australian samarkand indonesia australia khunjerab karakoram jiayuguan biography caravans olivenca brazil’s flinders fortress solitary mountain inherent journeys voyages spanish dangers sergipe outback captain touring outside pacific america ancient highest bicycle cycling general writing highway notices travel fabled across around mustoe monaco lisbon desert dabdar threat arrest police gecidi passes turkey amazon turbie feared south tajik hosts roads paved china women hunza world roman paulo ferry nazca ocean along coast xi'an anne pass kale boat gobi with iran silk rome from cook pala road over the sao kop
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Moon Travellers: A Dream That Is Becoming a Reality by Peter Leighton (£9.50)Publisher: London: Oldbourne Book Co. — 1960Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Good+ — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with the price clipped. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Pages very gently age-tanned. Description: Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Burgundy boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 240 pages. Tags: fiction novels literature stories story novella editions firsts first printings 1st moon interplanetary voyages history criticism
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Plant Hunter's Paradise by Francis Kingdon Ward (£9.50)Publisher: Waterstone & Co. — 1985Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0947752307]Condition: Very Good. Description: Notes: Size: C Format (8½" x 5¼"). 347 pages. Tags: botany burma collecting descr description plant travel travels voyages zoology
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The New Sunday Times Travel Book by Richard Girling (£9.50)Publisher: David & Charles — 1986Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0715389424]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dustwrapper. Dustwrapper very slightly rubbed at the edges. Gently faded at the spine and the margins of the panels. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: Illustrated with black and white photographs & maps. For those seeking new places to visit the book will provide a stimulating gazetteer of ideas; others, who prefer to travel the easy way, can be transported around the world without having to leave the comfort and security of their armchair.Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 208 pages. Tags: travel-writing trans-siberian czechoslovakia god-forsaken hair-raising observations down-and-out competition fascinating ballybunion collections travellers wilderness kebnekaise annapurna indonesia manhattan santorini nuremburg foothills mountains kinshasa northern columbia interior intrepid thailand american mountain personal swedish travels british voyages zambesi islands journey climber lapland matanza station express tibetan african corsica travel tribes mexico burial africa india yemen dream river sudan nepal truck zaire paris greek egypt risks ride into hill peru lone epic bali limb life and sky the
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The Spring Voyage: The Jerusalem Pilgrimage in 1458 by R. J. [Rosamund Joscelyne] Mitchell (£9.50)Publisher: Readers Union — 1965Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Edges of the dust wrapper somewhat ruffled, several small closed tears, further tears with slight loss and fading to the spine.Description: Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “This particular spring voyage took place a long time ago — in 1458. The travellers, two hundred men in all, who assembled in Venice in that year to take ship for Jerusalem, were impelled in general by piety and curiosity. They were pilgrims, and in their 15th century Venetian galley they endured the dangers and discomforts of a great adventure. Among the party were two Englishmen, John Tiptoft, Earl of Worcester, and William Wey, who was writing a guidebook; a Dutchman; several studious Italian gentlemen; and the condottiere Roberta da Sanseverino, who set out as an undercover diplomat. Of these pilgrims, six kept diaries from which Miss Mitchell, an accomplished Italian scholar, has recreated their experiences. To the modern traveller these will seem to possess ardours and trials which would be quite intolerable; but at the same time the simplicity of these men and their deep satisfactions are undeniably and regrettably beyond the reach of most of us today.”Notes: Size: 8¼" x 5¼". Blue boards with Silver titling to the Spine & Upper Board. 213 pages. Tags: adriatic bethlehem cairo description fellowship holy jerusalem levant mediterranean mount palestine pilgrimages pilgrims rhodes sepulchre sinai susette taylor travelling travels venice voyages works
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The Voyage of the Cap Pilar by Adrian Seligman (£9.50)Publisher: Seafarer Books — 1993Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0850364388]Condition: Good. An adequate reading copy only. Notably rubbed at the outside edges of the cover and spine. Light reading creases to the spine. Text bright and tight.Description: Illustrated with black and white photographs. First in this edition.Notes: Size: C Format (8½" x 5¼"). 357 pages. Tags: square-rigged three-masted archipelago barquentine tai-o-hae progresso marquesan capetown southern islander tenerife catspaws auckland nukuhiva islands tristan voyages tuamotu hiva-oa sailing pacific hobart around voyage lagoon callao world trade gales cunha round winds south ships ocean calms hao sea the rio
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