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Alexander von Humboldt explored the Spanish Empire on the verge of its collapse. He is the most significant German travel writer and the most important mediator between Europe and the Americas of the nineteenth century. His works integrated knowledge from two dozen domains.
By David Crane
David Crane has given us a magisterial portrait of one of Britain's greatest heroes and explorers, acclaimed as the `masterpiece' on the subject. Reissued for the 100th anniversary of Scott's doomed expedition.
By Eve M. Duffy
An artful and accessible interpretation, The Return of Hans Staden takes a text best known for its sensational tale of cannibalism and shows how it can be reinterpreted as a window into the precariousness of lives on both sides of early modern encounters, when such issues as truth and lying,...
By Ibn Fadlan
Between the ninth and fourteenth centuries, Arab travellers such as Ibn Fadlan journeyed widely and frequently into the far north, crossing territories that now include Russia, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. This title offers an illuminating insight into the world of the Arab geographers, and the medieval lands of the far north.
By Edmund Stump
A fascinating portrait and history of the most obscure mountains on Earth, by a modern scientist-explorer with unsurpassed knowledge of the region
A century after Amundsen's triumph and Scott's tragedy, our fascination with Antarctica remains as acute as ever. This glorious visual history traces our search for the South Pole, from our earliest encounters through the Heroic Age to modern times.
Dr. Edward A. Wilson 1872-1912 is widely regarded as one of the finest artists ever to have worked in the Antarctic. Sailing with Captain Scott aboard 'Discovery' 1901-1904, he became the last in a long tradition of 'exploration artists' from an age when pencil and water-colour were the main methods...
By Rorke Bryan
Surrounded by hazardous seas and pitiless ice, Antarctica was first sighted by Europeans less than three centuries ago. Since then, hundreds of ships have voyaged around that continent, challenged by poorly charted waters, storms, pack ice, icebergs and disease. This comprehensive and richly illustrated book tells the story of these...
Offers a fresh perspective on the Antarctic expeditions of the early twentieth century by looking at the British efforts for what they actually were: massive scientific enterprises in which reaching the South Pole was but a spectacular sideshow.