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  • Encyclopedia of Exploration to 1800 – A Comprehensive Reference Guide to the History and Literature of Exploration, Travel and Colonisation from the Earliest Times to the Year 1800.

    Encyclopedia of Exploration to 1800 – A Comprehensive Reference Guide to the History and Literature of Exploration, Travel and Colonisation from the Earliest Times to the Year 1800.

    An as new copy of this great work by the unique Raymond Howgego, published by the equally unique Hordern House in 2003. Part of a greater series of works.

    A comprehensive [understatement] reference guide. Large quarto, xv, 1,168 pages, containing 2,327 articles, referencing 7,500 persons or ships, in over 1.2 million words all cross referenced to primary and secondary sources … bibliography of 20,000 works etc. Dust jacket as published, multiple silk marking ribbons …all in super condition.

    Raymond Howgego was teacher of physics before he gave that up to become a full-time traveler and travel writer. Possibly put down more words than any other living person. Seemingly can handle almost all European languages and Arabic and probably a few others. He still has an interest in amateur radio and fixing electronic items … we withhold his call sign, but you can find it if you try.

    As new Howgego on Exploration the Foundation Volume

    $230.00

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  • Into the Blue – Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before – Tony Horwitz.

    Into the Blue – Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before – Tony Horwitz.

    Published by Allen & Unwin in 2003 a substantial softcover, 480 pages, illustrated appropriately, very good like new condition.

    Horwitz follows James Cook as if on all three of his famous voyages of exploration. From the very first page this book has you hooked in what Bill Bryson describes as an “enthralling excursion around the Pacific”. Even for those that have read the first hand accounts and the monumental works of Beaglehole we suggest this will provide a new perspective

    Captain Cook by Horwitz – a new take with superb perspective.

    $25.00

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  • The Venturesome Voyages of Captain Voss – Voss

    The Venturesome Voyages of Captain Voss – Voss

    Published by Century, London etc. 1976, from the 1926 original, 326 page softcover, charts and with all of Voss’s technical appendices. Nice introduction by Commander Grubb puts this historic account into perspective.

    The voyages comprise adventures in the Xora, Tilikum (Friend) and Sea Queen. The first, in the Xora, was from Victoria B.C. to Cocos Island in search of the treasure purported to be buried there. Then on to Calloa in Peru a ten thousand mile voyage in a boat of ten tons.

    The second, in the Tilikum, an Indian canoe dug out a solid piece of wood and decked by Voss. Weighing only one and a half tons Voss crossed the Pacific, visiting New Zealand and Australia, the New Hebrides and through the Torres Strait to the Indian Ocean. Round the Cape of Good Hope, up to the Azores before reaching London.

    The third, in the yawl Sea Queen, only 28 feet but incredibly seaworthy. Voss recorded surviving a full somersault in a terrific gale.

    Between the monumental voyage in the Tilikum and his adventures in the Sea Queen Voss spent five years in charge of sealing vessels in the North Pacific and Behring Sea.

    Voyages of Voss – special Maritime history

    $20.00

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  • Where the Ocean Meets the Sky [Single handed Transatlantic Crossing] – Crispin Latymer.

    Where the Ocean Meets the Sky [Single handed Transatlantic Crossing] – Crispin Latymer.

    Published by Adlard Coles in 2009 a 216 page softcover nicely illustrated from original photographs.

    At 50 many of us wish to do something adventurous … Crispin Latymer was a seasoned coastal yachtsmen. To cross the Atlantic alone was the challenge he put upon himself … and what an adventure. Pirates off the coast of Africa before he turned westward for his Ocean run … only to meet Storm Delta …. And entertaining adventurous story.

    Hit the 50? … try your hand at something challenging!

    $20.00

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  • 500 Days – Around the World On a Twelve Foot Yacht – Serge Testa – Signed First Privately Published

    500 Days – Around the World On a Twelve Foot Yacht – Serge Testa – Signed First Privately Published

    A pretty rare softcover privately published by the adventurer in Aspley a suburb of Brisbane in 1988.

    216 pages, illustrated from original photographs and sketches (including maps) by the author. A little turned at the corners and the very odd mark, otherwise very good condition.

    Whilst some records show the smallest boat to circumnavigate was Kuczynski in May 2018 in a 21 foot vessel … we cannot understand that claim as the Serge Testa’s “Acrohc” was 40% smaller at 12 feet.

    Surely cannot really be beaten – 12 foot around the World.

    $25.00

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  • Bold Man of the Sea [Rowed Across the Pacific] – Jim Shekhdar

    Bold Man of the Sea [Rowed Across the Pacific] – Jim Shekhdar

    The title and understatement. Here we have the guy who rowed across the Pacific. He had previously rowed the Atlantic …

    Published by Hodder in 2002 a first softcover. 255 pages great condition.

    …with lots of great photographs taken along the way … none better than Jim wading ashore at Stradbroke Island near Brisbane, Queensland. More than 10,000 miles from Peru [having being denied departure authority from Chile]. A lot of near misses including shark attacks and broken oars along the way.

    One tough guy … how far would you get?

    $25.00

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