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Animals of the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Conservation Area.Artist/Author: Kennedy, Adam Scott and Vicki Kennedy.
Spectacularly illustrated by 146 colour photographs, this book is a remarkable look at the mammals and reptiles most likely to be encountered in the famous Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater. Accessible text coupled with an easy-to-use format, makes this detailed photographic guide a must for all visitors to the region. Details 71 species of mammal and 18 reptiles and illustrates male and female variations. Useful “Top Tips” – shared by local Tanzanian guides that work in the region – provide visitors with insights into behavioural habits and how to locate specific animals. Filled with vivid anecdotes, this book will enable any safari traveller to identify the area’s wildlife with ease.
Steve Backshall’s wildlife adventurer’s guide: a guide to exploring wildlife in Britain.Artist/Author: Backshall, Steve
A naturalist’s equivalent to the Dangerous Book for Boys, this book includes tips on everything from beachcombing, snorkelling and building your own hedgehog hotel, to tree climbing, natural foods and how to make traps for insects and mammals. This hands-on guide to enjoying nature is filled with practical advice on how to get involved with wildlife. Focusing mainly on Britain and northern Europe, it’s packed with ideas for wildlife-watching and other activities in different habitats, including coast, mountains, heathland, garden, wetland, woodland and farmland. Alongside the practical advice on bushcraft and survival are suggestions on how to get close to nature through activities such as mountain-biking and climbing.
Ludwig Leichhardt: lost in the outback.Artist/Author: Finger, Hans Wilhelm.
On 14 February 1842 Ludwig Leichhardt arrived in Sydney, Australia. His aim was to explore inland Australia and he was hopeful of a government appointment in his fields of interest. In 1848 Leichhardt and his companions vanished during his second attempt at crossing Australia from east to west. No trace of his expedition has been found. Nine separate extensive but unsuccessful searches were conducted over the next century. With no evidence whatsoever of Leichhardt’s fate, his disappearance created heroic mythology and resulted in a number of poems and novels (in German also), including Nobel Prize winner Patrick White’s Voss of 1957. Leichhardt left extensive and well-regarded records and publications about his travels. This is a sensitive and detailed account drawing on Leichhardt’s letters, journals, log books and personal diaries and covers his early years in Europe and his incredibly broad university education.
Captain Cook: master of the seas.Artist/Author: McLynn, Frank.
Foremost among the great explorers of the eighteenth century was navigator and cartographer Captain James Cook of the British Royal Navy. In this authentic, engrossing biography, McLynn reveals how Cook’s life was one of both great struggle and great success. Here McLynn re-creates the voyages that took the famous navigator from his native England to the outer reaches of the Pacific Ocean. Ultimately, Cook, who began his career as a deckhand, transcended his humble beginnings and triumphed through good fortune, courage, and talent. Also available in paperback [stock id 34534].
The great explorers.Artist/Author: Hanbury-Tenison, Robin, editor.
This book profiles forty of the worlds greatest explorers, from Europe, America, Asia and Australia. These are the men and women who changed our perception of the world through their courageous explorations, opening our eyes to the physical, natural and historical wealth around us. Under the aegis of Robin Hanbury-Tenison, hailed by the “Sunday Times” as the greatest explorer of the past twenty years, an international team of distinguished travel writers, broadcasters and historians describes these great explorers lives, motives and passions in a series of penetrating biographies, illustrated throughout with beautiful paintings, photographs, engravings and maps. Includes James Cook, Edward Wilson, Wilfred Thesiger, Alexander von Humboldt, Alfred Russel Wallace, Frank Kingdon-Ward, Jacques-Yves Cousteau.
Voyages of discovery: a visual celebration of ten of the greatest natural history expeditions.Artist/Author: Rice, Tony, editor.
A beautifully presented book on the ten most significant natural history expeditions. Type specimens and art works housed in the Natural History Museum in London are used to illustrate this superb book. Highlights include Sir Hans Sloane’s voyage to Jamaica in 1687, Maria Sybilla Merian’s sojourn to Surinam in 1699 to record brilliant butterflies and bizarre insects and Mathew Flinder’s circumnavigation of Australia with one of the greatest of all natural history artists, Ferdinand Bauer. Also available in hardcover [stock id 28037].
The storm leopard.Artist/Author: Murray, Martyn.
This is an account of the author’s journey from the Cape to the Serengeti Plains and his search for an answer to the Old Timer, a Kenyan who foretold the end of the wild. Martyn decided on one more trip, but this time without an agenda, without a timetable and without preconceptions: with no purpose other than to know, to feel and to understand. The book is filled with insights of African elephants and antelope, and with portraits of a natural world inhabited by Bushmen, game wardens and scientists. Running through it is an outspoken and highly ethical regard for humankind’s relationship with nature. From his first contact with Bushman rock art in the Western Cape, the author is drawn into a spiritual journey as he grapples with the quandary of balancing our lifestyles with protecting the environment. His travelling companion, Stu, a fellow scientist and arch cynic, is nettled by this lack of rationality. Marooned together in their 4×4, the friction, humour and hardship of their journey carry the reader across the continent from one adventure to another, to the final revelation atop an isolated kopje in the heart of the Serengeti Plains.
The great naturalists.Artist/Author: Huxley, Robert, editor.
Tells the story of the development of ideas about natural history as seen through the lives, observations and discoveries of nearly forty naturalists, from Classical times to the end of the 19th century. In their pursuit of cataloguing the natural world, pioneers such as Alexander von Humboldt and Charles Darwin changed the course of science with their daring travels and groundbreaking theories. This book includes many who are well know, such as the earliest great natural historian, Aristotle; Carl Linnaeus, the man who brought order to nature; the great voyager and collector Joseph Banks; and Georges Cuvier, who established the concept of extinction. But others are now given their rightful place: Antony van Leeuwenhoek, who made his own microscopes and discovered bacteria; Nicolas Steno, who opened the door to the earth’s geological past; and Mary Anning, “the princess of palaeontology”, who had an amazing, self-taught talent for finding fossils. Many whose lives are described here were great artists as well as naturalists, and the book is illustrated with beautiful and precise paintings and drawings of birds, mammals, reptiles, fish, insects, shells, botany, fossils and rocks selected from the collections of the Natural History Museum, London, as well as other sources.
An Imperial disaster: the wreck of George III.Artist/Author: Roe, M.Add to cart
Travellers’ wildlife guides: Brazil, Amazon and Pantanal.Artist/Author: Pearson, David, L. and Les Beletsky.
In this book is all the information you need to find, identify, and learn about Brazil’s magnificent animal and plant life. Includes identification and location information on the most frequently seen animals. Colour illustrations of more than 500 of Brazil’s most common insects, amphibians, reptiles, mammals and fish. Information on Brazil’s habitats and brief descriptions of the most frequently visited parts and reserves in the Amazon and Pantanal regions.
Tropical visions in an age of empire.Artist/Author: Driver, Felix, and Luciana Martins, editors.
Explores images of the tropical world – maps, paintings, botanical drawings, photographs, diagrams, and texts – produced by European and American travelers over the past three centuries. Bringing together a group of distinguished contributors from disciplines across the arts and humanities, this volume contains eleven illustrated essays.
The contrast between the temperate and the tropical is one of the most enduring themes in the history of the Western geographical imagination. Caught between the demands of experience and representation, documentation and fantasy, travelers in the tropics have often treated tropical nature as a foil to the temperate, to all that is civilized, modest, and enlightened. Covering a wide range of tropical sites in the Pacific, South Asia, West Africa, the Caribbean, and Latin America, the book will appeal to a broad readership: scholars of postcolonial studies, art history, literature, imperial history, history of science, geography and anthropology.
Pioneers of the Pacific: voyages of exploration 1787 – 1810.Artist/Author: Rigby, Nigel and Van der Merwe.
Looks at the voyages of exploration post Captain Cook by William Bligh, George Vancouver, Matthew Flinders, La Perouse and Arthur Phillip.