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Off the map : tales of endurance and exploration

Author: Fergus Fleming
Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, 2005, ©2004.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st American edView all editions and formats
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Some of the most extreme adventures man has ever endured. Each tale describes the exploits in vigorous and evocative prose giving individual stories a vitality that they might lack if told at greater length. A fascinating testament to the achievement of explorers and will entertain even the most weathered of arm-chair adventurers.
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Fergus Fleming
ISBN: 0871138999 9780871138996
OCLC Number: 59881659
Notes: Originally published: London : Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 2004.
Description: x, 518 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: pt. 1. The age of reconnaissance: To the heart of the Mongol Empire : Marco Polo (1271-95) --
The wanderings of Ibn Battuta (1325-55) --
Sailing west to America : Christopher Columbus (1492-1506) --
East to the Indies : Vasco da Gama (1497-9) --
A passage to the Pacific : Ferdinand Magellan (1519-22) --
Adventures in the Amazon : Francisco de Orellana (1541-6) --
The quest for the North-East Passage : William Barents (1594-7) --
Mutiny in the Arctic : Henry Hudson (1610-11) --
Looking for a North-West Passage : Luke Foxe and Thomas James (1631-2) --
Colonizing the American wilderness : René La Salle (1669-87) --
pt. 2. The age of inquiry: Linking Russia and America : Vitus Bering (1725-42) --
Measuring the world : Charles-Marie de la Condamine (1735-45) --
In search of the great southern continent : James Cook (1768-79) --
The conquest of Mont Blanc : Horace-Bénédict de Saussure (1760-88) --
Into the heart of South America : Alexander von Humboldt (1799-1803) --
The great trigonometrical survey (1800-66) --
Across the American wilderness : Meriwether Lewis and William Clark (1803-6) --
Furthest into the Arctic : W.E. Parry (1818-27) --
Across Canada's badlands : John Franklin (1818-25) --
The quest for the Niger : Hugh Clapperton and Richard Landler (1821-31) --
The road to Timbuctoo : Gordon Laing and René Caillié (1824-8) --
Four winters in the Arctic : John Ross (1829-33) --
Charting the Antarctic : James Clark Ross (1839-43). The search for Franklin (1845-59) --
pt. 3. The age of endeavor: Crossing the Australian continent : Robert Burke and William Wills (1860-1) --
The source of the Nile : Richard Burton and John Speke (1857-65) --
The conquest of the Matterhorn : Edward Whymper (1865) --
The great survey : the pundits (1865-1902) --
Marooned off Greenland : Paul Hegemann and Karl Koldewey (1869-70) --
An Arctic drift : Charles Hall, George Tyson and the Polaris (1871-3) --
Across the dark continent : David Livingstone and H.M. Stanley (1871-7) --
The discovery of Franz Josef Land : Carl Weyprecht and Julius von Payer (1872-4) --
Britain's fight for the North Pole : George Nares (1875-6) --
A Siberian disaster : George De Long (1879-82) --
Tragedy on Ellesmere Island : Adolphus Greely (1881-4) --
Skiing to the North Pole : Fridtjof Nansen (1893-6) --
By balloon to the top of the world : Salomon Andrée (1897) --
Across the Sahara to the Congo : Fernand Foureau (1899-1900) --
Italy's northernmost : the Duke of Abruzzi (1899-1900) --
The Pole at last? : Robert Peary and Frederick Cook (1908-9) --
The race for the South Pole : Robert Scott and Roald Amundsen (1911-12) --
Alone in the Antarctic : Douglas Mawson (1911-13) --
The Imperial TransAntarctic Expedition : Ernest Shackleton (1914-16) --
The conquest of Everest? : George Mallory and Sandy Irvine (1924) --
By airship to the North Pole : Umberto Nobile (1928).
Responsibility: as told by Fergus Fleming.
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Some of the most extreme adventures man has ever endured. Each tale describes the exploits in vigorous and evocative prose giving individual stories a vitality that they might lack if told at greater length. A fascinating testament to the achievement of explorers and will entertain even the most weathered of arm-chair adventurers.

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