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1 Appleyard, John. De Luna: Founder of North America's First Colony, Forgotten in the Pages of History. A True Story...Based upon the Letters, Journals and Accounts of the Spanish Colonial Expedition of 1556-61 at Ochuse, La Florida.
Published by the Author, (1977). First Edition. 
Octavo, red leatherette (hardcover), gilt letters, 278 pp. Fine (As New), in a Very Good+ dust jacket with sunned spine. From jacket: De Luna was first...Everything that could happen to an expedition fell upon this hardy conquistador who had marched with Coronado, fought with his king, and whose family was part of the establishment of 16th Century Spain. His was the only colony ever attempted which was organized and fully backed by a major government. The things that occured, and the representations of the characters, require little enlargement. Perhaps, once De Luna has been ciculated, the nation's colonial begginings will be rewritten and the studies of our children altered. 
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2 Balf, Todd. Darkest Jungle: The True Story of the Darien Expedition and America's Ill-Fated Race to Connect the Seas.
New York: Crown Publishers, (2003). First Edition, Review Copy (with Publisher's Release laid-in). 
Octavo, burgundy & brown boards (hardcover), gilt letters, xiv + 331 pp. Fine (As New) in a Fine (As New) dust jacket. From dust jacket: The Darkest Jungle tells the harrowing story of America's first ship canal exploration across a narrow piece of land in Central America called the Darien, a place that loomed large in the minds of the world's most courageous adventurers in the nineteenth century. With rival warships and explorers from England and France days behind, the 27-member U.S. Darien Exploring Expedition landed on the Atlantic shore at Caledonia Bay in eastern Panama to begin their mad dash up the coast-hugging mountains of the Darien wilderness. The whole world watched as this party attempted to be the first to traverse the 40-mile isthmus, the narrowest spot between the Atlantic and Pacific in all the Americas. Later, government investigators would say they were doomed before they started. Amid the speculative feer for the Atlantic and Pacific ship canal, the terrain to be crossed had been grossly misrepresented and fictitiously mapped. By January 27, 1854, the Americans had served out their last provisions and were severely footsore but believed the river they had arrived at was an artery to the Pacfic, their destination. Leading them was the charismatic commander Isaac Strain, and adventuring 33-year-old U.S. Navy lieutenant... The U.S. Darien Exploring Expedition's 97-day ordeal of starvation, exhaustion, and madness -- a tragedy turned “triumph of the soul” due to the courage and self-sacrifice of their leader and the seamen who devotedly followed him -- is one of the great untold tales of human survival and exploration. 
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3 Chapman, Paul H. Columbus, the Man.
Columbus, Ga.: ISAC Press / The Institute for the Study of American Cultures, [1992]. 
1st edition. Octavo, cloth, ix, 141 pp. Fine with dust jacket. 
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4 Chapman, Paul H. Discovering Columbus.
Columbus, GA: ISAC Press, The Institute for the Study of American Cultures, (1992). First Edition, First Printing. 
Octavo, grey cloth (hardcover), silver letters, xvii, 265 pp. Fine in a Fine dust jacket. Illustrated, including numerous maps. From Jacket: Who Was He? When i started this book it was intended to be simply a study of a navigator, by a navigator. Christopher Columbus has been depicted as a braggart, liar and incompetent ass. I found him to be modest, truthful and a highly skilled navigator. Having made these findings, the question arose as to where he could have acquired his skills. Could he have been raised as an illiterate, apprenticed as a wood carder, and gained experience at sea as a passenger, as has been depicted? This led to a search for his true identity. The clues are there to be seen -- if one is not blinded by prejudice. Who was he? Presented here are pertinent facts which answer the questions plaguing historians... 
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5 Chapman, Walker. The Loneliest Continent. The Story of Antartic Discovery.
Greenwich, Connecticut: New York Graphic Society Publishers, Ltd., [1964]. 
Octavo, blue cloth, silver letters, 279 pp. B & w photos, maps. Very Good+ with light edgewear in a like dust jacket. ‘This is the story of the discovery of Antartica: the heroic probing by persevering men of many nationalities into the forbidding ice-bound fastness of the last unkown continent. Chapman, beginning with the imaginative ideas of early Greek geographers, tells of the first South Sea voyages, the rugged adventures of the sealers and whalers of the 18th and 19th centuries, and the first major American expedition - promted by the speeches and writings of a gentleman who believed that habitable worlds inside the earth could be reached through great holes at the Poles. The more scientifically oriented expeditions of this century are described in dtail. Chapman brings to life the courage, ingenuity and sheer physical stamina of Scott, Shackleton, Amundsen, Byrd, Hillary and Fuchs and their companions, pitted against merciless conditions of weather and geography. The final chapters of the book review the recent advances made in the International Geophysical Year, and the richness of the resources modern science can unlock for the future in this frozen world..' 
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6 Chocano, Guadalupe; Vial, Ignacio Fernandez; Varela, Consuelo. La Santa Maria, La Pinta, Y La Nina/The Nina, The Pinta And The Santa Maria.Translated by Paul A. Isbell. [Text in Spanish and English].
The State Enterprise for the Quincentenary, (1991). First Edition. 
Quarto, hardcover (illus. blue boards), full-color illus., 130 pp. Near-Fine, with lightly rubbed edges. 
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7 Comissao Executiva das Comemoracoes do VCentenario da Infante D. Henrique. Monumenta Henricina. Volume II: 1411-1421.
Coimbra, 1960. 
Quarto, paperbound (stiff white illus. wrappers), xv + 485 pp. Good+, with rubbing & light foxing to covers; interior clean & tight. 
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8 Cunliffe, Marcus. The Age of Expansion, 1848-1917.
Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam Company, [1974]. First Edition. 
Octavo, cloth (hardcover), 336 pp. Color plates, illus. Near-Fine, in a chipped dust jacket. 
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9 Danielik Nep. Janos. Columbus Vagy Amerika Folfedezese.
Pesten: Nyomatott Herz Janosnai, 1856. 
Biographies of Columbus have appeared in many countries and most languages, including this book published in Pest (part of presernt-day Budapest), Hungary. Tissue-Protected frontis. The frontispiece portrait of “Columbus Kristof is unique and has appeared only in this 1856 book. 
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10 de Leon, Nestor Ponce. The Columbus Gallery. The Discoverer of the New World, as Represented in Portraits, Monuments, Statues, Medals and Paintings. Historical Description by Nestor Ponce de Leon. Illustrated.
New York: N. Ponce de Leon, Publisher, 1893. 
Quarto, orange cloth (hardcover), gilt letters & decorations to upper cover, 178 pp. Good+, with lightly soiled covers & spine, single leaf loosed. 
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11 Duncan, David Weing. Hernando de Soto: A Savage Quest in the Americas.
Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, (1996). First Edition. 
Octavo, softbound, xxxvii, 570 pp. Maps, illus. Fine (As New). 
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12 Errera, Carlo. L'Epoca delle Grandi Scoperte Geografishe.
Milano: Ulrico Hoepli, 1910. Second Edition, Revised. 
Octavo, half vellum & marbled boards (hardcover), xiv, 463, [i] pp. 22 maps, mostly folding. Near-Fine. 
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13 Fitzgerald, Joseph H. Quest for the Indies: Routes of Exploration, April 23-September 13, 1992.
Historical Museum of Southern Florida, 1992. 
Quarto, softbound (stiff white wrappers illus. in full-color), 28 pp. Fine. Contents: The Driving Force: Setting the Stage for the Age of Exploration; Quest for the indies; Ophir and Tarshish; Treaty of Tordesillas; The Arctic and the Northeast Passage; The Search for a Northwest Passage; Some Pacific Islands Visited by Eurpean Explorers before 1650; Vessels of the Age of Expansion, Discovery and Exploration; Life Aboard Ship, 1450-1650; Winds; The Challenge of Navigation; Medicine in the Age of Exploration; Part II - Maps [Exhibition of the same name, Historical Museum of Southern Florida]; Glossary; Selected Readings; Index to Map Cartographers, Engravers and Publishers; Index to Map Titles. 
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14 Fraina, Luciano F. and Robert W. Tolf; Editors. Columbus Documents: Summaries of Documents in Genoa. Translated by Luciano F. Farina. Edited by Luciano F. Farina and Robert W. Tolf.
Detroit, Michigan: Omnigraphics, Inc., (1992). 
Octavo, hardbound (glossy white, full-color illus. boards), xxix, 166 pp. Fine (As New). From Introduction: Over the centuries, questions about Christopher Columbus's ancestry have generated a great deal of controversy. Many lands have claimed the Discoverer as one of their own...depite the lack of objective documentation to support their claims. And yet such documentation does exist, in the form of fifteenth- and sixteenth-century notorized douments, written in Latin, Italian, and Spanish and stored primarily in Italian and Spanish archives. Columbus Documents is the most comprehensive English-language summary in existence of the known documents pertaining to Columbus's origins. Individual entries for each document cover when it was written, where it was written, the archive where it is stored, the notary who drafted it, the location of the file where it is stored, the name of the individual who discovered the document, and an English-language summary of its contents. Taken together, these 179 documents offer a succinct, detailed history of Columbus's Italian-Genoese heritage. 
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15 Hinman, Eleanor. The Master Puzzle of History. With Illustrations from Photographs by the Author.
Published by the Author, 1947. First Edition. 
Signed & Inscribed by the Author. Octavo, tan cloth (hardcover), unpaginated. Near-Fine, with lightly rubbed spine, with torn dust jacket laid-in. 
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16 Hough, Samuel J. The Italians and the Creation of America: An Exhibition at the John Carter Brown Library, Brown University.
Providence, R.I.: Brown University, 1980. 
1st edition. One of 2,500 copies printed at The Stinehour Press with the plates done by The Meriden Gravure Company. Folio, softbound, 83 pp. Plates. Near-Fine; spine is faded. 
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17 Humboldt, Alexander de and Aime Bonpland. Personal Narrative of Travels to the Equinoctial Regions of the New Continent, During the Years 1799-1804. Written in French by Alexander de Humboldt, and Translated into English by Helen Maria Williams.
New York: AMS Press, 1966. Facsimile reprint of the London edition of 1818-1829. 
7 (9parts) volumes in six, complete. Octavo, cloth (hardcover). Maps, plans. Report of Humboldt's explorations of South America, Central America, and Cuba. Fine. 
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18 Irving, Washington. Kristofer Columbus, Hans Lefnad och Resor.
Washington: Engberg-Holmberg Publishing Co., [1908]. 
Octavo, illustrated blue cloth, [490], [xxiii], [24] pp. Illus., ads. Good; light shelf wear, hinges beginning. 
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19 Janos, Danielik Janos. Columbus Vagy Amerika Folfedezese. Ergi Kanonok, Sajo Szent Peteri cz. Prepost, Papa O Szentsege T. Kamarasa, Bolcseszet-Tudor, S. A. Szentistvan-Tarsulat Alelnoke.
Pesten: Nyomatott Herz Janosnal, 1856. 
Octavo, leather backed brown boards (hardcover), marbled edges, folding-map, tissue-protected frontis. portrait of “Columbus Kristof”, 406 pp. Fair, with edgewear and rubbing to covers and spine; spine cracked along upper hinge. 
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20 Janvier, Thomas A. Henry Hudson: A Brief Statement of His Aims and his Achievements. To Which is Added A Newly-Discovered Partial Record, Now First Published, of The Trial of the Mutineers by Whom He and Others Were Abandoned to Their Death.
New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1909. First Edition. 
Octavo, blue cloth, paper illus., uncut (some unopened), issue-protected frontis., 148 pp.Very Good, with rubbing to white letters of upper cover & spine, light edgewear. 
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