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This is an auction for CAPTAIN COOK: THE SEAMEN'S SEAMAN, by Alan Villiers.

"His use of seafaring terms gives his story an Elizabethan richness of language, while the feel of the open sea, of the various weathers and the challenge of the ships can be felt on every page. It must have been hell to sail on those cockleshells, but it makes the blood tingle to read about them."
- New York Times reviews:

"Captain Cook was history's greatest explorer. Alan Villiers helps us come to grips with the scope of Cook's accomplishments. As a deep-water sailor himself, Villiers puts into perspective not only the technical problems and accomplishments, but those of body and spirit as well."

"FIVE STARS!! Villiers was an excellent writer and his book is a masterpiece both in laying the foundation for the history into which James Cook sailed as well as in telling the story. An accomplished sailor himself, Villiers writes with an understanding of the subject that translates easily to the reader. His turn of phrase and elegant prose is a joy to read. Its cultural/sociological insights, while seen through the eyes of an 18th century Brit, add much to the tale. Highly recommended! (Note: Those who have read Patrick O'Brian's books are familiar with Jack Aubrey's rantings about the criminal outfitting done in naval dock yards of the era. We see the deadly consequences of such in Cook's voyage.)"

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Paperback 2002.

256 pages + illustrations and maps.

Good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95 (ordinary post) or $6.95 (tracked mail). If you are on rural delivery and want tracked mail, the shipping cost will be $9.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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