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This is an auction for EXPLORERS, WHALERS & TATOOED SAILORS, edited by Gordon Ell & Sarah Ell.

"This collection of first-hand accounts, drawn from early writings and out-of-print books, lets the first Europeans to visit this country tell their own stories of exploration, risk and adventure. Abel Tasman and Joseph Banks write of their first encounters with the people of this new land, followed by missionaries, traders, whalers and sealers, regency bucks, gentlemen scientists and entrepreneurs keen to explore its possibilities. Told in their own words, these stories bring to life a young country yet to come under British rule. This collection, first published in 1992 by The Bush Press, brings back into print many hard-to-find and otherwise unpublished stories, packaged in an attractive gift edition with a modern look."

About the Authors: Gordon Ell is the author of more than 30 books for children and adults, specialising in New Zealand history and natural history. Sarah Ell's titles include: Shoot the Breeze: How to speak to a yachtie; Sealers, Whalers and Tattooed Sailors; Sirocco the Rock Star Kakapo; and Our New Zealand. She is a journalist, writer and editor, and has published widely in the history, sailing and young adult fiction genres. As a journalist and subeditor, she has worked for the Auckland Star, Boating New Zealand and Trends. In 2003 When the War Came Home was shortlisted for the LIANZA Esther Glen Medal, and was a 2003 Storylines Notable Senior Fiction Book, while Talking to Adam was a 2006 Storylines Notable Young Adult Fiction Book, and Sirocco a 2013 Storylines Notable Non-fiction Book.

Hardback 2008.

302 pages.

Near new 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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