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This is a second-hand soft-cover book.

Condition: There is a name and address stamped in the top corner of the first page. The top right corner of the book has a slight bend; the book lies flat. The rest of the book has no faults. The pages are clean and bright.

The dimensions: 211 x 298 mm
Pages: 162
Publisher: Te Papa Press
Publication date: 2001 first edition

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The Merchant of the Zeehaen
By Grahame Anderson

Isaac Glisemans and the voyages of Able Tasman

This book is essential reading for all armchair sailors, and everyone interested in exploration, New Zealand history, voyages of discovery, and map-making.

Who was Tasman, and what kind of explorer was he? How good were his seamanship and navigation skills? Thanks to his biographer and generations of scholars, the exploits of James Cook are well known, and his achievement is fully understood. But Tasman is a much more ambiguous figure. At the time, his voyages were thought to be of no great merit. At best he was credited with making an arms'-length circumnavigation of 'New Holland', the island continent we now know as Australia. Even today our view of Tasman is cloudy and incomplete.

In this ground-breaking book, based on new research, Grahame Anderson tells the story of Tasman's voyages of exploration, and explains the pivotal role of Isaac Gilsemans, the 'Merchant of the Zeehaen, who sailed with him in 1642-3. Cartographer, illustrator, editor, and explorer, it was Gilsemans who drew the coastal profiles of lands visited during the voyages.

Written with the general reader in mind, The Merchant of the Zeehaen paints a vivid picture of Tasman's achievements as navigator and explorer, and reveals the role played in them by his Merchant, Isaac Gilsemans.

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