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The Art And Life Of Pompeii And Herculaneum
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The Art And Life Of Pompeii And Herculaneum

By Michael Grant

New but minor label removed on the inside cover. Preserved by the catastrophic eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, many of Pompeii's temples, homes, public spaces, and artistic treasures remain intact, providing us with a remarkable inheritance of a long-gone era. This insightful volume—complete with photographs, three-dimensional reconstructions, drawings, and meticulously plotted maps and floor plans—is essential for anyone intending to visit the city. Now available in a new, smaller trim size, it presents a wealth of information on Pompeii's archaeological sites, cultural universe, and everyday life.

$25.00

Crossing the Continent 1527-1540
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Crossing the Continent 1527-1540

By Robert Goodwin

2008. Hardcover. New. The true story of America's first great explorer and adventurer—an African slave named Esteban Dorantes Crossing the Continent takes us on an epic journey from Africa to Europe and America as Dr. Robert Goodwin chronicles the incredible adventures of the African slave Esteban Dorantes (1500-1539), the first pioneer from the Old World to explore the entirety of the American south and the first African-born man to die in North America about whom anything is known. Goodwin's groundbreaking research in Spanish archives has led to a radical new interpretation of American history—one in which an African slave emerges as the nation's first great explorer and adventurer. Nearly three centuries before Lewis and Clark's epic trek to the Pacific coast, Esteban and three Spanish noblemen survived shipwreck, famine, disease, and Native American hostility to make the first crossing of North America in recorded history. Drawing on contemporary accounts and long-lost records, Goodwin recounts the extraordinary story of Esteban's sixteenth-century odyssey, which began in Florida and wound through what is now Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona, as far as the Gulf of California. Born in Africa and captured at a young age by slave traders, Esteban was serving his owner, a Spanish captain, when their disastrous sea voyage to the New World nearly claimed his life. Eventually he emerged as the leader of the few survivors of this expedition, guiding them on an extraordinary eight-year march westward to safety. On the group's return to the Spanish imperial capital at Mexico City, the viceroy appointed Esteban as the military commander of a religious expedition sent to establish a permanent Spanish route into Arizona and New Mexico. But during this new adventure, as Esteban pushed deeper and deeper into the unknown north, Spaniards far to the south began to hear strange rumors of his death at Zuni Pueblo in New Mexico. Filled with tales of physical endurance, natural calamities, geographical wonders, strange discoveries, and Esteban's almost mystical dealings with Native Americans, Crossing the Continent challenges the traditional telling of our nation's early history, placing an African and his relationship with the Indians he encountered at the heart of a new historical record.

$22.00

Ancient Inventions
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Ancient Inventions

By Peter James; Nick Thorpe

1994. Hardcover. Like New. Dust jacket shows some signs of minor wear. Team engines to Roman fire engines . . . Aztec chewing gum to Etruscan false teeth . . . earthquake detectors in China to electric batteries in Iraq . . . stone-age brain surgery to middle-age hand grenades . . . here's a lively and fascinating look at the genuine wonders of the past.

$15.00

1607: Jamestown and the New World
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1607: Jamestown and the New World

By Dennis Montgomery

2007. Paperback. New. 1607 vividly tells the story of the founding of Jamestown, recounting the situation of the original Indian inhabitants, the arrival of British settlers 400 years ago, the building of the town-and modern excavations at the site. Along the way, we meet such familiar figures as King James, John Smith, and Pocahontas, but we also come across strange episodes of cannibalism and skullduggery, heroism, and romantic love.

$15.00