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Seller: ancientgifts (4,259) 99.4%, Location: Lummi Island, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 381739952336 TRANSLATE Arabic Chinese French German Greek Indonesian Italian Hindi Japanese Korean Swedish Portuguese Russian Spanish Your browser does not support JavaScript. To view this page, enable JavaScript if it is disabled or upgrade your browser. Click here to see 1,000 archaeology/ancient history books and 2,000 ancient artifacts, antique gemstones, antique jewelry! Unknown Shore: The Lost History of England’s Arctic Colony by Robert Ruby. NOTE: We have 75,000 books in our library, almost 10,000 different titles. Odds are we have other copies of this same title in varying conditions, some less expensive, some better condition. We might also have different editions as well (some paperback, some hardcover, oftentimes international editions). If you don’t see what you want, please contact us and ask. We’re happy to send you a summary of the differing conditions and prices we may have for the same title. DESCRIPTION: Softcover: 300 pages. Publisher: Owl Books; (2002). A masterly historical narrative, “Unknown Shore” offers the true story of how the first European colony in North America was lost to memory, then found again three hundred years later. England’s first attempt at colonizing the New World was not a Roanoke or Jamestown, but on a mostly frozen, pocket-sized island in the Canadian Arctic. Queen Elizabeth I called the place “Meta Incognita”, or the “Unknown Shore”. Backed by Elizabeth and her key advisors, the erstwhile pirate Martin Frobisher set out three times across the North Atlantic, in the process leading what remains to this day the largest Artic expedition in history. In this brilliantly conceived dual narrative, Robert Ruby interweaves Frobisher’s saga with that of the nineteenth-century American Charles Francis Hall, whose explorations of this same landscape enabled him to hear the oral history of the Inuit, passed down through the generations. It was these stories that unlocked the mystery of Frobisher’s lost colony. CONDITION: NEW. New oversized softcover. Unblemished, unmarked, pristine in every respect. Pages are pristine; clean, crisp, unmarked, unmutilated, tightly bound, unambiguously unread. Satisfaction unconditionally guaranteed. In stock, ready to ship. No disappointments, no excuses. PROMPT SHIPPING! HEAVILY PADDED, DAMAGE-FREE PACKAGING! PLEASE SEE IMAGES BELOW FOR JACKET DESCRIPTION(S) AND FOR PAGES OF PICTURES FROM INSIDE OF BOOK. PLEASE SEE PUBLISHER, PROFESSIONAL, AND READER REVIEWS BELOW. PUBLISHER REVIEW: REVIEW: A frozen, pocket-sized island in the Canadian Arctic holds the secrets to England's first attempts at colonizing the New World. On this Meta Incognita, or Unknown Shore, as Queen Elizabeth the First called it, England made its first major efforts at western exploration and settlement. In Unknown Shore, author Robert Ruby uncovers the history of Meta Incognita in a story teeming with rich characters and even more fantastical dreams. Unknown Shore is the story of two men's travels and what these men shared three centuries apart. Ultimately it is a tale of men driven by greed and ambition, of the hard labor of exploration, of the Inuit and their land, and of great gambles gone wrong. PROFESSIONAL REVIEWS: REVIEW: Drawing on original documents, public records, and previous research, Ruby meticulously chronicles the voyages of Martin Frobisher and the anthropological travels of Charles Francis Hall, who journeyed to the Canadian Arctic for vastly different reasons. This fascinating history seamlessly moves from Elizabeth I's court to 19th-century whaling boats to the modern descendants of the Inuit whom both Frobisher and Hall encountered. Frobisher was originally looking for a navigable route to China in about 1576 A.D., but later voyages in 1577 and 1578 were strictly for the procurement of gold and the establishment of a British colony, "Meta Incognita." Hall was "called" north in 1860 to rescue the imagined survivors of Sir John Franklin's doomed 1845 expedition. Hall was unsuccessful in reaching the deserted ships but spent three years living with the Inuit of Baffin Island, who eventually led him to the remnants of Frobisher's voyages. He returned in 1864, enduring incredible hardships only to learn of the horrific fate of Franklin's men (starvation, exposure, and cannibalism), thus eliminating the need for Hall to be anyone's "savior." REVIEW: An account of two Arctic explorers and the Meta Incognita (Unknown Shore) that they attempted to settle in England's first attempt at colonizing the New World. In 1576 Martin Frobisher sailed from England in search of a northerly trade route to Asia, the fabled "Northwest Passage" that European mariners wasted centuries searching for. On his first voyage, "monstrous ice" kept his ship from exploring "Frobisher Strait," and he came to the reluctant conclusion that the strait was actually a bay, and thus not the route he was looking for. As proof of having reached land, however, Frobisher brought back to England a captive Inuit and a black stone about the size of a brick. Pieces of the rock were duly sent to assayers, and one of them reported that it contained gold. Not long afterwards Elizabeth I awarded a charter to the Cathay Company (giving it exclusive exploration rights in the region), approved the second and third voyages there, and determined that colonization made financial sense and was to proceed forthwith. As a result, 15 ships and 400 men set out for the Arctic in 1578. Frobisher lost 40 men on the voyage, but he was able to bring home 1,136 tons of the black rock—only to find that it yielded so little gold that it was worthless. The company soon collapsed, and Frobisher's reputation fell with it. Baltimore Sun editor Ruby entwines Frobisher's narrative with that of American newspaper-publisher-turned-explorer Charles Francis Hall, who traveled to the Arctic in 1860. Hall was deeply surprised to learn (from an English-speaking Inuit couple on Baffin Island) of the Frobisher voyages, and he became obsessed with finding the former colony, of which nothing by then remained. A provocative history of Arctic adventure and colonization. Book is augmented with 21 illustrations and 2 maps). REVIEW: During the years 1576 to 1578, Queen Elizabeth I of England sent three expeditions under Martin Frobisher to find the fabled Northwest Passage that led to China. Ruby, an editor with the Baltimore Sun, chronicles in lively prose an incredible saga of man against nature in the failed quest to place a colony in the far north. On the first expeditions, encouraged by assayists in England who were either incompetent or dishonest, former-pirate Frobisher believed he had found gold-bearing rock. Dreaming of fabulous wealth, he hoped the third expedition would establish a colony to mine gold. They failed badly (a few men were accidentally left behind when a sudden gale forced a hurried return to England), having brought back tons of useless rock and kidnapped a few Inuits. The story, buried in documents and technical archeological data, has remained unknown to most history buffs. Ruby's excellent popularized tale of Frobisher and his men draws on the 1860s expedition of American Charles Francis Hall, who recorded oral histories from Inuit people about Frobisher, as well as on more recent archeological findings. The interweaving of these threads into a single narrative makes exciting reading and fills a gap in the early colonization efforts of the New World. REVIEW: Robert Ruby has skillfully interwoven the tale of the Frobisher fiasco and Hall’s discovery of its traces. “Unknown Shore” has more than its share of Piquant detail. Pirates, polar bears, avarice, lust for adventure. Plus an author who engaging perspective makes him as compelling a character as the obsessed explorers he tracks through the ice. Think “Undaunted Courage” meets “Into the Wild”. This finely braided narrative is at once a work of miraculous scholarship and a rollicking good read. READER REVIEWS: REVIEW: Adventure, pirates, history, alchemists and Inuit. This is a tale about an English pirate-turned-explorer who few people have ever heard of, and the establishment of British colony on an Arctic island that is perhaps even less known; but that's short-changing this elaborate true adventure. Bought this one because I liked the author's last book, "Jericho," which was a history of a place, but also of archaeology itself and of wave after wave of quirky scientists who came to study the ruins of the famous city. This new book has an even broader sweep, from pre-naval power London where morality always took a back seat to fortune-seeking, to the coast of West Africa where a ship's crew was worth less to investors than a few tons of pepper, to the Czar's palace in Moscow, the roiling North Atlantic and the confusing, ice-packed passages above North America. This is a tale festooned with accurately-drawn characters. The scholarship is so clearly reliable that you know that you're not getting the pop-magazine caricatures of, say, Sebastian Junger's "The Perfect Storm." Also, with Ruby's style of examining a place through the eyes of multiple adventurers from several eras, you're getting a deeply-textured tale that makes Krakauer's "Into Thin Air" seem one-dimensional. And you also get a fun, and often funny, yarn featuring modern reporters in polar bear pants; privateers who seize all shipping, even that of their countrymen; a pompous alchemist, mutual puzzlement as white man meets Inuit, horrific storms at sea, and discussions of the how Queen Elizabeth's sex life affected exploration. By the end, I had not only enjoyed myself but absorbed an extraordinary amount of the FEEL of an era, or two, and a place. In this sense it's also comparable to Patrick O'Brien's seafaring Maturin and Aubrey series. REVIEW: An unfortunately rare example of an eminently readable work of history. Ruby does an outstanding job of setting his story in the context of the times with a modern historian's insight into social and cultural history. This is far more than just another in a series of the latest vogue in Arctic exploration narratives. Through skillful use of his sources, the author brings both his European and Inuit protagonists to life. The reader is left with the haunting image of fragments of a remote Arctic island studding the landscape of a prosaic London suburb as testimony to both the folly and awe-inspiring tenacity of the sixteenth-century explorers. This is fascinating complementary reading for students of the colonization of other areas of the world. I always ship books Media Mail in a padded mailer. This book is shipped FOR FREE via USPS INSURED media mail (“book rate”). The shipment will include free USPS Delivery Confirmation (you might be able to update the status of your shipment on-line at the USPS Web Site and free insurance coverage). If you are concerned about a little wear and tear to the book in transit, I would suggest a boxed shipment - it is an extra $1.00. Whether via padded mailer or box, we will give discounts for multiple purchases. International orders are welcome, but shipping costs are substantially higher. Most international orders cost an additional $12.99 to $33.99 for an insuredshipment in a heavily padded mailer, and typically includes some form of rudimentary tracking and/or delivery confirmation (though for some countries, this is only available at additional cost). There is also a discount program which can cut postage costs by 50% to 75% if you’re buying about half-a-dozen books or more (5 kilos+). Rates and available services vary a bit from country to country. You can email or message me for a shipping cost quote, but I assure you they are as reasonable as USPS rates allow, and if it turns out the rate is too high for your pocketbook, we will cancel the sale at your request. 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