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    DescriptionWilliam Dampier, (1651-1715), was an English adventurer and pirate who preyed on ships on the Spanish Main. Poor and ill-educated and determined to make his fortune, he nonetheless had a passion for exploration and scientific research. Dampier was the first to map the winds and currents of the world's oceans; led the first recorded party of Englishmen to set foot on Australia - 80 years before Cook; wrote about Galapagos wildlife 150 years before Darwin, who drew on Dampier's notes in his own work; was the first travel writer: A NEW VOYAGE AROUND THE WORLD was instant bestseller when it was published in 1697 - said to have influenced the novels of Swift and Defoe. A man full of contradictions: he who achieved so much 'blew it' later in life, declining into scandal, failure and even farce. A unique man ahead of his time, he lived a large part of his life among pirates yet managed to preserve what Coleridge called his exquisite refinement of mind. A classic example of the best narrative history


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    Title
    A Pirate of Exquisite Mind
    Subtitle
    The Life of William Dampier
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Diana Preston, By (author) Michael Preston
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 512
    Width: 128 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 32 mm
    Weight: 322 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780552772105
    ISBN 10: 0552772100
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: BIO
    BIC subject category V2: HBTM, BGH
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.2
    DC22: 910.92
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15700
    BISAC V2.8: BIO023000, HIS010000
    Thema V1.0: DNBH, NHTM
    Illustrations note
    Illustrations, maps, ports.
    Publisher
    Transworld Publishers Ltd
    Imprint name
    Corgi Books
    Publication date
    01 April 2005
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Diana Preston is an Oxford-trained historian, writer, and broadcaster who lives in London. She is the author of The Road to Culloden Moor; A First Rate Tragedy: Robert Falcon Scott and the Race to the South Pole; The Boxer Rebellion and Wilful Murder: The Sinking of the Lusitania. Michael Preston, Diana Preston's husband, read English at Oxford University and is now an historian and traveller.
    Review quote
    "Lively... extraordinary life - an unlikely combination of plundering and pioneering achievements in natural history and exploration" The Sunday Times "Gripping and well-researched... An impressive achievement" Guardian "This long overdue biography wonderfully brings to life one of the most important explorers of the seventeenth century" -- Nathaniel Philbrick, author of In the Heart of the Sea "This eloquently enthusiastic biography, besides charting Dampier's astonishing achievements, offers fascinating information about his times" The Age, Melbourne