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Enrich your travels with reading! Here's a hand-picked list prepared for your journey in conjunction with the book experts at Longitude.

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Volcanoes, Fire from the Earth

Volcanoes, Fire from the Earth

by Maurice Krafft

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1993
  • PAPER
  • 175 PAGES
  • HARD TO FIND ELSEWHERE

By the great French volcanologist (who died on the job on Mount Unzen in Japan in 1992), this pocket guide features hundreds of full-color paintings and traces the study of volcanoes from early myth and legend to modern science. (GEO06, $15.95)

Eyewitness Guide Canary Islands

Eyewitness Guide Canary Islands

by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

This compact, visually appealing guide features excellent short essays on the history, nature and attractions of the islands, color photographs and many maps. (CNY05, $25.00)

Gran Canaria Map

Gran Canaria Map

by Freytag & Berndt

  • 2008
  • MAP

Showing the island at a scale of 1:75,000. (SPN511, $12.95)

 
Spain & Portugal Adventure Map

Spain & Portugal Adventure Map


by National Geographic

  • 2011
  • MAP

A double-sided full color map of Spain and Portugal at a scale of 1:1,000,000 with good shaded relief, topographic detail, roads and waterways. (SPN22, $12.95)

Lonely Planet Canary Islands

Lonely Planet Canary Islands


by Damien Simonis

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

An excellent practical guide to the Canary Islands geared for independent travelers. (CNY02, $19.99)

Spain, The Root and the Flower

Spain, The Root and the Flower


by John A. Crow

  • HISTORY
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 455 PAGES

Take this book with you to Spain: it's an absorbing, well-written account of Spanish cultural history from prehistory to the Romans, Jews, Moors, Golden Age and on to Franco and his legacy in modern Spain. (SPN13, $29.95)

The Discoverers

The Discoverers


by Daniel Boorstin

  • EXPLORATION
  • 1985
  • PAPER
  • 745 PAGES

This wide-ranging and readable account of exploration by Daniel Boorstin includes a chapter on some of the great sea voyages, including Magellan's voyage to Tierra del Fuego and Cook's extraordinary journey into the Southern Ocean. (EXP01, $18.95)

Pillars of Hercules

Pillars of Hercules


by Paul Theroux

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 509 PAGES

Theroux seems to have had an exceptionally good time on his tour of the Mediterranean, circling the celebrated sea on foot, horseback, train and boat from Gibraltar to North Africa. (MED20, $17.00)

Underwater to Get Out of the Rain, A Love Affair with the Sea

Underwater to Get Out of the Rain, A Love Affair with the Sea


by Trevor Norton

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 385 PAGES

Marine biologist Norton deftly writes of a life enchanted by the sea, weaving tales of adventure and science with memoir and nature. (OCE108, $14.95)

A Short History of Planet Earth: Mountains, Mammals, Fire, and Ice

A Short History of Planet Earth: Mountains, Mammals, Fire, and Ice


by J.D. MacDougal

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

From the primordial soup to the rise of continents, earthquakes, volcanoes and explosion of life on our planet, this short book chronicles 4.5 billion years of Earth history. (GEO04, $16.95)

Islands Beyond the Horizon

Islands Beyond the Horizon


by Roger Lovegrove

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2012
  • HARD COVER
  • 224 PAGES

Director of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds in Wales for three decades, Lovegrove shows his fondness for 20 birdy places in this roundup of "the most remote, remarkable, places," from South Georgia in the Southern Ocean to Mykines in the Faroe Islands and Tristan da Cunha, perhaps the most remote place on earth. How many have you visited? (NAT268, $29.95)

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