Adventurous and willful, the swashbuckling Martin Frobisher was both a brave sea-commander who served Elizabeth I with distinction and a privateer who pursued his own interests. This entertaining biography provides a complete picture of Frobisher's exploits--from his voyages in search of the fabled Northwest Passage to his adventures as a sometime ...
Adventurous and willful, the swashbuckling Martin Frobisher was both a brave sea-commander who served Elizabeth I with distinction and a privateer who pursued his own interests. This entertaining biography provides a complete picture of Frobisher's exploits--from his voyages in search of the fabled Northwest Passage to his adventures as a sometime pirate. 12 illustrations. 512 p.
Very Good in Fine jacket. Collectible. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Cloth, gilt, xv, 509 pp.,  of plates, illus. (some col. ), maps, biblio., index; 24 cm. Near fine. Firm binding, clean inside copy. Faint dust spotting/top edge. First Edition, First Printing. Dust jacket protected in a mylar book cover. OVERSIZE! No priority/international, except by special arrangement. CONTENTS: To serve his owne turne: c. 1535-74; The glittering fleece that he doth bring: 1574-79; Fame deferred: 1579-85; The end of peace: 1585-88; The Queen's admiral: 1589-94.
Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. Hardcover. Yale University Press, 2001. 1st Edition/1st Printing. Near Fine Book in Near Fine Dust Jacket. Light wear to Book and Jacket. Aside from inside book cover with a scrape and scratches and small edge tear to Dust Jacket, overall a clean and tight copy. Additionally, Dust Jacket protected with a new clear archival cover. Book wrapped in bubble wrap. Media mail delivered in a box, Priority in a Flat Rate Envelope. Shipped quickly. Prompt response to questions.
Publishers Weekly, 2001-04-09 Frobisher Bay in the Canadian subarctic and a plaque at St. Giles Cripplegate in London are all that remain of the memory of Sir Martin Frobisher (1535-1594). McDermott's crowded biography, as thorough a life of the elusive adventurer as the relatively few available facts make possible, traces his checkered career from a stark Yorkshire boyhood to the coasts of Africa and North America, and his privateering on the Atlantic to his later undertakings for Queen Elizabeth. McDermott fills in the gaps with supposition and parallel descriptions of such seafaring contemporaries as Drake and Hawkings, veering off into material that few readers, other than aficionados of privateering and particularly those knowledgeable about antique nautical terms, would care to know. Frobisher's three unrewarding voyages to barren "Meta Incognita" (now Baffin Island) in search of a northwest passage to the Orient and failed get-rich-quick scheme to mine for gold in Inuit country left him in need of money, and so he resumed his semi-official piracy of foreign ships. Elizabeth, who in 1588 was in need of a tough captain, made Frobisher a vice-admiral, and his role in thwarting the Spanish Armada earned him a knighthood. Despite the dry prose, independent historian McDermott, who has been researching his hero for 30 years, successfully evokes the life of an admittedly unlikable character, as he survived the downside of ambition and climbed upward no matter what the cost to others. Ultimately, the fame of his "brief asides" into legitimacy, even his heroic death during a mission "under the authority of the Broad Seal of England," McDermott concludes with apparent sadness, "should not disguise the truth of a career whose despoliations had defined Martin Frobisher." Color illus. not seen by PW. (May) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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