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    The Death Ship (Musaicum Adventure Classics)

    William Clark Russell

    Geoffrey Fenton is a second-rate officer who embarks on the ship called Saracen. On the high seas, they have an encounter with a brig who claims to have sighted the mythical ghost ship of the Flying Dutchman, cursed ship that can never reach land, condemned to sail forever and ever, bringing bad luck to any ship that crosses its path. This information starts haunting the captain of the Saracen due to the contagious bad luck that this may entail and it turns out to be right when Fenton suffers an accident. He gets rescued by the ghostly crew of the Flying Dutchmen and the infamous Captain Vanderdecken. His only mission becomes to escape from the Death Ship.

    An Essay Concerning Humane Understanding

    John Locke

    This book analyzes the foundation of human knowledge and understanding. Locke describes the mind at birth as a blank slate (tabula rasa) filled later through experience. The essay was one of the principal sources of empiricism in modern philosophy, and influenced many enlightenment philosophers, such as David Hume and George Berkeley. Book I of the Essay is Locke's attempt to refute the rationalist notion of innate ideas. Book II sets out his theory of ideas, including his distinction between passively acquired simple ideas, such as «red», «sweet», «round», etc., and actively built complex ideas, such as numbers, causes and effects, abstract ideas, ideas of substances, identity, and diversity. Book III is concerned with language and Book IV with knowledge, including intuition, mathematics, moral philosophy, natural philosophy («science»), faith, and opinion.

    History of the War in Afghanistan

    Sir John William Kaye

    History of the War in Afghanistan is a historical work on the First Anglo-Afghan War fought between the British East India Company and the Pashtun tribesmen from 1839 to 1842. The author, British military historian Sir John William Kaye, gathered stories and narratives from numerous soldiers and participants of the war, and took up on himself to collect their experiences in a three volume edition. The first volume serves mostly as an introduction and covers the period from 1800 to 1839, providing the insight in the Anglo-Afghan relations before the war. The second volume covers the war years from 1839 to 1841 when the British successfully intervened in a succession dispute between emir Dost Mohammad and former emir Shah Shujah, whom they installed upon conquering Kabul in August 1839. The main British Indian and Sikh force occupying Kabul along with their camp followers, having endured harsh winters as well, was almost completely annihilated while retreating in January 1842. Finally, the third volume covers the year 1842. The British sent an Army of Retribution to Kabul to avenge their defeat, and having demolished parts of the capital and recovered prisoners they left Afghanistan altogether by the end of the year. Dost Mohamed returned from exile in India to resume his rule and this war was known by the British as the Disaster in Afghanistan.

    The Tavern Knight (Historical Novel)

    Rafael Sabatini

    Set in England during the time of Cromwell, The Tavern Knight follows a manly knight on his mission of vengeance. Crispin Galliard is a very skilled and famous soldier with a rough reputation, known in the army as the Tavern Knight because of his drunken and rowdy behavior. He carries a grudge against some people who ruined his life and stole his innocence, and he patiently awaits for an opportunity to extract his revenge. When he meets Kenneth, a young man with some useful ties, he starts making a plot to finally get a shot at vengeance after helping Charles II escape the forces of Oliver Cromwell.

    Cesare Borgia

    Rafael Sabatini

    The Life of Cesare Borgia is a biographical account of Italian politician and mercenary leader whose fight for power was a major inspiration for The Prince by Machiavelli. Cesare Borgia was an illegitimate son of Pope Alexander VI and member of the Spanish-Aragonese House of Borgia, which rose to prominence during the Italian Renaissance. After initially entering the church and becoming a cardinal on his father's election to the Papacy, he became, after the death of his brother in 1498, the first person to resign a cardinalate. He served as a condottiero for the King of France Louis XII around 1500 and occupied Milan and Naples during the Italian Wars. At the same time he carved out a state for himself in Central Italy, but after his father's death he was unable to retain power for long. The author's goal was to, through the thorough research, present a faithful biography of Cesare Borgia leaving aside the bad reputation he and his family had. He used numerous primary sources to scrape away centuries of innuendo, hypotheses and reiterated falsehoods that have varnished the Borgias. The author criticizes much of the previous historical work that shines a dark light on the life of the 16th century Borgias. He goes to great lengths to provide proof for his history and dispels the myths and bad name the Borgias have had at the hands of historians over the centuries.

    Fantasmagoriana - Collected Tales of Ghosts

    Johann Karl August Musäus

    "Fantasmagoriana – Collected Tales of the Dead" were the very ghost stories that inspired and gave rise to classics like Frankenstein and The Vampyre. Originally translated from German, these tales have retained their charm, chilling effect, horror and suspense until today. Contents: The Family Portraits The Fated Hour The Death's Head The Death-Bride The Storm The Spectre-Barber or, Dumb Love Excerpt: "It is generally believed that at this time of day no one puts any faith in ghosts and apparitions. Yet, on reflection, this opinion does not appear to me quite correct: for, without alluding to workmen in mines, and the inhabitants of mountainous countries,—the former of whom believe in spectres and hobgoblins presiding over concealed treasures, and the latter in apparitions and phantoms announcing either agreeable or unfortunate tidings,—may we not ask why amongst ourselves there are certain individuals who have a dread of passing through a church-yard after night-fall? Why others experience an involuntary shuddering at entering a church, or any other large uninhabited edifice, in the dark? And, in fine, why persons who are deservedly considered as possessing courage and good sense, dare not visit at night even places where they are certain of meeting with nothing they need dread from living beings? They are ever repeating, that the living are only to be dreaded; and yet fear night, because they believe, by tradition, that it is the time which phantoms choose for appearing to the inhabitants of the earth…"

    The Complete Poetry

    Эдгар Аллан По

    Musaicum Books presents to you this meticulously edited Poe poetry collection: Content: The Raven Poems of Later Life The Bells Ulalume To Helen Annabel Lee A Valentine An Enigma To My Mother For Annie To F— To Frances S. Osgood Eldorado Eulalie A Dream Within a Dream To Marie Louise (Shew) To Marie Louise The City in the Sea The Sleeper Bridal Ballad Poems of Manhood Lenore To One in Paradise The Coliseum The Haunted Palace The Conqueror Worm Silence Dreamland To Zante Hymn Scenes from Politian Poems of Youth To Science Al Aaraaf Tamerlane To Helen The Valley of Unrest Israfel To the River Song Spirits of the Dead A Dream Romance Fairyland The Lake Evening Star Imitation The Happiest Day Hymn Dreams In Youth I have known one A Pæan Doubtful Poems Alone To Isadore The Village Street The Forest Reverie Other Poems An Acrostic Beloved Physician The Doomed City Deep in Earth The Divine Right of Kings Elizabeth Enigma Epigram for Wall Street Evangeline Fanny Impromptu – To Kate Carol Lines on Ale O, Tempora! O, Mores! Poetry Serenade Spiritual Song Stanzas Stanzas – to F. S. Osgood Tamerlane (early version) To — To Isaac Lea To Margaret To Miss Louise Olivia Hunter To Octavia The Valley Nis Visit of the Dead Prose Poems The Island of the Fay The Power of Words The Colloquy of Monos and Una The Conversation of Eiros and Charmion Shadow—a Parable Silence—a Fable Essays The Philosophy of Composition The Rationale of Verse The Poetic Principle Old English Poetry Biography The Dreamer by Mary Newton Stanard

    The Legends of Christ

    Selma Lagerlöf

    Christ Legends is a collection of children stories with Jesus Christ as the main character. Lagerlöf brings the stories of Jesus' birth and childhood in a way that children can learn about faith and at the same time enjoy wonderful stories. The Holy Night The Emperor's Vision The Wise Men's Well Bethlehem's Children The Flight Into Egypt In Nazareth In the Temple Saint Veronica's Kerchief Robin Redbreast Our Lord and Saint Peter The Sacred Flame


    James Jackson Jarves

    "Kiana: A Tradition of Hawaii" goes into cultural heritage of Hawaii, trying to explore the origin of Hawaiian traditions. The author manages to separate and trace down several layers of heritage starting from the first settlers to the Spanish explorers of the 16th century.

    The Complete Sci-Fi Works of Olaf Stapledon

    Olaf Stapledon

    Enjoy this meticulously edited SF Collection, filled with space adventures, dystopian novels and apocalyptic tales: Novels: Last and First Men: A Story of the Near and Far Future Last Men in London Odd John: A Story Between Jest and Earnest Star Maker Darkness and the Light Sirius: A Fantasy of Love and Discord Death into Life Short Stories: The Flames (1947) The Seed and the Flower The Road to the Aide Post A Modern Magician East is West A World of Sounds Arms Out of Hand