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  • Chinaby John Keay

    Basic Books 2009; US$ 21.99

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  • The Mammoth Book of Travel in Dangerous Places: Siberia and Alaskaby John Keay

    Constable & Robinson 2012; US$ 0.86

    Stranded on Bering Island - Georg Wilhelm Steller As physician and scientific know-all on Vitus Bering's 1741 voyage, Steller shared its triumphs, including landing the first Europeans in Alaska. He also shared its disasters. Returning across the north Pacific to Russian Kamchatka, the crew was stricken with scurvy and the vessel grounded. Bering... more...

  • The Mammoth Book of Travel in Dangerous Places: Central and South Asiaby John Keay

    Constable & Robinson 2012; US$ 2.17

    Alarms amongst the Uzbeks - Alexander Burnes Of all the "forbidden" cities (Timbuktu, Mecca, Lhasa, Riyadh and so on) none enjoyed a more fearsome reputation that Bukhara in Uzbekistan. The first British Indian expedition, that of William Moorcroft in 1819-26, had never returned. Moorcroft's disappearance, like that of Livingstone or Franklin,... more...

  • The Mammoth Book of Travel in Dangerous Places: Arabiaby John Keay

    Constable & Robinson 2012; US$ 1.30

    Escape from Riyadh - William Gifford Palgrave A scholar and a solider, a Jesuit and a Jew, a French spy and a British ambassador- Palgrave was a man of contradictions, all of them highly compromised when in 1862-3, fortified by Pius IX's blessing and Napoleon III's cash, he attempted the first west- east crossing of the Arabian peninsular. To... more...

  • The Mammoth Book of Travel in Dangerous Places: North Americaby John Keay

    Constable & Robinson 2012; US$ 0.86

    First Crossing of America - Alexander Mackenzie "Endowed by nature with an acquisitive mind and an enterprising spirit", Mackenzie, a Scot engaged in the Canadian fur trade, resolved, as he out it "to test the practicability of penetrating across the continent of America". In 1789 he followed a river (the Mackenzie) to the sea; but it turned... more...

  • The Mammoth Book of Travel in Dangerous Places: West Africaby John Keay

    Constable & Robinson 2012; US$ 2.17

    Alone in Africa - Mungo Park Park's 1795-7 odyssey in search of the Niger first awakened the world to the feasibility of a white man penetrating sub-Saharan Africa. But unlike his illustrious successors, this quiet tenant farmer's son from the Scottish Borders travelled alone; relieved of his meager possessions, he was soon wholly dependant... more...

  • The Mammoth Book of Travel in Dangerous Places: East and Central Africaby John Keay

    Constable & Robinson 2012; US$ 2.90

    Among the Sudanese - James Bruce Bruce reached the source of the Blue Nile in 1771, a century before the search for the source of the White Nile became headline news. His descriptions of the cruelties and orgies at Gondar, the Ethiopian capital, were greeted with disbelief; so was his account of the Sudanese rulers, and their queens, at Sennar.... more...

  • The Mammoth Book of Travel in Dangerous Places: Australiaby John Keay

    Constable & Robinson 2012; US$ 1.88

    Landfall at Botany Bay - James Cook The son of a Yorkshire farm labourer, Cook won distinction as a naval hydrographer but was still a controversial choice to command a voyage of scientific observation to the Pacific in 1768. Its results, including the first coastal surveys of New Zealand and eastern Australia, led to a second voyage to the south... more...

  • The Mammoth Book of Travel in Dangerous Places: South Americaby John Keay

    Constable & Robinson 2012; US$ 1.30

    Eating Dirt in Venezuela - Alexander von Humboldt Geographer, geologist, naturalist, anthropologist, physician and philosopher, Baron von Humboldt brought to exploration a greater range of enquiry than any contemporary. Also an indomitable traveller, particularly in the Orinoco/Amazon basin (1799-1804), he often invited danger but always... more...

  • The Mammoth Book of Travel in Dangerous Places: Arcticby John Keay

    Constable & Robinson 2012; US$ 1.88

    Four Years in the Ice - John Ross Disgraced and dishonored for his report of an imaginary mountain range blocking the most likely access to the North West Passage, in 1829 Ross returned to Canada's frozen archipelago to vindicate his reputation. He rounded the north of Baffin Island and entered what he named the Gulf of Boothia. Here the Victory,... more...