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  • Postcards from Stanlandby David H. Mould

    Ohio University Press 2016; US$ 19.99

    Central Asia has long stood at the crossroads of history. It was the staging ground for the armies of the Mongol Empire, for the nineteenth-century struggle between the Russian and British empires, and for the NATO campaign in Afghanistan. more...

  • A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italyby Laurence Sterne

    The Floating Press 1892; US$ 3.99

    Sterne travelled through France and Italy three years prior to writing A Sentimental Journey, which he completed on his death bed. The protagonist is a thinly-disguised Sterne who recounts his - mostly amorous - adventures through the two countries. Sterne very particularly wanted the account to be subjective; he discusses opinions and morals and personal... more...

  • Survivors in Mexicoby Rebecca West

    Open Road Media 2011; US$ 9.99

    A travelogue and historical exploration of Mexico from one of the twentieth century?s greatest travel writers Dame Rebecca West travels through Mexico and explores its people, history, religion, and culture in her unfinished work Survivors in Mexico , carefully stitched together by Bernard Schweizer in this posthumously published edition. West... more...

  • Terra Incognitaby Sara Wheeler

    Random House Publishing Group 2014; US$ 18.00

    It is the coldest, windiest, driest place on earth, an icy desert of unearthly beauty and stubborn impenetrability. For centuries, Antarctica has captured the imagination of our greatest scientists and explorers, lingering in the spirit long after their return. Shackleton called it "the last great journey"; for Apsley Cherry-Garrard it was the worst... more...

  • The Travels of Ibn Battutaby Ibn Battuta; Samuel Lee

    Dover Publications 2013; US$ 16.95

    In 1326, Ibn Battuta began a pilgrimage to Mecca that ended 27 years and 75,000 miles later. His engrossing account of that journey provides vivid scenes from Morocco, southern Russia, India, China, and elsewhere. "Essential reading . . . the ultimate in real life adventure stories." ? History in Review. more...

  • The Travels of Sir John Mandevilleby John Mandeville

    Dover Publications 2013; US$ 7.99

    One of the most influential books of the medieval period, John Mandeville's fourteenth-century work was written, ostensibly, to encourage and instruct pilgrims traveling to the Holy Land. A thorough compendium of medieval lore, the travel book proved to be a great success throughout Europe. (Among his alleged readers were Leonardo da Vinci and Christopher... more...

  • Travels with Berthaby Paul Martin

    Liberties Press 2014; US$ 11.65

    The Queensland drug dealer-turned-miner who had blown off all his fingers in repeated work accidents; the Adelaide Aborigine whose Irish uncle, in revenge for Captain Cook, claimed the territory of Britain for Australia from the top of Big Ben; the ex-alcoholic in Tasmania relieved that his bi-polar condition could be traced back to his direct ancestor,... more...

  • Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennesby Robert Louis Stevenson

    ReadHowYouWant 2006; US$ 3.99

    An absorbing sketch of Stevenson’s travelling experiences through the Cevennes Mountains in France is presented here. His various adventures have been wonderfully brought to life in these pages. The journey was initially meant as a diversion from stress of his daily life. A pioneering classic of outdoor literature, it impresses with its colourful... more...

  • Two Years Before the Mastby Richard Henry Dana

    Digital Scanning, Inc. 2001; US$ 4.95

    Two Years Before The Mast is a wonderful, elegantly written adventure classic that is still enjoyable more than one hundred years after its original publication. This is Richard Henry Dana Jr?s account of his life as a common seaman aboard the brig the Pilgrim which set out from Boston on August 14, 1835 destined for California by way of the treacherous... more...

  • Unbeaten Tracks in Japanby Isabella Lucy Bird

    ReadHowYouWant 2006; US$ 3.99

    It is a classic travelogue based on the journey taken by Isabella Bird in 1878 to the interior of Japan. She has vividly described Japan and its people with their multifarious culture and lives. The book enfolds her extensive knowledge of history and botany. Moreover, the narration of scenes of the native areas is remarkable. It is a must-read for... more...