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In the Arctic Seas

In the Arctic Seas by Francis Leopold McClintock

In the Arctic Seas by Francis Leopold McClintock

Lady Jane Franklin, the wife of Sir John Franklin, who went missing with his entire crew during his 1845 expedition to discover the Northwest Passage, commissioned Captain Francis McClintock to investigate what had happened to the expedition, and purchased for him the small steam yacht known as the ‘Fox’. This is McClintock’s own account of the two year voyage of the ‘Fox’. Following an initially unsuccessful attempt to cross the Davis Strait, the ‘Fox’ was forced to spend the first winter trapped in the sea-ice off the coast of Greenland. After the next year’s thaw, McClintock eventually reached the islands of the Canadian Arctic, where an extensive search finally revealed the grisly truth of the fate of Franklin.

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Wonderful Adventures of Mrs. Seacole in Many Lands

Wonderful Adventures of Mrs. Seacole in Many Lands by Mary Seacole

Wonderful Adventures of Mrs. Seacole in Many Lands by Mary Seacole

Mary Seacole was born a free black woman in Jamaica of the early 19th century. In her long and varied life, she was to travel in Central America, Russia and Europe, find work as a inn-keeper and as a doctress during the Crimean War, and become a famed heroine, the author of her own biography, in Britain. As this autobiography shows, Mary Seacole had a sharp instinct for hypocrisy as well as a ripe taste for sarcasm. Frequently we see her joyfully rise to mock the limitations artificially imposed on her as a black woman. She emerges from her writings as an individual with a most un-Victorian zest for travel, adventure and independence.

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France at War

France at War by Rudyard Kipling

France at War by Rudyard Kipling

John Kipling was reported missing, believed killed, in his first battle on the Western Front. From this time Kipling was constantly in pain from a gastric ulcer. He published some (censored) articles of war journalism in 1915, collected as The New Army in Training and France at War.

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The Voyage of the Beagle

The Voyage of the Beagle by Charles Darwin

The Voyage of the Beagle by Charles Darwin

The book, also known as Darwin’s Journal of Researches, is a vivid and exciting travel memoir as well as a detailed scientific field journal covering biology, geology, and anthropology that demonstrates Darwin’s keen powers of observation, written at a time when Western Europeans were still discovering and exploring much of the rest of the world. Although Darwin revisited some areas during the expedition, for clarity the chapters of the book are ordered by reference to places and locations rather than chronologically. With hindsight, ideas which Darwin would later develop into his theory of evolution by natural selection are hinted at in his notes and in the book

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Madame Chrysantheme

Madame Chrysantheme by Pierre Loti

Madame Chrysantheme by Pierre Loti

Pierre Loti was for many years an officer in the French Navy, giving him the opportunity to sample and analyze different national and cultural milieux, in which he deeply immersed himself. The present book, said to have formed the basis for the famous “Madame Butterfly” story, is presented as an autobiographical account of his marriage to a young Japanese woman while his ship was stationed in Nagasaki. His style is surprisingly modern for the period, perhaps anticipating Camus. His descriptions of summer in Nagasaki have a detail which is at the same time personal and detached, while his observations of the people are less than sympathetic. A sense of ennui and lack of conventional morality pervades.

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Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Mecca – Volume 1

Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Mecca - Volume 1 by Sir Richard Francis Burton

Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Mecca – Volume 1 by Sir Richard Francis Burton

Sir Richard Francis Burton was an English explorer, translator, writer, soldier, orientalist, ethnologist, linguist, poet, hypnotist, fencer and diplomat. He was known for his travels and explorations within Asia and Africa as well as his extraordinary knowledge of languages and cultures. According to one count, he spoke 29 European, Asian, and African languages.

Burton’s best-known achievements include traveling in disguise to Mecca, his seven years in India gave Burton a familiarity with the customs and behavior of Muslims and prepared him to attempt a Hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca and, in this case, Medina). It was this journey, undertaken in 1853, which first made Burton famous. He had planned it whilst traveling disguised among the Muslims of Sindh, and had laboriously prepared for the adventure by study and practice. Burton’s own account of his journey is given in A Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Medinah and Meccah.

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Farthest North – Volume 1

Farthest North - Volume 1 by Fridtjof Nansen

Farthest North – Volume 1 by Fridtjof Nansen

One of the 100 Greatest Adventure Books of All Time.
— National Geographic

“Nansen was the Chuck Yeager of polar exploration.”
–The New York Times Book Review

Being the Record of a Voyage of Exploration of the Ship “Fram”, 1893-96 and of a Fifteen Months’ Sleigh Journey by Dr. Nansen and Lieut. Johansen

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East By West: A Journey in the Recess

East By West: A Journey in the Recess by Sir Henry W. Lucy

East By West: A Journey in the Recess by Sir Henry W. Lucy

East by West: a Journey in the Recess is an account of British journalist Henry Lucy’s travels across America and on to the Far East during the parliamentary recess in 1883.

Lucy was one of the most influential journalists of his day and, as “Toby M.P.”, a noted humorist in Punch magazine. His acute powers of observation and light touch make this a most engaging book. It is a fascinating insight into the Englishman’s travels abroad within two decades of the American Civil War and the end of Japanese isolationism.

This is the first of two volumes covering his journey with his wife. This first volume includes his travels in America and in Japan, including the Atlantic and Pacific crossings by steamer. Volume II, continues his experiences in Japan and India, returning home via Aden and the Suez Canal.

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Across Asia on a Bicycle

Across Asia on a Bicycle by Thomas Gaskell Allen and William Lewis Sachtleben

Across Asia on a Bicycle by Thomas Gaskell Allen and William Lewis Sachtleben

In 1890, two Americans newly graduated from college set out to travel around the world on a then-new invention, the modern bicycle. In 1893 they returned, have covered over 15,000 miles, at that time the “longest continuous land journey ever made around the world.” This is their account of their trip across Turkey, Persia, Turkestan and northern China. It described their adventures traveling along through regions few outsiders ever visited. And include climbing Mount Ararat (they didn’t find an ark) and a meeting with the then Chinese Prime Minister. And numerous photographs selected from the 2,500 taken on the almost 3 year trip.

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Myths and Legends of Alaska

Myths and Legends of Alaska

Myths and Legends of Alaska

Editor Katharine Berry Judson collates and presents a narrative history of Alaskan Myths. Originally gathered and recorded by government ethnologists, she paints an overall picture of Alaskan history as told by its many tribes. From the Eskimo to the Tlingit, from the Tsetsaut to the Haida, the origin of the still-wild state begins with the great Bird (often called “Raven”) and branches out, through its legends, in wonderful and amazing directions.

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