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Travels in the Interior of Africa – Volume 2

Travels in the Interior of Africa - Volume 2 by Mungo Park

Travels in the Interior of Africa – Volume 2 by Mungo Park

Mungo Park, a Scottish surgeon and explorer, was sent out by the ‘Association for Promoting the Discovery of the Interior of Africa’ after Major Houghton failed to return, to discover the if the River Niger was a tributary of either the river Senegal or Gambia in South Africa. This is the story of his first trip. The journey had many challenges, such as language, religions, imprisonment and robbery. Most of the trip he had nothing but his tattered clothes, a horse, a pocket compass and his hat where he kept his notes. After first following the Gambia River, he finally was the first European to reached the Niger River at Ségou. He continued along the Niger another 80 miles to Silla, where he had to turn around as he had no way of continuing without procuring more supplies. He then returned to England by boat, via America.

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Inca Land

Inca Land by Hiram Bingham

Inca Land by Hiram Bingham

Prof. Hiram Bingham of Yale Makes the Greatest Archaeological Discovery of the Age by Locating and Excavating Ruins of Machu Picchu on a Peak in the Andes of Peru.

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The Vikings

The Vikings by Allen Mawer

The Vikings by Allen Mawer

This is a concise history of the Vikings by Allen Mawer, MA, Professor of English Language and Literature in Armstrong College, University of Durham: late Fellow of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. It includes the following chapters: I.Causes of the Viking movement; II.The Viking movement down to the middle of the 9th century; III.The Vikings in England to the death of Harthacnut ; IV.The Vikings in the Frankish Empire to the founding of Normandy (911);V. The Vikings in Ireland to the battle of Clontarf (1014); VI.The Vikings in the Orkneys, Scotland, the Western Islands and Man; VII.The Vikings in Baltic lands and Russia; VIII.Viking civilisation; IX. Scandinavian influence in the Orkneys, Shetlands, the Western Islands and Man; X. Scandinavian influence in Ireland ; XI. Scandinavian influence in England; and XII. Scandinavian influence in the Empire and Iceland.

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The Desirable Alien at Home in Germany

The Desirable Alien at Home in Germany by Violet Hunt and Ford Madox Ford

The Desirable Alien at Home in Germany by Violet Hunt and Ford Madox Ford

A travel journal of a year the author spent in Germany. With a preface and two additional chapters by her partner, the novelist Ford Madox Ford

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The Port of Missing Men

The Port of Missing Men by Meredith Nicholson

The Port of Missing Men by Meredith Nicholson

Shirley Claiborne is fascinated by the tall handsome man named John Armitage who seemed to follow her and her brother, Captain Claiborne, as they traveled around Europe. Count von Stroebel had urged Armitage to do something for Austria. Now von Stroebel was dead – cut down by an assassin’s bullet – and Jules Chauvenet is one step closer to seeing the corrupt and worthless Francis ascend to the throne. When Shirley and Captain Claiborne sail for their home in Washington D.C., Armitage follows them. Monsieur Chauvenet also follows, but is he following Shirley or the mysterious John Armitage? And just who is John Armitage?

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The Book of the Ocean

The Book of the Ocean by Ernest Ingersoll

The Book of the Ocean by Ernest Ingersoll

The Book of the Ocean is precisely what its title promises. It contains a rather broad overview of all topics connected to the ocean, such as its geography and the history of the exploration of the oceans. Besides the oceans themselves, the book contains several chapters on the different aspects of seafaring: building ships and seafaring, war ships, merchant ships and voyages, piracy, and yachting.

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The Ascent of Mount St. Elias, Alaska

The Ascent of Mount St. Elias, Alaska by Filippo de Filippe

The Ascent of Mount St. Elias, Alaska by Filippo de Filippe

Although Mount St. Elias had been known to native Americans for thousands of years and to Europeans since 1741 when Vitus Bering saw the peak and gave it its current name, it was not successfully climbed until 1897 by a party lead by Prince Luigi Amadeo di Savoia, Duke of the Abruzzi. This is the story of that expedition. Mount St. Elias was not climbed again for another 50 years when the advent of air support made the logistics of the climb less daunting.

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National Geographic Magazine, Vol. 8, No. 5, May 1897

National Geographic Magazine, Vol. 8, No. 5, May 1897 by National Geographic Society

National Geographic Magazine, Vol. 8, No. 5, May 1897 by National Geographic Society

The National Geographic Magazine, an illustrated monthly, the May Number.

It includes the following articles:

A Winter Voyage Through The Straights Of Magellan, by the late Admiral R. W. Meade, U.S.N.
Admiral R. W. Meade, U.S.N., by John Hyde
Costa Rica, by Señor Ricardo Villafranca
Applied Physiography In South Carolina, by L. C. Glenn
Sheik Said, by Ernest De Sasseville
Geographic Literature, Serials and Miscellanea

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The Spell of the Yukon and Other Verses

The Spell of the Yukon and Other Verses by Robert W. Service

The Spell of the Yukon and Other Verses by Robert W. Service

Known as the Bard of the Yukon and as a people’s poet, Robert Service immortalized his experience with the Yukon and its gold rush and this collection of poetry. While some poems are anecdotal and amusing, others capture the raw brilliance that frontiers evoke and the ever pioneering spirit of man. Alternately titled Songs of a Sourdough in the United Kingdoms.

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The San Francisco Calamity By Earthquake and Fire

The San Francisco Calamity By Earthquake and Fire by Charles Morris

The San Francisco Calamity By Earthquake and Fire by Charles Morris

The first half of this book describes the devastating earthquake that hit San Francisco in 1906, and the subsequent destruction caused by fire. Various eyewitnesses and victims give their account on the tragedy.

In the second half, a number of different other earthquakes and volcanic eruptions are retold, like the eruption of the Vesuvius that destroyed Pompeij or the explosion of the Krakatoa, together with scientific explanations for the causes of earthquakes and the eruption of volcanos.

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