A Book of Voyages
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Ed. Patrick O’Brian’s Napoleonic naval stories are among the most widely read and best-loved works of historical fiction. But what sources nurtured his vivid imagination? Edited and introduced by the writer, this anthology of historic travelogues transports the reader to a vanished world where travel was a perilous adventure, among them Edward Pellham’s voyage to Greenland, Lady Craven’s visit to the court of the Crimean Tartar Khan, and John Bell’s account of a day’s hunting with the Emperor of China.