The Innocents Abroad
In 1867, Mark Twain joined a group of American tourists sailing aboard the steamship Quaker City to Europe and the Holy Land. Offering ‘no apologies for any departures from the usual style of travel-writing’, Twain produced a merciless satire on contemporary travel guides: a day-by-day, hugely entertaining account of his fellow ‘pilgrims’ and their ‘pleasure trip’, describing incidents such as a communal fumigation in Italy as well as the scenery and sights.
Memories of London
and An Excursion to the Poor Districts of London
On his first (and only) visit to London in 1873, Italian author Edmondo De Amicis noted the magnificence of the metropolis – and recorded his impressions in the witty observational style that would later become his trademark. His essay is paired with a contrasting contemporaneous account of life in the deprived areas of the city by the French travel writer Louis Laurent Simonin.
The American novelist Henry James settled in England in 1876, and towards the end of his life collected the travel pieces he had written about his adopted country in this book. They range from his first impressions of the ‘dreadful, delightful city’ of London, to the sleepy Sussex town of Rye, where he spent his final years. With an introduction by Colm Tóibin.
Camping on the Wye
Four Victorian Gents Row the Wye in a Randan Skiff in 1892
This facsimile reproduction of SK Baker’s illustrated diary records, in watercolour sketches and captions, a rowing holiday he spent with three fellow students in a randan (a boat oared by three people). Among the highlights of the adventure are visits to places of interest, such as Tintern Abbey, evenings with fellow travellers, encounters with local people and animals, the joys and trials of camping, and the vagaries of the British weather.
Lifting the Veil
Two Centuries of Travellers, Traders and Tourists in Egypt
The first European explorers of the Nile were followed by an eclectic crowd of tourists, soldiers, archaeologists and fortune-seekers. This account tells their stories in the context of the political history of the country, following visitors including Nelson, Florence Nightingale, Flaubert, EM Forster and Noël Coward as they scramble up pyramids or party at Shepheard’s Hotel in the years between 1768 and 1956, when the last British soldier left Egypt.
A Traveller's Reader
Throughout its history, Madrid has attracted writers, artists and revolutionaries. This traveller’s reader brings the city to life through the letters, diaries, memoirs and novels of Casanova, Napoleon, Dumas, Trotsky, Hemingway, Dalí, Buñuel and many others. Selected by the eminent historian Hugh Thomas, these eyewitness accounts set five centuries of adventures and misadventures, Surrealist pranks and blood-soaked bullfights against the brooding backdrop of the Spanish capital.
During the 19th century, it became quite common for women to go sea with their merchant seamen husbands, but rarely did they write books about the experience. Between 1829 and 1831, Abby Jane Morrell accompanied her husband Benjamin on an adventurous voyage that took them from New England to the South Pacific. This is her very accomplished account of that journey aboard the schooner Antarctic.
The Naturalist on the River Amazons
From 1848 to 1859, Henry Walter Bates was exploring the Amazon rainforests in search of flora and fauna that would support Darwin’s theory of evolution. His book, first published in 1863, recounts his journeys and catalogues astonishing discoveries while evoking the natural beauty and rhythms of river and rainforest. This reprint of the first edition includes ‘An Appreciation’ by Charles Darwin.
Peter Mundy was a 17th-century trader whose journeys took him to Istanbul, India, China, Danzig, Russia and the Arctic. His account of his remarkable travels, illustrated with his own lively drawings of the strange people and animals he encountered, survives in a single manuscript. This edited selection provides a vivid and fascinating account of the Ottoman, Mughal, Chinese and Russian empires, as well as events in London following the coronation of Charles II in 1661.
Petrarch's Guide to the Holy Land
Itinerary to the Sepulcher of Our Lord Jesus Christ
This edition of Petrarch's Itinerarium ad Sepulchrum Domini Nostri Yehsu Christi (1358) comprises a complete facsimile and transcription of an authoritative 14th century manuscript, with an introduction, English translation and notes.
A Photographic Journal of Travels Through China 1894–1896
One of the most accomplished explorers and travel writers of the Victorian era, Isabella Bird (1831–1904) was a late convert to photography. In the 1890s she made three journeys to China, including 'some very serious travel' in remote and uncharted areas, and created an extensive photographic record of each arduous trek. This volume presents 180 reproductions of her 'Chinese pictures' (gelatin silver prints) along with captions taken from her books of 1898–1900, and a biographical essay.
On Foot Through Clydesdale
Despite its long industrial history, Clydesdale has areas of extraordinary natural beauty, including the spectacular Falls of Clyde. First published in 1932, this classic walking guide provides an introduction to the region's folklore, culture, traditions and landscape, and charts its colourful history from the Romans through William Wallace and the Covenanters to the Industrial Revolution. Charmingly illustrated with line drawings, it guides the visitor through Lanarkshire's idyllic countryside to its ancient villages, churches and castles.
Beyond the Enchanted Forest: A Literary Anthology
In its many historical incarnations, Germany has long attracted literary visitors. The Romantics were drawn to its forests and mountains, Isherwood and Spender to the edgy glamour of the Weimar Republic, and the espionage novelists Len Deighton and John le Carré to its Cold War frontier. In addition to these, this anthology assembles evocative descriptions by more than 80 British and American writers, including Boswell, Mary Shelley, George Eliot, Mark Twain, Henry James, DH Lawrence and Virginia Woolf.
The Chicago of Europe
and Other Tales of Foreign Travel
Before he achieved fame with The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain honed his talent writing about new places, people and experiences. In the 68 letters, newspaper articles and lectures collected here, he takes us from the Mississippi to the Holy Land, India and Berlin, which he mischievously dubbed 'the Chicago of Europe'. These dispatches, some published here for the first time, confirm that Twain's wit, insight and human sympathy still hit the mark more than a century later. American-cut pages.
Scott on Waterloo
Sir Walter Scott was among the many tourists who visited the battlefield after Wellington's victory at Waterloo, but he went with a commission to write a travel book and a long poem. Edited, with notes and introduction by Paul O'Keeffe, this book presents those writings: Paul's Letters to His Kinsfolk, which records Scott’s travels in Holland, Belgium and France in 1815; and two poems, The Field of Waterloo and The Dance of Death.
Travels through France and Italy
In 1763 Tobias Smollett left England for the Mediterranean in search of a climate that might restore his health. In this famous account of his travels, the cantankerous, perceptive and most learned Smelfungus described everything and criticized most of it – from the food and 'shockingly nasty' beds to the local inhabitants of Nice where he settled. With a foreword by Ted Jones and introduction by Thomas Seccombe.
Thomas Jefferson Travels
Selected Writings 1784–1789
As well as their interest as writings from Jefferson's years as a diplomat in Paris and traveller in Europe, culminating in his reports of the French Revolution, this anthology reveals the vast scope of his interests in education, the arts and science.