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|The Explorations of Captain James Cook in the Pacific |
by Capt. James Cook, Grenfell Price
Cook's three great voyages into the uncharted Pacific, told in his own words. Travel classic recounts exploration of the eastern coastline of Australia, mapping of New Zealand, discovery of Hawaiian Islands, much more.
|Following the Equator: A Journey Around the World |
by Mark Twain
Fascinating humorous account of 1897 voyage to Hawaii, Australia, India, New Zealand, etc. Ironic, bemused reports on peoples, customs, climate, flora and fauna, politics, much more. 197 illustrations.
|The Gold-Mines of Midian |
by Richard F. Burton
A fascinating chronicle of Burton's 1877 expedition to locate gold and other valuable metals in the Arabian peninsula.
|The Great Dirigibles |
by John Toland
Daring flights of early pioneers, descriptions of great American airships, much more — beginning with pioneer invention by Dr. Solomon Andrews in 1865 and ending with the Hindenburg crash in 1937. 32 photos.
|A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains |
by Isabella L. Bird
Eloquent descriptions by a middle-aged Englishwoman — traveling alone in the Colorado Rockies during 1873 — of flora and fauna, isolated settlers, vigilance committees, lynchings, and other fascinating subjects.
|Magic and Mystery in Tibet |
by Madame Alexandra David-Neel
A practicing Buddhist and Oriental linguist recounts supernatural events she witnessed in Tibet during the 1920s. Intelligent and witty, she describes the fantastic effects of meditation and shamanic magic — levitation, telepathy, more. 32 photographs.
|Memoirs of an Arabian Princess from Zanzibar |
by Emily Ruete, Sayyida Prin. of Zanzibar
This 19th-century autobiography offers a rare inside look at the society surrounding a sultan's palace. A real-life princess in exile recalls her vanished world of harems, slave trading, and court intrigues.
|My First Travels in North America |
by Isabella L. Bird, Clarence C. Strowbridge
One of the 19th century's most adventurous travel writers offers vivid accounts of her journeys through Canada and the United States, from scenic vistas to dark encounters with cholera and slavery.
|Travels in the Interior of Africa |
by Mungo Park
This classic recounts a 1795 exploration of the Niger River that provided Europeans with their first reliable account of West African life. Two centuries later, it offers singular views of the region before colonial influence.
|Travels of William Bartram |
by William Bartram
First inexpensive, illustrated edition of early classic on American geography, plants, Indians, wildlife, early settlers. Influenced Coleridge, Wordsworth, and Chateaubriand. "A book of extraordinary beauty." — The New York Times. 13 illustrations.
|Unbeaten Tracks in Japan |
by Isabella L. Bird
The intrepid explorer recounts her 1878 excursion into the back country of the Far East. Bird describes the vicissitudes of her journey — the difficulties as well as the excitement and rewards.