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For the Armchair Explorer: Books on Travel and Exploration

Curated by Julian MacKenzie and Lucinda Boyle, our travel and exploration collection encourages you to travel the globe from the comfort of your own home. Their selections offer an unparalleled escape into the world of adventure, making perfect gifts for the travel-hungry soul or the history enthusiast. 

  • London: A Cartographic History. 1746-1950

    BOYLE, Lucinda (compiler) [and] HYDE, Ralph.
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    Drawn together from an exceptional collection of folding maps, this bibliographical catalogue literally charts social, historical and political de...

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  • The Exotic and the Beautiful. Vol V

    SCHEYBEYLER, Catherine
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    Library of Norman R. Bobins. A catalogue of colour plate books from the library of Norman Bobins. Also including a wonderful series of hand coloure...

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  • Impressions of Istanbul Voyage to Constantinople 1821-1850

    O'NEILL, Angus.
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    The Ömer Koç Collection. An essential work of reference and a beautifully produced book.This is the second volume describing the books on Istanbul ...

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  • Impressions of Istanbul Voyage to Constantinople 1891-1938

    BECKER, Sven.
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    The Ömer Koç Collection. An essential work of reference and a beautifully produced book.This is the fourth volume describing the books on Istanbul ...

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  • Impressions of Istanbul Voyage to Constantinople 1851-1890

    BECKER, Sven.
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    The Ömer Koç Collection. An essential work of reference and a beautifully produced book.This is the third volume describing the books on Istanbul f...

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  • The caravan route

    SALVATOR, Ludwig, Archduke of Austria.
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    The account of an expedition undertaken in March 1878 by the Archduke, to investigate the possibility of a coastal railway in southern Palestine. ...

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  • The worst journey in the world.

    CHERRY-GARRARD, Apsley.
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    'The best written and most enduring account of exploits in the Antarctic.' - Taurus. 'It was perhaps the only real stroke of luck in Scott's ill-f...

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  • The Yangtze Gorges in pictures and prose.

    LE PALUD, A. M.
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    With the rare dust-wrapper. Le Palud's account of a journey from Chungking to Ichang illustrated with fine photographs4to, [iv], xviii pp., large ...

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  • Travels, researches, and missionary labours,

    KRAPF, Rev Dr. J.
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    Krapf was the first European to see Mounts Kilimanjaro and Kenya. Important account by the German missionary who during his travels collected info...

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  • Coomassie and Magdala:

    STANLEY, Henry Morton.
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    Stanley's lively account, written whilst special correspondent for the New York Herald, of the British Expedition against the Ashantis in Africa u...

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  • The game of British East Africa

    STIGAND, Capt. C[hauncey] H[ugh].
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    'A handsome volume that examines wild game, its habitat, and spoor within Kenya, Uganda, and the eastern Congo regions. Stigand observes game trai...

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  • Narrative of a voyage to Madeira, Teneriffe, and along the shores of the Mediterranean,

    WILDE, William Robert Wills.
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    Sir William Robert Wills Wilde, surgeon and Irish antiquary, was the father of Oscar Wilde. Wilde travelled for nine months as medical attendant t...

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  • The Philippine Islands.

    FOREMAN, John.
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    Foreman's Philippine Islands provides A thorough history of the archipelago, updating Jagor's classic work of 1873.Third edition. 8vo., xxii, 668 ...

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  • Sand-buried ruins of Khotan.

    STEIN, Sir Marc Aurel.
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    The general narrative of Stein's first exploration of Central Asia, 1900-01. Crossing the Karakoram and the Pamirs he entered Chinese Turkestan an...

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  • On ancient Central-Asian tracks.

    STEIN, Marc Aurel.
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    A comprehensive summary of the results of Stein's first three Central Asian expeditions and of his researches carried out during the years 1900-16...

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  • The Arab of the desert.

    DICKSON, H.R.P.
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    The preferred edition with the first publication of the 3 maps intended for the second impression but never issued, and with the charts bound into...

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  • The Desert King.

    HOWARTH, David.
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    Howarth's life of Ibn Saud provides a lucid portrait of a legendary warrior, and way of life unique in the twentieth century.First edition. 8vo, 2...

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  • The life of Sir Richard Burton.

    [BURTON, Richard Francis] WRIGHT, Thomas.
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    Wright's biography of Burton was very popular going through three printings in one year. It proved controversial for mentioning Burton's shortcomi...

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  • Narrative of a journey round the World,

    SIMPSON, Sir George.
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    Simpson was head of the Hudson Bay Company and the dominant figure in the American fur trade in the nineteenth century. The narrative documents Si...

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  • The history of Nadir Shah,

    FRASER, James
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    Blackmer copy. Fraser was Resident at Surat from 1730-40 and then returned as Factor for the East India company, 1743-9. This work is important for...

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  • Reconnoitring in Abyssinia:

    WILKINS, H. St. Clair.
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    Wilkins (1828-1896), 'commanded the Royal Engineers throughout the Abyssinian expedition of 1868, where the difficult terrain required engineering...

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  • The overland route to India,

    TILLOTSON, John.
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    A very good copy of a large format illustrated work showing the route from England to India via the great cities of the Middle East. An early reis...

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  • [Chinese Craft on the Pearl River.

    [CHINESE SCHOOL].
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    Well executed and highly atmospheric watercolours capturing the importance of the river for trade in early nineteenth century China.A fine group o...

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