The Excavation of Gezer, Volume 2

The Excavation of Gezer, Volume 2

R. A. S. Macalister

Vol 2 of 3 Volumes. With numerous illustrations. From the first chapter: ‘We have, two sources of information regarding the domestic animals used, and the wild animals observed, by the Gezerites: the bones of actual specimens, and small models of animals, when the species of the latter can be identified. Such models were rare…

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The Excavation of Gezer, Volume 1

The Excavation of Gezer, Volume 1

R. A. S. Macalister

Vol 1 of 3 Volumes. With numerous illustrations. From the Preface: ‘In what form the results of the Excavation of Gezer should be finally presented is a question that has cost me much careful thought. Two alternatives offered themselves, between which it was difficult to choose. My preference at first was to follow the natural division…

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Confessions of an English Opium-Eater

Confessions of an English Opium-Eater

Thomas de Quincey

Confessions of an English Opium-Eater is an autobiographical account written by Thomas De Quincey, about his laudanum addiction and its effect on his life. It was criticized for presenting a too positive and too enticing picture of the opium experience to readers. And apparently, several English writers: Francis Thompson, James Thomson, William Blair, and perhaps Branwell Brontë — were led to opium use and addiction…

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A Tour Through The Whole Island of Great Britain

A Tour Through The Whole Island of Great Britain

Daniel Defoe

A tour thro’ the whole island of Great Britain is an account of his travels by English author Daniel Defoe, first published in three volumes between 1724 and 1727. It is roughly divided into several tours, or circuits, around Britain. Volume 1 contains three letters. The first two, Through Essex, Colchester, Harwich, Suffolk, Norfolk, and Cambridgeshire, and through Kent Coast, Maidstone, Canterbury, Sussex, Hampshire, and Surrey, are…

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The Land of Midian (Revisited)

The Land of Midian (Revisited)

Richard Francis Burton

This is Volume II. Chapters include: The Unknown Lands South of the Hisma, Ruins of Shuwak and Shagab; From Shagab to Ziba, Ruins of El-Khandaki and Umm Amil, The Turquise Mine, Return to El-Muwaylah; A Week around and upon the Sharr Mountain, Resume of the March through Eastern or Central Midian; Down South, to El-Wijh, Notes on the Quarantine, the Hutaym Tribe; The Cruise to El-Haura, and more.

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Life on the Mississippi

Life on the Mississippi

Mark Twain

A memoir by Mark Twain of his days as a steamboat pilot on the Mississippi River before the American Civil War, and also a travel book, recounting his trip along the Mississippi River from St. Louis to New Orleans many years after the War. The book begins with a brief history of the river as reported by Europeans and Americans, beginning with the Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto in 1542. It continues with anecdotes…

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On the Writing of the Insane

On the Writing of the Insane

G. Mackenzie Bacon

A book of observations on the peculiarities of writing styles as shown by asylum patients. G. Mackenzie Bacon was a medical superintendant at Cambridgshire County Asylum (now Fulbourn Hospital) located near Cambridge, England. As well as the fascinating images, the book also gives a series of transcribed excerpts.

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In the Heart of Africa

In the Heart of Africa

Samuel W. Baker

A journal of a British explorer and big game hunter. Chapter subjects include: The Nubian Desert: Egypt’s Rule of the Soudan; The Arabs’ Exodus; Wives Among the Arabs; On the Abyssinian border; Sacred shrines and epidemics; The Hamran elephant-hunters; Abyssinian slave-girls; The Soudan under Egyptian rule; and more.

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The Passing of the Aborigines

The Passing of the Aborigines

Daisy Bates

Written by a somewhat controversial figure, this is the memoir of Daisy Bates, a self taught anthropologist who spent almost 4 decades studying Aboriginal life. Although this book became a highly influential international bestseller, its disreputable claims regarding Aboriginal cannibalism and infanticide, and the ‘doomed’ fate…

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Hospital Sketches

Hospital Sketches

Louisa May Alcott

Writing under a pseudonym, Alcott recounts the six weeks she spent as a volunteer nurse for the Union Army during the American Civil War in Georgetown. A vivid and truthful portrait of an often overlooked aspect of the Civil War, this book remains among the most illuminating reports of the era’s medical practices as well as a moving testimonial to the war’s human cost.

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Napoleon at St Helena

Napoleon at St Helena

John S. C. Abbott

An illustrated compilation of “interesting anecdotes and remarkable conversations of the Emperor”, Napoléon Bonaparte, during his time on Saint Helena, the island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, to which he was exiled after his surrender to the British on July 15, 1815.

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