Town Life in Australia

Town Life in Australia

R. E. N. Twopeny

A series of letters that would later be complied into a book, which compares the major cities of Australia, at the time Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide, to each other and to those in the United Kingdom. Chapters include: A Walk Round Melbourne; Sydney; Adelaide; Houses; Furniture; Servants; Food; Dress; Young Australia; Social Relations; Religion And Morals; Education; Politics; Business; Shops; Amusements; Newspapers; and…

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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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Wild Wales: Its People, Language and Scenery

Wild Wales: Its People, Language and Scenery

George Borrow

Wild Wales: Its People, Language and Scenery is a travel book by George Borrow, first published in 1862. The book recounts Borrow’s personal experiences and insights while touring Wales alone on foot after a family holiday in Llangollen in 1854, and has come to be regarded as a source of useful information about the social and geographical history of the country at that time. Borrow gives a detailed account of…

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English Traits

English Traits

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Chapters include: First Visit to England; Voyage to England; Land; Race; Ability; Manners; Truth; Character; Cockayne; Wealth; Aristocracy; Universities; Religion; Literature; The “Times”; Stonehenge; Personal; Result; and, Speech at Manchester.

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Eastern Sketches

Eastern Sketches

Benjamin Disraeli

A relatively short book that consists of several sketches of places that Disraeli travelled to. Chapters include: Ibrahim Pasha; The Court of Egypt; The Valley of Thebes; Egyptian Thebes; Shoubra; Eden and Lebanon; A Syrian Sketch; The Bosphorus; An Interview with a great Turk; and, Munich.

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The Irish Sketch-book

The Irish Sketch-book

William Makepeace Thackeray

One of two travel books written by Thackeray (the other one being ‘The Paris Sketch Book’) Marked by it’s hostility to Irish Catholics, the book appealed to British prejudices, and Thackeray was given the job of being Punch’s Irish expert, often under the pseudonym Hibernis Hibernior. It was Thackeray, in other words, who was chiefly responsible for Punch’s notoriously hostile and condescending depictions…

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The Englishwoman in America

The Englishwoman in America

Isabella Bird

In 1856, Isabella Bird published The Englishwoman in America, the first of what would be many books of her travels around the world. Adopting a tone of aloof bemusement, she describes in detail the hardships and annoyances of her travels by sea from England to Halifax, and on the road to Boston, Cincinnati, and Chicago. The book’s…

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The Travels of Marco Polo

The Travels of Marco Polo

Hugh Murray

‘The Travels of Marco Polo, from valuable early manuscripts recently published by the French Society of Geography and in Italy by Count Baldelli Bone. With copious notes, illustrating the route and observations of the author, and comparing them with those of more recent travellers.’

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Travels in Arabia Deserta

Travels in Arabia Deserta

Charles M. Doughty

This is Volume 2 of the authors travels in Arabia. Chapters include: Ibn Rashids Town; Life In Hayil; Depart From Hayil; Journey To Kheybar; Kheybar “The Apostle’s Country”; The Kheyabara; The Medina Life At Kheybar; Galla-Land. Medina Lore; Deliverance From Kheybar; Desert Journey To Hayil. The Nasrany Is Driven From Thence; The Shammar And Haeb Deserts In Nejd; Journey To El-Kasim I Boreyda; and more.

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Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan, Vol 1

Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan, Vol 1

Lafcadio Hearn

Chapters include, My First Day In The Orient; The Writing Of Kobodaishi; Jizo; A Pilgrimage To Enoshima; At The Market Of The Dead; Bon-Odori; The Chief City Of The Province Of The Gods; Kitzuki: The Most Ancient Shrine In Japan; In The Cave Of The Children’s Ghosts; At Mionoseki; Notes On Kitzuki; At Hinomisaki; Shinju; Yaegaki-Jinja, and Kitsune.

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The Aran Islands

The Aran Islands

John M. Synge

This is a book relating the author’s experiences when he visited the Aran Islands (Inis Mór, Inis Meáin and Inis Óirr) several times on the suggestion of William Butler Yeats.

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In Wicklow and West Kerry

In Wicklow and West Kerry

John M. Synge

Chapters include: The Vagrants Of Wicklow; The Oppression Of The Hills; On The Road; The People Of The Glens; At A Wicklow Fair, The Place And The People; A Landlord’s Garden In County Wicklow; Glencree; and, In West Kerry.

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