Across Asia On A Bicycle

Across Asia On A Bicycle

Allen and William Lewis Sachtleben

In 1890, two American college graduates set out to travel around the world on a then-new invention, the bicycle. In 1893 they returned, having covered over 15,000 miles, at that time the “longest continuous land journey ever made around the world.” This is their account of the trip across Turkey, Persia, Turkestan and northern China.

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American Notes

American Notes

Rudyard Kipling

An interesting view of America in the 1880’s, as Rudyard Kipling visits and writes of his experiences. A short book with ‘notes’ on Chicago, the American Army and the like, Kipling can’t help hide his snobbery at times. He writes of the Chicago slaughterhouses, American women and men, visits Utah and San Francisco and seems to have a jolly good time doing so.

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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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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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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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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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Following the Equator

Following the Equator

Mark Twain

Following The Equator is a travel book from Mark Twain, published in 1897. It came about after a tour he made of the British Empire, and includes biting and witty observations, criticising racism, imperialism and missionaries. Fully illustrated, each chapter starts with a ‘Pudd’nhead maxim’, which are ironic wisdoms from the Twain character ‘Pudd’nhead Wilson’. Here’s an example; ‘Names are not always what they seem. The common Welsh…

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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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Great African Travellers

Great African Travellers

William H. G. Kingston

Fully illustrated. An account of some of the best known African explorers of the 19th Century, including Livingstone and Stanley. This is a detailed account of the people they came across, their way of life, snippets of the slave trade, and of course hunting ‘vicious’ animals. An interesting glimpse into the era of colonial Africa.

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Great Explorations in Africa

Great Explorations in Africa

J. T. Headley

The full title of this 1886 book is ‘Great Explorations in the Wilds of Africa including Sir Samuel Baker’s expedition with a force of nearly two thousand men to suppress the slave trade; Lieut. Cameron’s ‘Across Africa’, with these travelers marvelous accounts of fighting the natives, hunting the hippopotamus, elephant and lion’.

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