Galton, Francis. The Art of Travel. London: John Murray, 1860.
this book was written after Francis Galton returned from a historic journey into the African interior where he suffered much hardship and danger. After his return to England the famed explorer determined to teach travelers and soldiers the art of self-sufficiency in the field. His literary effort, The Art of Travel, became an instant classic and was used by a host of now-famous explorers, including Sir Richard Francis Burton of Mecca fame. The volume covers a diverse variety of subjects, some expected, as well as a few which are now of great historical interest. Readers will discover how to ride horses, handle elephants, and avoid cobras. Also included are sections on how to pull teeth, find water in a desert, and construct a sleeping bag out of fur. However The Art of Travel also includes detailed information not only on how to organize an African safari but how to discipline the irascible wives of the porters as well! Amply illustrated with dozens of nineteenth century drawings, this rediscovered classic remains fascinating reading for students of the horse or history.