Robinson Crusoe

Defoe, Daniel. Robinson Crusoe. Philadelphia: G.W. Jacobs and Co., 1920.

Robinson Crusoe, set ashore on an island after a terrible storm at sea, is forced to make do with only a knife, some tobacco, and a pipe. He learns how to build a canoe, make bread, and endure endless solitude. That is, until, twenty-four years later, when he confronts another human being.


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The Art of Travel

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.


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Pedal and Path

Thayer, George B. Pedal and Path: Across the Continent Awheel and Afoot. Hartford: Evening Post Association, 1887.

An account of his journey across America by a member of the Connecticut Bicycle Club published in book form in 1887, having previously appeared in a shorter form as a series of letters in the Hartford Evening Post during the trip itself.


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Cook’s Tourist’s Handbook to Switzerland

Thomas Cook. Cook’s Tourist’s Handbook to Switzerland. London: Thomas Cook and Son, Ludgate Circus and Hodder & Stoughton, Paternoster Row, 1874.

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En Route, Journal de H. Papillaud et L. Leroy

En Route, Journal de H. Papillaud et L. Leroy. Les Deux Journalistes Francais Partis sans Un Sou de Paris Pour Faire Le Tour Du Monde” 1895.


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Il Giro del mondo: giornale di viaggi, geografia e costumi

Charton, Édouard, and Emilio Treves. “Il Giro del mondo: giornale di viaggi, geografia e costumi,” 8, 1867.


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Rest not
Life is sweeping by
go and dare before you die.
Something mighty and sublime,
leave behind to conquer time.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe