Dead Reckoning

Dead Reckoning

Great Adventure Writing From the Golden Age of Exploration, 1800-1900

Book - 2003 | 1st ed.
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Baker & Taylor
Collects top nineteenth-century discovery voyage stories including those about Fridtjob Nansen's solitary walk to the North Pole, Mary Kingsley's forays into the West African jungle, and Richard Burton's forbidden pilgrimage to Mecca. 30,000 first printing.

Norton Pub
A collection of stories from the nineteenth century's most legendary voyages of discovery. For intensity of geographical exploration and wealth of first-rate adventure writing by intrepid men and women, the nineteenth century stands alone. This definitive collection contains thirty-five stories from the most compelling odysseys of the century: Fridtjof Nansen tries to walk to the North Pole; Mary Kingsley wanders alone in the jungles of West Africa; Richard Burton makes a forbidden pilgrimage to Mecca; Mary Mummery describes a harrowing first ascent in the Alps; Francis Parkman hunts buffalo with the Sioux. The excerpts are as varied as the voyages themselvessome humorous and lighthearted, others desperate and thrillingbut all are examples of adventure, and adventure writing, at the highest level. Several long-forgotten classics are reprinted here for the first time in one hundred years. From the search for the source of the Nile to the first crossing of the Himalayas to a quest for the origin of species, this book ranges the globe and captures the restlessness of the human spirit. 30 b/w illustrations.

Book News
Whybrow is a freelance writer and book editor. She brings together 32 first-person adventure travel narratives from the 19th century, when wilderness travel was by boat, pack-animal, and mainly on foot, often lasting for years. Grouped into three sections voyages of discovery, personal odysseys, and lifelong quests the collection includes writings by well- and lesser-known adventurers, including Meriwether Lewis, Fridtjof Nansen, George Melville, Charles Darwin, Richard Henry Dana, Robert Louis Stevenson, Mark Twain, John Muir, Henry David Thoreau, and Richard Burton. There is no subject index. Annotation (c) Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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& Taylor

Collects top nineteenth-century discovery voyage stories, including those about Fridtjof Nansen's solitary walk to the North Pole, Mary Kingsley's forays into the West African jungle, and Richard Burton's forbidden pilgrimage to Mecca.

Publisher: New York : Norton, c2003.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780393010541
0393010546
Characteristics: 566 p. : ill., map ; 25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Whybrow, Helen

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Nov 09, 2012

This book has a lot of unforgettable accounts of explorers who risked their lives (& many paid the ultimate price) in order to make new discoveries. I highly recommend it.

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