Travels in Arabia,
Travels in Arabia provides an overview, intended for a general audience, of the most important European travelers to Arabia in the 18th and 19th centuries. The book was compiled and written by Bayard Taylor (1825-78), an American poet, translator, and travel writer, and first published in 1872. Shown here is a slightly revised and updated edition, published in 1892. Following brief introductory chapters about...
Taylor, Bayard - Stevens, Thomas
Flora of Aden
Flora of Aden is a botanical catalog of plants found in Aden and vicinity at the southern tip of the Arabian Peninsula. The work appeared in three issues in 1914-16. Despite never having traveled to the region, Father Ethelbert Blatter was able to add 250 plants to the literature of the region's known species. He relied on various herbaria and travel accounts, beginning with...
Flora Arabica is a botanical catalog of the plants of the Arabia. The work is in six volumes covering the whole of the Arabian Peninsula: the extra-tropical west, the tropical west, the tropical east, and the extra-tropical east including the Persian Gulf region. The catalog is by Father Ethelbert Blatter, and is largely based on the herbaria of the British Museum, which itself contained...
Arabia; the cradle of Islam;
Samuel Zwemer (1867-1952) was an American Protestant missionary who lived for nine years in Bahrain and became a student of the Arab world and, especially, the Arabian Peninsula. Published in New York in 1900, Arabia: The Cradle of Islam contains detailed chapters on the geography of Arabia; the holy cities of Mecca and Medina; the Prophet Muhammad and the rise of Islam; the contemporary...
Zwemer, Samuel Marinus
Doing my bit for Ireland,
Margaret Skinnider (circa 1893-1971) was born in Scotland to Irish parents. She trained as a teacher and taught mathematics in Glasgow, Scotland, before resigning her position to go to Dublin to take part in the Easter Rising of April 1916. Skinnider's Doing My Bit for Ireland, published in the United States in 1917, is her account of her revolutionary activities in 1915 and 1916....
Klondike : the Chicago record's book for gold seekers.
The Klondike Gold Rush of 1898 began in earnest within 18 months of a major gold strike on Bonanza Creek, a tributary of the Klondike River near Dawson City, Canada. Tens of thousands of prospectors from around the world streamed north to Alaska and the Yukon in a feverish search for fortune. Klondike: The Chicago Record's Book for Gold Seekers was rushed into print...
A voyage round the world : including an embassy to Muscat and Siam in 1835, 1836, and 1837
In 1832, U.S. president Andrew Jackson, acting on the advice of Secretary of the Navy Levi Woodbury, dispatched Edmund Roberts as a "special agent of the government," empowered to negotiate treaties of amity and commerce with countries in Asia. The objective was to expand trade between these countries and the United States. Between early 1832 and May 1834, Roberts circumnavigated the globe. In the...
Ruschenberger, W. S. W. (William Samuel Waithman) - Joseph Meredith Toner Collection (Library of Congress)
Panama and the canal in picture and prose ...
Published in 1913, Panama and the Canal in Picture and Prose is a comprehensive overview of Panama and the Panama Canal in the year before it was opened to commerce. Organized in 20 chapters, the book begins with an introductory chapter about Jamaica, "the front door to Panama." Chapters two through six give an overview of the history and geography of Panama. Chapter 15...
Abbot, Willis John
Through the Brazilian wilderness
After failing to win a third term in the elections of 1912, former U.S. president Theodore Roosevelt planned a speaking trip to Argentina and Brazil and a cruise up the Amazon. The government of Brazil suggested that Roosevelt join the famous Brazilian explorer Cândido Rondon in an expedition down the recently discovered River of Doubt. Roosevelt accepted the invitation and, accompanied by his son...
Josiah Conder (1789-1855) was a British publisher and author who wrote or compiled 33 volumes of travel literature about nearly every region of the world, including the Middle East. Conder himself never traveled abroad and composed his works by drawing upon the writings of earlier scholars and explorers. As indicated in the subtitle, Conder organized his book on Arabia into sections. He begins by...
Burton, Richard Francis - Drake, Charles F. Tyrwhitt (Charles Frederick Tyrwhitt)
Ultima Thule; or, A summer in Iceland.
"Catalogue-raisonné of modern travel in Iceland":v. 1, p. 235-260. Appendices: On sulphur in Iceland, by O. Henchel, Sir G. S. Mackenzie, Mr. C. Crowe ... Leasing contract. Sulphur in Sicily. Sulphur in Transylvania. Sulphur in Andaman Islands. Seen through the press by Högni Gunlögsen. cf. Pref.
Burton, Richard Francis - Burton, Richard F[Rancis]