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A Ride to Khiva: My Travels and Adventures in Central Asia, 1875 A Ride to Khiva: My Travels and Adventures in Central Asia, 1875
By Frederick Gustavus Burnaby

Frederick Gustavus Burnaby--soldier, traveler, writer, and pioneer balloonist--set out on an unofficial mission in 1875 to investigate the motives behind Russia's exclusion of foreigners from Central Asia. This real-life adventure details the hardship and humor of Burnaby's excursion. Reprinted eleven times in its first year of publication, the story made Burnaby a popular hero in his own day. Read More...

ISBN: 1-58976-227-4
Pages: 264

$19.95     



Across Asia on a Bicycle: The Journey of Two American Students from Constantinople to Peking in 1890 Across Asia on a Bicycle: The Journey of Two American Students from Constantinople to Peking in 1890
By Thomas Gaskell Allen

Allen and Sachtleben graduated from Washington University in June 1890, sailed to Liverpool, and began a 15,000 mile bicycle journey to Peking. They had conceived of the idea during their senior year as "a practical finish to a theoretical education" in liberal arts. Their account really begins in Asia Minor as they cycle on through Persia and Turkestan, with detours to Merv, Bokhara and Samarkand. They peddled across the vast tract of the Gobi Desert to Peking, where they were received by Li-Hung-Chang, the Prime Minister of China. Read More...

ISBN: 1-58976-253-3
Pages: 180

$16.95     



Goa, and the Blue Mountains: Or, Six Months of Sick Leave Goa, and the Blue Mountains: Or, Six Months of Sick Leave
By Richard Francis Burton

Burton was a young British officer during the colonial period in India. Recovering from cholera, he was sent to the Nilgiri hills to recuperate. He journeyed along the coast of western India, visiting such places as Goa (the last remnant of the mighty Portuguese empire), Calcutta, and Ootacamund (the British rest-station). Burton's writing reflects the racial intolerance common in the imperialist era, and yet his insatiable curiosity led him to talk to the outcasts of society as well as the elite. While Burton has an unkind word for everyone, he also displays sincere compassion and a keen eye for local culture. Read More...

ISBN: 1-58976-038-7
Pages: 200

$16.95     



The Rifle and Hound in Ceylon: Stories from the Field, 1845 to 1853 The Rifle and Hound in Ceylon: Stories from the Field, 1845 to 1853
By Samuel W. Baker

Sir Samuel White Baker had a passion for exploration and big game hunting. This is his first book, and it takes us on a series of hunts in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) from 1845 to 1853. It gives us an insight into the character of the "Great White Hunters," as well as a lot of good technical detail on guns, loads, and hunting techniques in the mid-19th century -- and plenty of action. Read More...

ISBN: 1-58976-196-0
Pages: 192

$14.95     




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