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Travel Writing 1700-1830: An Anthology

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By the end of the eighteenth century, British travelers had fanned out to every corner of the world, driven by widely varying motives: scientific curiosity, commerce, colonization, diplomacy, exploration, and tourism. In letters, journals, and books, travelers wrote first-hand of exotic lands and beautiful scenery, and of encounters with strange peoples and wildlife. This ...more
Paperback, Oxford World’s Classics, 520 pages
Published February 23rd 2006 by Oxford University Press (first published January 1st 2005)
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Richard
Sep 11, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone interested in colonialism and anthropology
I'm loving this book right now and it made me put some others aside. It is what the title says - British travel writing taken from primary sources from the 1700s till 1830. The dates not conincidentally coincide with the rise of the British Empire.

Two passages stand out at this point - Daniel Defoe writing about an encounter with a British mining family that live in a cave and one from a woman who took part in a tour of the Waterloo battleground only weeks after the battle took place. Both show
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Catherine
Aug 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
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An excellent anthology which grabs a wide variety of texts including not only Grand Tour narratives, but also texts by slaves, explorers, and missionaries in all parts of the globe, except for India and Asia. As an 18th century lit scholar, I hadn't come across many of these texts before, and they made me rethink some of my perspectives of the 18th century. It's difficult to read Pope and a slave owner side-by-side, y' know?

It's always difficult to choose good excerpts, and Bohls and Duncan do
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Mukikamu
Jan 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I wish I would have bumped into this book sooner! It is so enjoyable to read accounts of 18th-19th century travellers! I find it a really interesting collection and can but recommend it as essential for all who like the genre. It doesn't get boring as it is more like a collection of short stories. Fantastic appetizer for less known travel authors and offers many discoveries to benefit from.
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