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Discover a realm of travel writing undreamed of in the West - a richly literary tradition extending through a thousand years and more, whose individual works together weave a dense and beautiful brocade of repeated patterns and motifs, tones and textures. Here are asobi, the wandering performers who prefigured geisha; travelling monks who sleep on pillows of grass and listen to the autumnal insects; and a young girl who passionately longs to travel to the capital and read more stories. Taking in songs, dramas, tales, diaries and above all, poetry, this wonderful anthology roams over mountains and along perilous shores to show how profoundly travel inspired the Japanese imagination.
First Published in 1966. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
Mercier first travelled to London, and began recording his impressions, in 1780. A leading exemplar of a new form of literature, with a journalistic style, less rigid and more reflexive, he presented emotive representations of the city as collections of experiences, habits and personalities. And in contrast to Dickens's London or Baudelaire's Paris, with their vivid contrasts of opulence and misery, Mercier's descriptions transport us to a less familiar urban environment - one more optimistic, and perhaps even utopian. His version of London is, in fact, a projection of his philosophical imagination - not simply a rounded portrait of the British capital but also a reflection of what Mercier hoped Paris could become.For this first publication in English, Laurent Turcot and Jonathan Conlin's translation preserves all of the life and humour of Mercier's text. It is profusely illustrated with contemporary images, with a particular emphasis on Thomas Rowlandson and Gabriel de Saint Aubin, a Parisian flaneur artiste.
Written in the eighteenth century by Louis-Sebastien Mercier, this seminal work of travel writing was too Anglophile for French readers of the time. It was to remain unpublished for over 200 years. Mercier first travelled to London, and began recording his impressions, in 1780. A leading exemplar of a new form of literature, with a journalistic style, less rigid and more reflexive, he presented emotive representations of the city as collections of experiences, habits and personalities. And in contrast to Dickens's London or Baudelaire's Paris, with their vivid contrasts of opulence and misery, Mercier's descriptions transport us to a less familiar urban environment - one more optimistic, and perhaps even utopian. His version of London is, in fact, a projection of his philosophical imagination - not simply a rounded portrait of the British capital but also a reflection of what Mercier hoped Paris could become. For this first publication in English, Laurent Turcot and Jonathan Conlin's translation preserves all of the life and humour of Mercier's text. It is profusely illustrated with contemporary images, with a particular emphasis on Thomas Rowlandson and Gabriel-Jacques de Saint-Aubin, a Parisian flaneur artiste.
Foreign adventurers have been tramping around China for centuries, and this book presents some of the best of the stories from the dozens of travel memoirs published, particularly in the golden era of the late nineteenth century. These accounts, abridged and explained, concentrate on the gripping details with a constant commentary on the significance of what is being recounted. They are a window into old China and also into the mentality of the adventurers. Lost China Travel Classics is a digestible and exciting way of meeting some of the greatest travelers of a bygone age.
A detailed journal/daily log of a 1634 expedition of three individuals into Fort Orange (now Albany New York) that serves as a detailed account of the Mohawk and the Oneida tribes, their settlements, modes of subsistence and healing rituals. This revised edition, includes a new preface, the original Dutch transcription, updated endnotes and bibliography.
In the summer of 1772, Thomas Pennant, together with three travelling companions, set out on a five month journey through the north of England, mainland Scotland and the Western Isles. Pennant's subsequent account of the tour, publishing in 1774 and 1776, was intended to enlighten a readership largely ignorant of the more 'remote' parts of North Britain, and to expand on his record of the previous visit in 1769. It was widely acclaimed at the time and remains one of the definitive pieces of travel writing from the period. Pennant had a meticulous eye for detail, and A Tour in Scotland, 1772 included a wealth of material regarding the landscape, architecture, history and local customs of the places he visited. The result is a vivid and compelling picture of Scotland during the last quarter of the 18th century. It is enhanced with superb engravings by Moses Griffiths who accompanied Pennant throughout the trip.
Thomas Pennant's first tour of Scotland started at Chester in 1769. Passing through Yorkshire and Durham he paid a brief visit to the Farne Islands in a coble - 'a hazardous species of boat' - entering Scotland at Berwick. Proceeding via Edinburgh the tour continued through Perth by way of Elgin and Inverness to Caithness, returning the way he came as far as Inverness. He made a brief visit to Moy before turning westward along the Great Glen. He then journeyed via Inverary and Loch Lomond to Glasgow, through Moffat and finally leaving Scotland near Carlisle. At this time North Britain was virtually terra incognita to the southerner. The era of the tourist had hardly downed despite Martin Martin's visits to the Hebrides at the end of the previous century. Pennant's candid account of Scotland was so popular that it sold through four editions in quick succession, and it remains a vital and fascinating historical record to this day.
Until the 1880s, British travellers to Arabia were for the most part wealthy dilettantes who could fund their travels from private means. With the advent of an Imperial presence in the region, as the British seized power in Egypt, the very nature of travel to the Middle East changed. Suddenly, ordinary men and women found themselves visiting the region as British influence increased. Missionaries, soldiers and spies as well as tourists and explorers started to visit the area, creating an ever bigger supply of writers, and market for their books. In a similar fashion, as the Empire receded in the wake of World War II, so did the whole tradition of Middle East travel writing. In this elegantly crafted book, James Canton examines over one hundred primary sources, from forgotten gems to the classics of T E Lawrence, Thesiger and Philby. He analyses the relationship between Empire and author, showing how the one influenced the other, leading to a vast array of texts that might never have been produced had it not been for the ambitions of Imperial Britain. This work makes for essential reading for all of those interested in the literature of Empire, travel writing and the Middle East.
Ibn Battuta was famous in his own lifetime during the 14th Century as the greatest traveller of the age. He traversed the whole Islamic world (from his native Tangier to China), and crossed over its boundaries in Europe and sub-Saharan Africa. He was variously attacked by pirates, shipwrecked, marooned and kidnapped. His observations on political power, and on legal, commercial and cultural practices in the numerous places that he visited. give his Travels an enduring fascination. This narrative of high adventure rivals, or even surpasses, the explorations of Battuta's near contemporary, Marco Polo. Told with humour, irony and pathos, his travelogue is filled with marvels which blend idealism with reality. L P Harvey reviews Ibn Battuta's journeys and discusses the major themes of the Travels. He examines the financing of Ibn Battuta's adventures; how geography and natural history are presented by him; how the Travels engage with issues of race and gender; and the religious milieu through which Ibn Battuta moved. Harvey's account of the traveller reveals the vivid portrait of a man with his fair share of human failings, but who was nonetheless remarkable for his courage, unbounded curiosity, and for the candour and skill with which he reported on the world as he had found it.
Travel was a way of life for the Austrian poet and novelist Rainer Maria Rilke, and it was integral to his work. Between 1897 and 1920 he visited Venice ten times. The city has inspired countless writers and artists, but Rilke was both enthralled and provoked by it, as eager to see and explore the city's deserted shipyards and back alleys as the iconic sights of St Mark's and the Doge's Palace. He would walk the city alone, staying in simple guesthouses or the grand palaces of his patrons. Birgit Haustedt guides readers through the city in the poet's footsteps, showing us the sights through Rilke's eyes.