To do an injustice to Tennyson, it’s usually at this time that my fancy turns to getting out a new travel catalogue. Looking at this year’s purchases, the balance of them means that I can finally add a third catalogue in the series From the Mediterranean to the Himalayas, for the first time since the 1990’s.
When the new catalogue is ready – hopefully towards the end of September, I will have a newsletter with selected highlights.
In the meantime, I hope you enjoy this selection of books too good to ignore but which do not full within the requisite parameters.
With spectacular hand-coloured plates including panorama of the yam custom.
Bowdich led the negotiations with the King of Ashantee which resulted in a treaty which brought peace to the British settlements on the Gold Coast. This account of his has been called ‘The most important [work] after Bruce’s, it excited great interest, as an almost incredible story, recalling The Arabian Nights, of a land and people of warlike and barbaric splendour hitherto unknown’ (ODNB).
Churchill’s account of his adventures during the war in the Sudan; his second published book and one of the scarcer Churchill titles.
In vivid style the book describes the background to the war, the relationship of the Upper Nile to Egypt, the murder of General Charles George Gordon in the siege at Khartoum, the political reaction in England, and Kitchener's elaborate preparations for the war.
The account of the first voyage to enter what is known today as the Ross Sea, and the first to sight the Admiralty Mountains.
The nephew of the Arctic explorer Sir John Ross, the author joined the Navy in 1812, and took part in several Arctic voyages under his uncle and Sir William Parry in the ensuing years. In 1841, Ross discovered the Ross Sea, Victoria Land, and the volcanoes Mount Erebus and Mount Terror, which were named for the expedition's vessels.
SAILOR CHARLEY [pseudonym of Charles Nordhoff, 1830 - 1901]