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An engaging collection of stories from explorers in the nineteenth century from a now lost era when explorers were exactly that, breaking new ground where none had gone before. 




Dead Reckoning

Tales of Great Explorers 1800 - 1900

Edited by Helen Whybrow

Richard Burton makes a forbidden pilgrimage to Mecca; Mark Kingsley wanders alone in the jungles of West Africa; Fridtjof Nansen tries to walk to the North Pole; Mary Mummery describes a harrowing first ascent in the Alps; Francis Parkman hunts buffalo with the Sioux in the Black Hills. This remarkable collection contains stories from the most compelling and celebrated odysseys of the century, some of them long-forgotten classics of their time. From polar navigation to the search for the source of the Nile to the first crossing of the Himalayas to a quest for the origin of species, this book ranges the globe and captures the restlessness of the human spirit.

ISBN 0393326535

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