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Rediscovery Books is dedicated to bringing old books back to life. By combining our unique skills with the latest advances in technology, we are able to bring the wealth of knowledge and experience from times past back into affordable print. Our initial publications are from a series that is being created from the archives of the Royal Geographical Society and the Institute of British Geographers and which provides a fantastic insight into the lives of travellers and the people and places they visited throughout the world in a previous era.

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Reconnoitring in Abyssinia: A narrative of the proceedings of the reconnoitring party, prior to the arrival of the main body of The Expeditionary Field Force
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Reconnoitring in Abyssinia: A narrative of the proceedings of the reconnoitring party, prior to the arrival of the main body of The Expeditionary Field Force
Product Code: 9790

In 1867 the British Government resolved to invade Abyssinia to remedy the embarrassment caused by the imprisonment of the British Consul in the fortress of Magdala by the Christian King Theodorous. Prior to the main Expeditionary Force led by Sir Robert Napier, a small reconnoitring party command...

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Through Masai Land: a journey of exploration among the snowclad volcanic mountains and strange tribes of equatorial africa
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Through Masai Land: a journey of exploration among the snowclad volcanic mountains and strange tribes of equatorial africa
Product Code: 9789

Whilst still only in his mid-twenties, this was the third trip to Africa by Joseph Thomson who, following his previous expeditions, had been selected by the Royal Geographical Society for the purpose of 'ascertaining if a practicable direct route for European travellers exists through the Masai c...

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White Sea Peninsula, a journey in Russian Lapland and Karelia
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White Sea Peninsula, a journey in Russian Lapland and Karelia
Product Code: 9788

An appealing description by Edward Rae of his expedition through the White Sea Peninsula and 'the incessant impediments and frequent risks' inherent in such travel in the Arctic region during this period. Including many fine woodcuts and etchings, this book, first published in 1881, is a delightf...

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Travelling sketches in Russia and Sweden during the years 1805, 1806, 1807, 1808
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Travelling sketches in Russia and Sweden during the years 1805, 1806, 1807, 1808
Product Code: 9787

In this two volume set, bound as one, Robert Ker Porter writes an extensive series of letters covering his travels through these countries in the years 1805 to 1808. Following his training at the Royal Academy he gained a reputation for his paintings which included scenes of battle including Seri...

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Journal of a voyage for the discovery of a north-west passage from the atlantic to the pacific; performed in the years 1819–20, in his majesty’s ships hecla and griper (OFF MINT)
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Journal of a voyage for the discovery of a north-west passage from the atlantic to the pacific; performed in the years 1819–20, in his majesty’s ships hecla and griper (OFF MINT)
Product Code: 9786

This was the first of three expeditions by Parry for the purpose of discovering a route from Greenland to the Bering Strait - the so called 'Northwest Passage' and he achieved a good part of this on the voyage in 1819-20. Travelling in the ships HMS Hecla and HMS Griper, Parry was able to map lar...

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Russian shores of the Black Sea in the autumn of 1852; with a voyage down the volga, and a tour through the country of the don cossacks
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Russian shores of the Black Sea in the autumn of 1852; with a voyage down the volga, and a tour through the country of the don cossacks
Product Code: 9785

Written by Laurence Oliphant - a man who managed to be present at many of the world events occurring at this time in history - this book describes his travels through Russia in the period leading up to the Crimean War. This being the fourth edition, it contains his comments, added in hindsight, a...

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Mutiny in the “Bounty! And the story of the Pitcairn islanders
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Mutiny in the “Bounty! And the story of the Pitcairn islanders
Product Code: 9784

Written in 1884, this book is an interpretation of the famous events so often depicted in print and film. The author, Alfred McFarland, was an Irishman whose calling in the legal profession eventually led to him the position of Judge in Australia. McFarland has drawn upon the many versions of eve...

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voyage of the ‘Fox’ in the Arctic Seas. a narrative of the discovery of the fate of Sir John Franklin and his companions
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voyage of the ‘Fox’ in the Arctic Seas. a narrative of the discovery of the fate of Sir John Franklin and his companions
Product Code: 9783

How the fate of Sir John Franklin's doomed expedition to find the North West Passage was discovered - by Captain M'LIntock, the explorer commissioned by Lady Franklin to trace her husband and his companions. A classic of Arctic exploration.

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Shifts and expedients of camp life
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Shifts and expedients of camp life
Product Code: 9782

As chosen by Sir David Attenborough on Desert Island Discs Friday 3 February 2012. “How to baffle an alligator....” Topics covered in this facsimile reprint range from the correct attire and the relative benefits of shoes, boots and sandals, through how to deal with your camel, poisoned arrows an...

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Records of Captain Clapperton's last expedition to Africa
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Records of Captain Clapperton's last expedition to Africa
Product Code: 9781

In 1825 Captain Hugh Clapperton set out to explore the River Niger, a task that some twenty odd years previously had resulted in the death of the famous Mungo Park. The River Niger was seen as holding the key to unlocking access to the vast resources of this region and this was Clapperton's secon...

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