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This selection of collectible books and journals describe some of the greatest feats of exploration stretching from the Far East to the Wild West and the peak of Mount Everest to the dark depths of the Mariana’s Trench. Journey around the world without leaving the comfort of your chair.
The thrill of travel is nothing new. Exploring the world - and writing about the adventure - starts as early as the 8th BC century with Homer's Odyssey, an epic poem accounting the travels of the Greek hero, Ulysses, on his voyage home from Troy.
The thrill of scaling the biggest mountain, sailing single-handedly around the world or exploring the deepest, most uninhabitable jungles is addictive to some. For the rest of us, the appeal lies in staying safely at home and reading a great book about unbelievable feats.
We recently conducted a poll and AbeBooks users voted Travel by Cargo Ship as the world's weirdest travel book.
Since 1638, when John Wilkins published the first serious work on the possibility of space exploration, The Discovery of a World in the Moone, people have been fascinated by the travel beyond the earths atmosphere.
Smuggling, pirates, desert islands, rebellions, undiscovered regions, forts, spies, family feuds, nature at its most brutal and lots of fights are the stuff of old-fashioned adventure yarns. The 20 books below all have staying power and should never be forgotten. Many were published at the start of the 20th century, a golden age for adventure (because the world was actually like that to some extent), but the genre as we know it dates back to Daniel Defoes Robinson Crusoe in 1719.
Part foreign affairs discourse, part humor, and part twisted self-help guide, The Geography of Bliss takes the listener from America to Iceland to India in search of happiness, or, in the crabby author's case, moments of "un-unhappiness." The book uses a beguiling mixture of travel, psychology, science and humor to investigate not what happiness is, but where it is.Find The Geography of Bliss