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The Art of Travel

The Art of Travel
Or, Shifts and Contrivances Available in Wild Countries

Part of Cambridge Library Collection - British and Irish History, General

  • Publication planned for: November 2019
  • availability: Not yet published - available from November 2019
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108079235


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  • Francis Galton (1822–1911), a grandson of Erasmus Darwin and later a pioneer of biostatistics, published this book in 1855, drawing on his experiences during an extensive journey around Africa. It is intended as a 'how-to' guide, offering, as the subtitle says, 'shifts and contrivances available in wild countries'. The book is organised by topic, beginning with the essentials for all travellers: water, fire, shelter, food and cookery. Later chapters consider 'matters of discipline', including 'securing prisoners', and 'carpentry and smith's work', more suitable for a military or scientific expedition. The chapter on water explains how to find it, collect it, store it, purify it and transport it, using examples from Africa, India and Mongolia. The remainder of the work is equally wide-ranging and practical, giving an insight into the needs and expectations of British travellers as they ranged ever more widely over the world.

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    • Publication planned for: November 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108079235
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 mm
    • contains: 20 b/w illus.
    • availability: Not yet published - available from November 2019
  • Table of Contents

    Clothes, etc.
    Food and cookery
    Matters of discipline
    Hiding places, or caches
    Boats, rafts, fords, bridges, etc.
    Line of road across country
    Heavy weights, to raise and carry
    Carpentry and smith's work
    Skins, horns, etc.
    Writing materials
    Saddles, bridles, and packing-gear
    Waggons and draught harness
    Guns and rifles
    Presents and articles for payment and exchange
    Chapter of estimates
    Instruments for taking observations and drawing up a map.

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    Francis Galton

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