UCB Libraries


Past Exhibit:

On display in the Special Collections Department, Norlin Library Room N345:


Wanderlust: British Travel Narratives of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries


Department Hours: Wed., Thu. and Friday, 1 to 5 p.m.

Free and open to the public.

Call 303-492-6144 for more information.


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The Americas



"Travels in the United States, Etc.," by Lady Emmeline Stuart Wortley. 1851.


Lady Wortley travelled widely throughout her life. In this book, she describes the sights, experiences, and most determininedly her opinion of the inhabitants of the United States, Mexico, and Jamaica.


"Peru: Incidents of Travel and Exploration in the Land of the Incas," by E. George Squier. 1878.


Squier intended this book primarily as a reference work for archaeologists, but the writing and quality of the illustrations won it popular attention, as well.




The South Seas



"A Voyage Round the World: In the Years MDCCXL, I. II. III. IV.," by George Anson. 1748.


George Anson was in command of squadron charged with harrassing the Spanish in the Pacific Ocean.


"A Voyage to the South Seas, in the Years 1740-1," by John Bulkeley and John Cummins. 1757.


The authors served as gunner and carpenter on the Wager, a ship in Anson's fleet, which was wrecked off the coast of Chile. The Captain of the ship went north with twenty crewmen, while Bulkeley and Cummins led a mutiny, seizing the ship's longboat, barge, and cutter, and leading the remainder of the crew around Cape Horn.



"Polynesian Researches, During a Residence of Nearly Six Years in the South Sea Islands; Including Mythology, Traditions, Government, Arts, Manners, and Customs of the Inhabitants," by William Ellis. 1829.


William Ellis was a missionary who wrote several books about his experiences living among different peoples, but this title remained his most well-known throughout his life. He worked through the non-denominational London Missionary Society. Later missions were less successful than this one; it took him four tries to get permission to enter Madagascar. After his final return to England, he became a popular lecturer throughout the country.


"A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean; For Making Discoveries in the Northern Hemisphere," by James Cook. 1796.


James Cook rose from an origin much more humble than that of most commanders in the Royal Navy. After time spent working on a farm and in a shop, he became apprenticed to a family in the coal trade and he began to learn the skills needed for sailing. A skilled surveyor, Cook was commissioned by the Royal Society to explore and map coastlines in the Pacific.







"Letters Concerning the Spanish Nation: Written at Madrid during the Years 1760 and 1761," by Edward Clarke. 1763.


Reverend Clarke was educated at Cambridge, and became rector of Pepperharrow, in Surrey, in 1758. He served two years as chaplain to the British Ambassador in Madrid, where he wrote heavily, recording his experiences and observations for his friends and family.


"Russia," by G. Dobson, H. M. Grove, and H. Stewart. Illustrated by F. de Haenen. 1913.


After an earlier book on St. Petersburg, Dobson and de Haenen were joined by two more authors to complete this comprehensive book on Russia from a British viewpoint.


"Rambles Beyond Railways; Or, Notes in Cornwall Taken A-Foot," by Wilkie Collins. 1851.


Collins' second book, after Antonina, was based on a walking trip made with his friend Henry Blanding. Because the railway had not yet reached Cornwall, this part of England was foreign to many English, and Collins' work provides a beautifully written description of "one of the prettiest and most primitive places in England."



The Middle East




"Through Persia by Caravan," by Arthur Arnold. 1877.


Following an unsuccessful campaign to become MP for Huntingdon, Sir Arthur Arnold resigned his position as editor of Echo, and spent the next two year travelling through Russia and Persia. This book is thought to contain the first outside reports of a change in the faith of the Bábís in Iran, signalling the development of the Bahá'í faith.


"Journey Through Persia, Armenia, and Asia Minor, to Constantinope in the Years 1808 and 1809," by James Morier, Esq.


The son of a merchant, Morier attended private school in England, then returned to his family home in İzmir, Turkey, to work in his father's business. His first visit to Persia, recorded in this book, was made as the secretary to Harford Jones, a special envey of the Shah.