Category: Essays & Travelogues

A Woman’s Journey Round the World

Ida Laura Pfeiffer, nee Reyer (1797-1858), was an Austrian traveller and travel book author. She was one of the first female explorers, whose popular books were translated into seven languages. She was a member of geographical societies of both Berlin and Paris, but not of Royal Geographical Society in London due to her sex. In […]

Voyage En Espagne

Pierre Jules Theophile Gautier (1811-1872) est un poete, romancier, peintre et critique d’art francais. Lecteur avide, il a cinq ans lorsqu’il commence a lire. Sa grande passion est Robinson Crusoe. En 1820, a l’age de huit ans, il fait un bref sejour en tant que pensionnaire au lycee Louis-le-Grand. Tout en menant ‘toutes les grandes […]

Une Journee a Londres

Pierre Jules Theophile Gautier (1811-1872) est un poete, romancier, peintre et critique d’art francais. Lecteur avide, il a cinq ans lorsqu’il commence a lire. Sa grande passion est Robinson Crusoe. En 1820, a l’age de huit ans, il fait un bref sejour en tant que pensionnaire au lycee Louis-le-Grand. Tout en menant ‘toutes les grandes […]

Two Years in the French West Indies

Patrick Lafcadio Hearn (1850-1904), also known as Koizumi Yakumo after gaining Japanese citizenship, was an author, best known for his books about Japan. He is especially well-known for his collections of Japanese legends and ghost stories, such as Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things. Hearn was born in Lefkada, one of the Greek Ionian […]

Travels in England in 1782

Carl/Karl/Charles Philipp Moritz (1757-1793) was a German author, editor and essayist of the Sturm und Drang, late enlightenment, and classicist periods, influencing early German Romanticism as well. He led a colourful life as a hatter’s apprentice, teacher, journalist, literary critic, professor of art and linguistics, and member of both of Berlin’s academies. In 1789, he […]

Travels in Peru

Johann Jakob von Tschudi (1818-1889) was a Swiss naturalist and explorer. He was born in Glarus, and studied natural sciences and medicine at the universities of Neuchatel, Leiden and Paris. In 1838 he travelled to Peru, where he remained for five years exploring and collecting plants in the Andes. Between 1857 and 1859 he visited […]

Society, Manners and Politics in the United States

Michel Chevalier (1806-1879) was a French engineer, statesman, economist and free market liberal. In 1830, after the July Revolution, he became a Saint-Simonian, and edited their paper Le Globe. The paper was banned in 1832, when the ‘Simonian sect’ was found to be prejudicial to the social order, and Chevalier, as its editor, was sentenced […]

Sir Francis Drake Revived

Sir Francis Drake, Vice Admiral, (c. 1540 – January 27, 1596) was an English privateer, navigator, slave trader, politician and civil engineer of the Elizabethan era. He was second-in-command of the English fleet against the Spanish Armada in 1588. He died of dysentery after unsuccessfully attacking San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1596.

Sieben Jahre in Sud-Afrika, Erster Band

Emil Holub (1847-1902) war ein österreichischer Afrikaforscher aus Böhmen. Schon früh entwickelte er eine Leidenschaft für Naturwissenschaften und Archäologie, studierte aber auf Wunsch seiner Eltern an der Karls- Universität Prag Medizin. Vier Monate nach seiner Promotion ging Holub 1872 nach Südafrika, wo er sich im Diamantdistrikt von Kimberley als Arzt die Mittel zu drei größeren […]

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