List of travel books

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Travel books have been written since Classical times. Those that are by notable authors and are themselves notable are listed here. Other books, even if by notable travel authors, are not included.

Note: Listed by year of publication of the majority of the writer's notable works.

8th century BC[edit]

  • Homer (fl. 8th century BC)
    Odyssey – epic poem accounting the travels of the Greek hero, Odysseus, on his voyage home from Troy.

5th century BC[edit]

2nd century AD[edit]

4th century[edit]

5th century[edit]

6th century[edit]

7th century[edit]

8th century[edit]

10th century[edit]

  • Ibn Hawqal (fl. 10th century): Arab writer, geographer, and chronicler. Travelled to remote parts of the European Mediterranean, Asia and Africa.
    Ṣūrat al-’Arḍ (صورة الارض; "The face of the Earth").
  • Ahmad ibn Fadlan (fl. 10th century)
    Kitab ila Mulk al-Saqaliba (A letter to the king al-Saqaliba, Ibn Fa?lan's account of the caliphal embassy from Baghdad to the King of the Volga Bulghars, c. 921)

11th century[edit]

12th century[edit]

13th century[edit]

14th century[edit]

  • John of Montecorvino (1247–1328), Italian Franciscan missionary, founder of the earliest Roman Catholic missions in India and China. Archbishop of Cambalec.
    Letters (1305-1306)
  • Ibn Battuta (1304 – 1368 or 1369), Moroccan world traveler
    Rihla (1355) – literally entitled: "A Gift to Those Who Contemplate the Wonders of Cities and the Marvels of Traveling".[4]
  • John Mandeville, fictional character.
    The Travels of Sir John Mandeville (c. 1356),[5] an imaginary account of his travels in Asia based on a variety of true sources about the eastern countries.

15th century[edit]

16th century[edit]

17th century[edit]

  • Samuel Purchas, (c. 1577–1626), English cleric and travel writings compiler.
    Purchas, his Pilgrimage; or, Relations of the World and the Religions observed in all Ages, (1613) [11]
    Purchas, his Pilgrim. Microcosmus, or the historie of Man. Relating the wonders of his Generation, vanities in his Degeneration, Necessity of his Regeneration, (1619)
    Hakluytus Posthumus or Purchas his Pilgrimes, contayning a History of the World in Sea Voyages and Lande Travells, by Englishmen and others (4 vols.), (1625).[11]
  • Thomas Coryat, (c. 1577–1617), English traveller
    Coryat's Crudities hastily gobbled up in Five Months Travels (1611) [12]
  • Evliya Çelebi, (1610–1683), Turkish traveller
    Seyahatname
  • Johann Sigmund Wurffbain (1613–1661)
    Reise Nach Den Molukken Und Vorder-Indien, 1632-1646 (Travel to the Moluccas and the Middle East Indies, 1632–1646) (1646)[13]
  • François de La Boullaye-Le Gouz (1623–1668)
    Les voyages et observations du sieur de La Boullaye Le gouz (1653 & 1657) – one of the very first true travel books.
  • Edward Terry (1590-1660)
    A Voyage to East-India (1655)
  • Jerónimo Lobo (1595–1678), a Portuguese Jesuit missionary in Ethiopia.
    Itinerário.[14] This book was translated by Samuel Johnson in 1723 and inspired his own work The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia.
  • François Bernier (1625–1688), personal physician of the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb during his long stay in India.
    Travels in the Mogul Empire (1671) [15]
  • Jean-Baptiste Tavernier (1605–1689), gem merchant who made several trips to Persia and India between the years 1630 and 1668
    Les Six Voyages de Jean-Baptiste Tavernier (1675) [16]
  • Jean Chardin (1643–1713), jewellery trader who travelled to Persia and India
    The Travels of Sir John Chardin in Persia and the Orient (edited bit by bit between 1686 and 1711).[17]
  • Matsuo Basho (1644–1694)
    Kashima Kiko (A Visit to Kashima Shrine) (1687)
    Oi no Kobumi, or Utatsu Kiko (Record of a Travel-Worn Satchel) (1688)
    Sarashina Kiko (A Visit to Sarashina Village) (1688)
    The Narrow Road to the Deep North and Other Travel Sketches (trans. 1967)

18th century[edit]

19th century[edit]

20th century[edit]

21st century[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cox (1935), p. 338
  2. ^ Cox (1935), p. 340-341
  3. ^ Cox (1935), pp.320-321
  4. ^ Cox (1935), p. 85
  5. ^ Cox (1935), p. 319
  6. ^ Cox (1935), pp.257-8
  7. ^ Cox (1935), p. 244
  8. ^ Cox (1935), p. 36
  9. ^ Cox (1935), p. 28.
  10. ^ Cox (1935), p. 4-5
  11. ^ a b Cox (1935), p. 6
  12. ^ Cox (1935), p. 97
  13. ^ Works by or about Johann Sigmund Wurffbain in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
  14. ^ Cox (1935), p. 375
  15. ^ Cox (1935), p. 273-274
  16. ^ Cox (1935), p. 275
  17. ^ Cox (1935), p. 249-250
  18. ^ Cox (1935), p. 47
  19. ^ a b Cox (1935), p. 55
  20. ^ Head, Dominic, ed. (2006). "The Cambridge Guide to Literature in English". Travels through France and Italy (3rd ed.) (Cambridge University Press). p. 1124. 
  21. ^ * Rome, Naples et Florence [par] Stendhal. Texte établi et annoté par Daniel Muller, préf. de Charles Maurras (1919), Paris: E. Champion. Volume I et Volume II
  22. ^ Works by or about Emily Kimbrough in libraries (WorldCat catalog)

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