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.

Ancient Near East[edit]

  • Wenamun, Egyptian priest
    Story of Wenamun, account of his travels through the Mediterranean sea.

Classical Antiquity[edit]

Tang dynasty[edit]

10th century[edit]

  • Ibn Hawqal, 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, Kitab ila Mulk al-Saqaliba (A letter to the king al-Saqaliba, Ibn Fadlan'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)
  • Odoric of Pordenone (1286–1331), franciscan missionary who visited China
    Viaggio del beato frate odorico di porto maggiore del friuli...
  • 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".[1]
  • Giovanni de' Marignolli
    Cronica Boemorum
  • John Mandeville, fictional character.
    The Travels of Sir John Mandeville (c. 1356),[1] an imaginary account of his travels in Asia based on a variety of true sources about the eastern countries, such as Pordenone's.

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) [1]
    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).[1]
  • Thomas Coryat, (c. 1577–1617), English traveller
    Coryat's Crudities hastily gobbled up in Five Months Travels (1611) [1]
  • Pedro Páez, (1564–1622), Spanish jesuit missionary in Ethiopia
    History of Ethiopia (1620), includes the first account of one of the sources of the Nile River ever written by a European.
  • Evliya Çelebi, (1610–1683), Turkish traveller
  • 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)[3]
  • 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)
  • Pietro Della Valle, (1586–1652), Italian who traveled throughout Asia during the Renaissance period
    The travels of Signor Pietro Della Valle, a Noble Roman, into East India and Arabia deserts... [1]
  • Jerónimo Lobo (1595–1678), a Portuguese Jesuit missionary in Ethiopia.
    Itinerário.[1] 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) [1]
  • 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) [1]
  • 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).[1]
  • Matsuo Bashō (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]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v Godfrey Cox, Edward (7 February 2018). "A Reference Guide To The Literature Of Travel Vol I". By The University Of Washington. – via Internet Archive.
  2. ^ Cox (1935), p. 28.
  3. ^ Works by or about Johann Sigmund Wurffbain in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
  4. ^ Head, Dominic, ed. (2006). The Cambridge Guide to Literature in English. Travels through France and Italy (3rd ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 1124.
  5. ^ * 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
  6. ^ Works by or about Emily Kimbrough in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
  8. ^ "awards - Christopher P Baker - Travel Writer Photographer - travel writer, photographer, tour leader, lecturer, adventure motorcyclist". Christopher P Baker - Travel Writer & Photographer.