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, account of his travels through the Mediterranean sea: Story of Wenamun

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)
  • 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]
  • 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
    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)
  • 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... [14]
  • Jerónimo Lobo (1595–1678), a Portuguese Jesuit missionary in Ethiopia.
    Itinerário.[15] 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) [16]
  • 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) [17]
  • 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).[18]
  • 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]

  • Nagai Kafu American Stories (being diaries of his travels through America, first published in Japanase as Amerika monogatari, 1908), modern ed., Columbia University Press, 2000.
  • Octave Mirbeau (1848–1917)
    La 628-E8 (1908)
  • Jelena Dimitrijevic (1862–1945)
    Letters from Niš Regarding Harems (1897)
    Letters from Salonica on Young Turk Revolution (1918)
    Letters from India (1928)
    Letters from Egypt (1929)
    The New World, alias: In America for a Year (1934)
  • Edith Wharton (1862–1937)

In Morocco (1920)

21st century[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Bibliography[edit]