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The Classic "John Murray" Travel Collection

Isabella Bird Among the Tibetans, Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan, A Lady’s Life in the Rockies, On Horseback in Hawaii, Unbeaten Tracks in Japan.

Who could have foreseen that the feeble daughter of an English clergyman would one day be described as “the boldest of travellers”? Isabella Bird began life, not in some romantic setting, but in the cold north of England. A sickly child, she spent her childhood dreaming of travel and planning her domestic escape. That happy day occurred in 1854, when her father permitted her to visit relatives in America. While no great adventures unfolded on that trip, Isabella began to live life in increasingly bolder doses. She next sailed to Australia, then pushed on to Hawaii, where she explored the island on horseback by riding astride ! The clergyman’s daughter explored the Rocky Mountains and flirted with a one-eyed outlaw.  She ventured through Japan. She investigated China. Tibet couldn’t hold her. Persia didn’t stop her.  Kurdistan didn’t frighten her. She was at home anywhere.

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George Borrow - The Bible in Spain, Lavengro, The Romany Rye and Wild Wales

George Borrow was an English author whose best-selling early 19th century travelogues provided insights into a host of exciting countries, as well as seldom-reported peoples. A fabled adept at acquiring new languages, Borrow’s knowledge of Spanish, Welsh and Russian, just to name a few of the many tongues he spoke fluently, allowed him to travel with ease through societies that normally kept outsiders at bay.

These four titles are now back in print as part of this "Classic 'John Murray" Travel Collection.

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Roger Pocock - Horses

Roger Pocock’s life reads like a fairytale full of adventure. A childhood cut short to go to sea, then service with the Canadian North West Mounted Police in 1885, followed by stints as a war correspondent, Yukon gold miner, South African army scout, and “missionary to hostile tribes.” In between he formed the Legion of Frontiersmen, organized the original World Flight by airplane and was the first person in history to ride the length of the infamous Outlaw Trail.

When he was wasn’t seeking excitement, Pocock could be found writing.

Though most of the prolific author’s work predictably revolved around the exciting episodes of his own life, or the other men of action he knew, Pocock’s most famous foray into academic study was his rightfully famous book, “Horses.” In today’s equine-friendly world it is difficult to imagine how revolutionary Pocock’s observations about horses were at the time.

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George Ruxton - Adventures in Mexico

Considered one of the finest travel accounts of its era, “Adventures in Mexico” describes the equestrian exploits of its famous author, George Ruxton, a young British army officer who rode from the port of Vera Cruz to the fabled walls of Santa Fe, Mexico in 1847.

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