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Edited books (and volumes) on specific expeditions

David G Anderson (ed), 2011, The 1926/27 Soviet Polar Census Expeditions, Berghahn Books, Oxford

Laurel Kendall and Igor Krupnik (eds), 2003, Contributions to Circumpolar Anthropology Number 4:
 Constructing Cultures Then and Now:
 Celebrating Franz Boas and the Jesup North Pacific Expedition, Arctic Studies Center, Washington DC

Igor Krupnik and William W Fitzhugh (eds), 2001, Contributions to Circumpolar Anthropology Number 1:
 Gateways: Exploring the Legacy of the Jesup North Pacific Expedition, 1897–1902, Arctic Studies Center, Washington DC

Anita Hearle and Sandra Rouse(eds),1998,Cambridge and the Torres Strait: Centenary Essays on the 1898 Anthropological Expedition, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, England

Journal of Historical Geography: Feature: French Geography, Cartography and Colonialism, Volume 37, Issue 2, April 2011

Martin Thomas and Margo Neale (eds), 2011, Exploring the Legacy of the 1948 Arnhem Land Expedition, ANU E Press, Canberra


Authored books on specific expeditions or ‘explorers’

Stephanie L. Barczewski, 2007, Antarctic Destinies: Scott, Shackleton and the Changing Face of Heroism, Hambledon Continuum, London

Carol Bolton,2007, Writing the Empire: Robert Southey and Romantic Colonialism, Pickeringand Chatto, London

Tim Bonyhady, 1991, Burke & Wills: From Melbourne to Myth, David Ell Press, Balmain

D Graham Burnett, 2000, Masters of All They Surveyed: Exploration, Geography, and a British El Dorado, University of Chicago Press, Chicago

Edward Duyker, 2003, Citizen Labillardière: A Naturalist’s Life in Revolution and Exploration (1755–1834), Miegunyah Press, Melbourne

Elena Govor, 2010, Twelve Days at NukuHiva: Russian Encounters and Mutiny in the South Pacific, University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu

Barry Alan Joyce, 2001,The Shaping of American Ethnography: The Wilkes Exploring Expedition, 1838-1842, University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln

SR Morton & DJ Mulvaney (eds), Exploring Central Australia: Society, the Environment and the 1894 Horn Expedition, Surrey Beatty & Sons, Chipping Norton

Martin Nakata, 2007, Disciplining the Savages: Savaging the Disciplines, Aboriginal Studies Press, Canberra

Nathaniel Philbrick, 2004, Sea of Glory: America’s Voyage of Discovery, The U.S. Exploring Expedition, 1838–1842, Penguin US

Robert A Stafford, 1989, Scientist of Empire: Sir Roderick Murchison, scientific exploration & Victorian imperialism, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge

Nicholas Thomas, 2003, Discoveries: the Voyages of Captain Cook, Allen Lane, London


Edited books (and volumes) relating to conference topics

Pnina G Abir-Am and Clark A Elliott (eds), 2000, Commemorative Practices in Science: Historical Perspectives on the Politics of Collective Memory, Osiris, Volume 14, University of Chicago Press Journals

James R Akerman (ed), 2009, The Imperial Map: Cartography and the Mastery of Empire, University of Chicago Press

RGW Anderson, ML Caygill, AG MacGregor and L Syson (eds), 2003, Enlightening the British: Knowledge, discovery and the museum in the eighteenth century, The British Museum Press, London

Morag Bell, Robin Butlin and Michael Heffernan (eds), 1995, Geography and Imperialism, 1820–1940, Manchester University Press

Marie-Noëlle Bourguet, Christian Licoppe and H Otto Sibum (eds), 2002, Instruments, Travel and Science: Itineraries of Precision from the Seventeenth to the Twentieth Century, Routledge, London

Michael Bravo and Sverker Sörlin (eds), 2002, Narrating the Arctic: a Cultural History of Nordic Scientific Practices, Science History Publications, Canton, MA

Jeremy W Crampton & Stuart Elden (eds), 2007, Space, Knowledge and Power: Foucault and Geography, Ashgate Publishing, Aldershot

Bronwen Douglas and Chris Ballard (eds), 2008, Foreign Bodies: Oceania and the Science of Race 1750-1840, ANU E Press, Canberra

Felix Driver and Luciana Martins (eds), 2005, Tropical Visions in an Age of Empire, University of Chicago Press, Chicago

Eighteenth-Century Studies, 2011, vol 45, no. 1. See Adriana Craciun, 'What is an Explorer?', pp.29-51.

Jaś Elsner and Joan Pau Rubiés (eds), 1999, Voyages and Visions: Towards a Cultural History of Travel, Reacktion Books, London

Tim Fulford, Debbie Lee and Peter J Kitson, 2004, Literature, Science and Exploration in the Romantic Era: Bodies of Knowledge, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge

Mick Gidley (ed), 1992, Representing Others: White views of indigenous peoples, University of Exeter Press, Exeter

John R Gillis (ed), 1994, Commemorations: The Politics of National Identity, Princeton University Press, Princeton NJ

Anne Godlewska and Neil Smith (eds), 1994, Geography and Empire, Vol 30 of Special Publications series, Institute of British Geographers, Blackwell, Oxford

Stephen Greenblatt (ed), 1993, New World Encounters, University of California Press, Berkeley

Noah Heringman (ed), 2003, Romantic Science: The Literary forms of Natural History, State University of New York Press, Albany

Peter Hulme and Russell McDougall (eds), 2007, Writing, Travel and Empire: In the margins of anthropology, London: I.B. Tauris

Nicholas Jardine, James A Secord and Emma C Spary (eds), 1996, Cultures of Natural History, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge

Henrika Kuklick (ed), 2008, A New History of Anthropology, Blackwell, Oxford

David Lambert and Alan Lester (eds), 2007, Colonial Lives Across the British Empire: Imperial Careering in the Long Nineteenth Century, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge

Steven D Lavine and Ian Karp (eds), 1991, Exhibiting culturesThe Poetics and Politics of Museum Display, Rockefeller Foundation, Smithsonian Books, Washington

John M MacKenzie (ed), 1990, Imperialism and the Natural World, Manchester University Press, 1990

David Philip Miller and Peter Hanns Reill (eds), 1996, Visions of Empire: Voyages, Botany, and Representations of Nature, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge

Isabelle Merle (ed), 2001,Recontre(s) coloniale(s), Genèses 43

Donna Merwick (ed),1994, Dangerous Liaisons: essays in honour of Greg Dening, History Department, University of Melbourne, Melbourne

Niamh Moore and Yvonne Whelan (eds), 2007, Heritage, Memory and the Politics of Identity: New Perspectives on the Cultural Landscape, Ashgate Publishing, Aldershot

Sarga Moussa (ed), 2003, L’idée de ‘race’ dans les sciences humaines et la littérature (XVIIIe-XIXe siècles), L’Harmattan, Paris

Simon Naylor and James Ryan (eds), 2010, New Spaces of Exploration: Geographies of Discovery in the Twentieth Century, I.B. Tauris, London

Maximillian E Novak (ed), 2008, The Age of Projects, Toronto University Press, Toronto. See ‘Geographical Projects in the Later Eighteenth Century: Imperial Myths and Realities’, Carole Fabricant, pp.318–343

Miles Ogborn and Charles WJ Withers (eds), 2004, Georgian geographies: Essays on space, place and landscape in the eighteenth century, ManchesterUniversity Press, Manchester

Nathan Reingold and Marc Rothenberg (eds), 1987, Scientific Colonialism: A Cross-Cultural Comparison, Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, DC

Alan Richardson and Sonia Hofkosh (eds), 1996, Romanticism, Race, and Imperial Culture 1780–1834, Indiana University Press, Bloomington

Stuart B Schwartz (ed), 1994, Implicit Understandings: Observing, reporting, and reflecting on the encounters between Europeans and other peoples in the early modern era, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge

Michael Shortland and Richard Yeo (eds), 1996, Telling Lives in Science: Essays on Scientific Biography, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge

Pierre Singaravélou (ed), 2008, L’empire des géographes: Géographie, exploration et colonisation (xixe-XXe siècle), Belin, Paris

Jennifer Speake (ed), 2003, Literature of Travel and Exploration: An Encyclopedia, Routledge, London

John Styles and Amanda Vickery (eds), Gender, Taste, and Material Culture in Britain and North America, 1700–1830, Yale University Press, New Haven

Peter Veth, Peter Sutton and Margo Neale (eds), 2008, Strangers on the shore: early coastal contacts in Australia, National Museum of Australia Press, Canberra

Stuart Ward (ed), 2001, British Culture and the End of Empire, Manchester University Press

Tim Youngs (ed), 2006, Travel Writing in the Nineteenth Century: Filling the Blank Spaces, Anthem Press, London


Authored books related to conference topics

Srinivas Aravamudan, 1999, Tropicopolitans: Colonialism and Agency, 1688–1804, Duke University Press, US

Paul Longley Arthur, 2010, Virtual Voyages: Travel Writing and the Antipodes 1605-1837, Anthem Press, London

Ali Behdad, 1994, Belated Travellers: Orientalism in the age of colonial dissolution, Duke University Press, Durham

Leonard Bell, 1992, Colonial Constructs: European images of Maori, 1840–1914, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne:

Robin A Butlin, 2009, Geographies of Empire: European Empires and Colonies, c. 1880–1960, Cambridge University Press, England

Caren Caplan,1996Questions of travelpostmodern discourses of displacement, Duke University Press, Durham NC

Paul Carter, 2009, Dark Writing: geography, performance, design, University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu

Paul Carter, 1996, The Lie of the Land, Faber and Faber, London
Paul Carter, 1992, Living in a new country: History, travelling and language, Faber and Faber, London
Neil Chambers, 2007, Joseph Banks and the British Museum: The World of Collecting,1770–1830, Pickering and Chatto, London

Emmanuel Chukwudi Eze,1997, Race and the Enlightenment: A Reader,Blackwell, Oxford

Philip A Clarke, 2008, Aboriginal plant collectors: Botanists and Australian Aboriginal people in the nineteenth century, Rosenberg Publishing, Dural NSW

Inga Clendinnen, 2002, Dancing with Strangers, Text Publishing, Melbourne

James Clifford, 1997, Routes: Travel and Translation in the Late Twentieth Century, Harvard University Press, Cambridge MA

Annie E Coombes, 1994, Reinventing Africa: Museums, Material Culture and Popular Imagination in Late Victorian and Edwardian England, Yale University Press, New Haven

Lorraine Daston and Katharine Park, 2001, Wonders and the Order of Nature 150–1750, Zone Books, New York

Oscar R Dathorne, 1994, Imagining the World: Mythical belief versus reality in global encounters, Bergin and Garvey, Westport

Martin Daunton and Rick Halpern (eds), 1999, Empire and Others: British encounters with indigenous peoples, 1600-1850, University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia

Greg Dening, 2004, Beach Crossings: Voyaging across times, cultures and self, The Miegunyah Press, Melbourne

Thomas Di Piero, 2002, White Men Aren’t, Duke University Press, Durham NC

Richard Drayton, 2000, Nature’s Government: Science, Imperial Britain, and the ‘Improvement’ of the World, Yale University Press, New Haven

Felix Driver, 2001, Geography Militant: Cultures of Exploration and Empire, Blackwell, Oxford

Rod Edmond,1997, Representing the South Pacific: Colonial Discourse from Cook to Gauguin, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge

Johannes Fabian, 2001, Anthropology with an Attitude: critical essays, Stanford University Press, Stanford

Johannes Fabian, 2000, Out of Our Minds: Reason and Madness in the Exploration of Central Africa, University of California Press, Berkeley

Johannes Fabian, 2002, Time and the Other: How Anthropology Makes Its Object, Columbia University Press, New York

Valerie Flint, 1992, The Imaginative Landscape of Christopher Columbus, Princeton University Press, Princeton NJ

Paul Genoni, 2004, Subverting the Empire: Explorers and Exploration in Australian Fiction, Common Ground Publishing, Altona, Victoria

John Gascoigne, 1994, Science in the Service of Empire: Joseph Banks, the British State and the Uses of Science in the Age of Revolution, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge

Anthony Grafton, 1992, New Worlds, Ancient Texts: the power of tradition and the shock of discovery, Belknap Press, Cambridge MA

Stephen Greenblatt, 1991, Marvelous Possessions: The Wonder of the New World, University of Chicago Press, Chicago

Tom Griffiths, 2007, Slicing the Silence: Voyaging to Antarctica, New South Books, Sydney; 2008, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Mass

Chris Healy, 1997, From the Ruins of Colonialism: History as Social Memory, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge

Amiria Henare, 2005, Museums, Anthropology and Imperial Exchange, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge

Ken Inglis, 1993, The Australian Colonists: An Exploration of Social History 1788–1870, Melbourne University Press, Carlton

Christoph Irmscher, 1999, The Poetics of Natural History: From John Bartram to William James, Harvard University Press, Cambridge MA

Maya Jasanoff, 2005, Edge of Empire: Lives, Culture, and Conquest in the East, 1750–1850, Knopf, New York

Doris Jedamski, 1995, Images, Self-Images and the Perception of the Other: Women travellers in the Malay archipelago, University of Hull, Centre for South-East Asian Studies

Philip Jones, 2007, Ochre and Rust: Artefacts and Encounters on Australian Frontiers, Wakefield Press, Adelaide

Djelal Kadir, 1992, Columbus and the Ends of the Earth: Europe’s prophetic rhetoric as conquering ideology, University of California Press,Berkeley

Rudy Koshar, 2000, German Travel Cultures, Berg, Oxford

Henrika Kuklick, 1993, The Savage Within: The Social History of British Anthropology, 1885-1945, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge

Jonathan Lamb, 2001, Preserving the Self in the South Seas 1680–1840, University of Chicago Press, Chicago and London

Nigel Leask, 1992, British Romantic Writers and the East: Anxieties of Empire, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge

Nigel Leask, 2002, Curiosity and the Aesthetics of Travel Writing, 1770–1840: ‘From an Antique Land’, Oxford University Press, Oxford

Martin W Lewis and Kären E Wigen, 1997, The Myth of Continents: A Critique of Metageography, University of California Press Berkeley

Harry Liebersohn, 1998, Aristocratic Encounters: European travellers and North American Indians, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge

David N Livingstone, 1993, The Geographical Tradition: Episodes in the History of a Contested Enterprise, Blackwell, Oxford

David N Livingstone, 2003, Putting Science in its Place: Geographies of Scientific Knowledge, Chicago University Press Chicago

Paul Magee, 2000, From Here to Tierra del Fuego, University of Illinois Press, Urbana

Peter Mason, 1990, Deconstructing America: Representations of the other, Routledge, London

Peter Mason, 1998, Infelicities: Representations of the exotic, Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore and London

Patchen Markell, 2003, Bound by Recognition, Princeton University Press, Princeton NJ

Sylvia Caiuby Novaes, trans Izabel Murat Burbridge, 1997,The Play of Mirrors: the representation of self mirrored in the other, University of Texas Press, Austin

John Noyes, 1992, Colonial Space: spatiality in the discourse of German South West Africa, 1884–1915, Harwood Academic Publishers, Switzerland

Felicity A Nussbaum, 2003, The Limits of the Human: Fictions of Anomaly, Race, and Gender in the Long Eighteenth Century, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, England

Gananath Obeyesekere, 1992, The Apotheosis of Captain Cook: European Myth-Making in the Pacific, Princeton University Press, PrincetonNJ

Peter Osborne and Stella Sandford (eds), 2002, Philosophies of Race and Ethnicity, Continuum, London

Anthony Pagden, 1993, European Encounters with the New World: from Renaissance to Romaticism, Yale University Press, New Haven

Clare Pettitt, 2007, Dr. Livingstone, I Presume? Missionaries, Journalists, Explorers and Empire, Harvard University Press, Cambridge

Mary Louise Pratt, 1992, Imperial eyes: travel writing and transculturation, Routledge, London

Peter Hanns Reill, 2005, Vitalizing Nature in the Enlightenment, University of California Press, Berkeley

Tony Rice, 2010, Voyages of Discovery: A Visual Celebration of Ten of the Greatest Natural History Expeditions, Natural History Museum, London

Brian William Richardson, 2005, Longitude and Empire: How Captain Cook’s Voyages Changed the World, University of British Columbia Press, Vancouver

Paul Ricoeur, trans. David Pellauer, 2005, The Course of Recognition, Harvard University Press, Cambridge

Beau Riffenburgh, 1993, The Myth of the Explorer: The Press, Sensationalism and Geographical Discovery, Belhaven Press, London

Harriet Ritvo, 1997, The Platypus and the Mermaid and other Figments of the Classifying Imagination, Harvard University Press, Cambridge

James R Ryan, 1997, Picturing Empire: Photography and the Visualization of the British Empire, University of Chicago Press, Chicago

Simon Ryan, 1996, The Cartographic Eye: How explorers saw Australia, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge

Marshall Sahlins, 1995, How “Natives” Think, About Captain Cook, For Example, University of Chicago Press, Chicago

Edward W Said, 1993, Culture and Imperialism, Chatto & Windus, London, 1993

Edward W Said, 1995 , Orientalism: Western Conceptions of the Orient, revised edition, Penguin, London

Anne Salmond, 2003, The Trial of the Cannibal Dog: Captain Cook in the South Seas, Penguin, London

Anne Salmond, 1991, Two Worlds: First meetings between Maori and Europeans, Viking, Auckland

Patricia Seed, 1995, Ceremonies of Possession in Europe’s Conquest of the New World, 1492–1640, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge

John Rennie Short, 2009, Cartographic Encounters: Indigenous people and the exploration of the New World, Reaktion Books, London

Keith Vincent Smith, 2010, Mari Nawi: Aboriginal Odysseys, Rosenberg Publishing, Dural NSW

Martin S. Staum, 2003, Labeling People: French Scholars on Society, Race, and Empire, 1815-1848, McGill-Queen's University Press, Montreal and Kingston, Ont

Nancy Leys Stepan, 2001, Picturing Tropical Nature, Reaktion Books, London

Marjorie Swann, 2001, Curiosities and Texts: The Culture of Collecting in Early Modern England, University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia

Nicholas Thomas, 1994, Colonialism’s Culture: Anthropology, Travel and Government, Princeton University Press, Princeton NJ

Nicholas Thomas, 1991, Entangled Objects: Exchange, Material Culture, and Colonialism in the Pacific, Harvard University Press,Cambridge

Carl Thompson, 2007,The Suffering Traveller And The Romantic Imagination, Clarendon Press, Oxford

David Tomas, 1996, Transcultural Space and Transcultural Beings (Institutional Structures of Feeling), Westview Press, Boulder

Lee Wallace, 2003, Sexual Encounters: Pacific texts, modern sexualities, Cornell University Press, Ithaca

Scott Westrem, 1991, Discovering New Worlds: essays on Medieval exploration and imagination, Garland, New York

Roxann Wheeler, 2000, The Complexion of Race: Categories of Difference in Eighteenth-Century British Culture, University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia

Tim Youngs, 1994, Travellers in Africa: British travelogues, 1850-1900, Manchester University Press, Manchester


Classics (pre-1990) relating to conference topics

Talal Asad (ed), 1973, Anthropology and the Colonial Encounter, Cornell University Press, Ithaca

Francis Barker, Peter Hulme, Margaret Iversen and Diana Loxley (eds.), 1985, Europe and Its Others (2 vols), University of Essex, Colchester

John Cawt Beaglehole, 1966, The Exploration of the Pacific, A & C Black, London

Peter Bishop, 1989, The Myth of Shangri-La: Tibet, Travel Writing and the Western Creation of Sacred Landscape, University of California Press, Berkeley

Urs Bitterli, 1989, Cultures in Conflict: Encounters between European and non-European cultures, 1492–1800, Polity Press, London

Lucile H Brockway, 1979, Science and Colonial Expansion: The Role of the British Royal Botanical Gardens, Academic Press, New York

Bernadette Bucher, 1981, Icon and Conquest: a structural analysis of the illustrations of de Bry’s Great Voyages, University of Chicago Press, Chicago

Mary Campbell, 1988,The Witness and the Other World: Exotic European travel writing, 400–1600, Cornell University Press, Ithaca

Paul Carter, 1987, The Road to Botany Bay: An essay in spatial history, Faber and Faber, London

Fredi Chiapelli (ed), 1976, First Images of America: the impact of the New World on the Old, University of California Press, Berkeley

William B Cohen, 2003 , The French Encounter with Africans: white response to blacks, 1530–1880, Indiana University Press, Bloomington

Alfred W Crosby, 1986, Ecological Imperialism: The biological expansion of Europe, 900–1900, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge

Greg Dening, 1980, Islands and Beaches: Discourse on a silent land, Marquesas 1774–1880, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne

John Dunmore, 1965, French Explorers in the Pacific.Vol 1: The eighteenth century, Clarendon Press, Oxford

John Dunmore, 1969, French Explorers in the Pacific.Vol 2: The nineteenth century, Clarendon Press, Oxford

JH Elliott, 1992 , The Old World and the New, 1492–1650, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge

Johannes Fabian, 1983, Time and the Other: How Anthropology Makes its Object, Columbia University Press, New York

Michel Foucault, 2002 , The Archaeology of Knowledge, Routledge, London

Michel Foucault, 1994 , The Order of Things: An Archaeology of the Human Sciences, Vintage, London

Mary W Helms, 1988, Ulysses’ Sail: an ethnographic odyssey of power, knowledge, and geographical distance, Princeton University Press, Princeton NJ

Christopher Hibbert, 1982, Africa Explored: Europeans in the Dark Continent 1769–1889, Penguin, London

Frank Horner, 1987, The French Reconnaissance: Baudin in Australia, 1801–1803, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne

Peter Hulme, 1986, Colonial Encounters: Europe and the native Caribbean, 1492–1797, Methuen, London

Miguel Leon-Portilla (ed), 1962, The Broken Spears: the Aztec account of the conquest of Mexico, Beacon Press, Boston

David Mackay, 1985, In the Wake of Cook: Exploration, Science and Empire 1780–1801, Victoria University Press, Wellington

George E Marcus and Michael MJ Fisher, 1986, Anthropology as Cultural Critique: An Experimental Moment in the Human Sciences, University of Chicago Press, Chicago

Derek John Mulvaney, 1989, Encounters in Place: Outsiders and Aboriginal Australians, 1606–1985, University of Queensland Press, St Lucia

GS Ritchie, 1967, The Admiralty Chart: British Naval Hydrography in the Nineteenth Century, Hollis and Carter, London and Sydney

Robert I Rotberg (ed), 1970, Africa and Its Explorers: Motives, Methods and Impact, Harvard University Press, Cambridge

Bernard Smith,1960, European Vision and the South Pacific 1768–1850, Oxford University Press,Oxford

Barbara Maria Stafford, 1984, Voyage into Substance: Art, Science, Nature, and the Illustrated Travel Account, 1760–1840, MIT Press,Boston

TzvetanTodorov, 1984,The Conquest of America: the question of the other, Harper & Row, New York



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Discovers Web
Links and information on voyages of discovery

Harvard University Library Open Collections Program
Expeditions & Discoveries: Sponsored Exploration and Scientific Discovery in the Modern Age, with nine featured expeditions and material on 25 other expeditions

Society for the History of Discoveries

Time to Eat the Dogs: On Science, History, and Exploration
Excellent blog by Michael Robinson, Associate Professor of History at Hillyer College, University of Hartford. Includes a comprehensive list of links.

Scientific and geographical societies

Field Studies: Network for the history and sociology of fieldwork and scientific expeditions

History of Science Society
Founded in 1924 to foster interest in the history of science and its social and cultural relations.

The Royal Geographical Society

The Royal Society
The world’s first ever peer-reviewed scientific journal, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, was published in 1665; the entire Philosophical Transactions archive from then until 1942 can be accessed freely online.

Travel writing and literature of travel and exploration

Centre de Recherche sur la Littérature des Voyages (CRLV)

Centre for Travel Writing Studies, Nottingham Trent University

The Hakluyt Society
Established in London in 1846, the Hakluyt Society translates and publishes scholarly editions of primary records of exploratory voyages and travels and other geographical material from British and non-British perspectives. The website includes a list of annual lectures, a complete bibliography and a useful page of ‘exploration’ links.

International Society for Travel Writing

Literature of Travel and Exploration: An Encyclopedia

Roy RozenzweigCenter for History and New Media
World History Sources: Women’s Travel Writing

Those Who Dared: Two Hundred Years of Adventure Journalism
‘A collection of Guardian and Observer journalism covering tales of endurance and derring-do, from the past 200 years.’

American expeditions, travel and collecting

Free quarterly web magazine, sponsored by the American Antiquarian Society and the University of Oklahoma, exploring American history and culture before 1900. Themed editions include Scientific Americans (January 2012, vol 12, no. 2).

The Library of Congress: American Memory
American Notes: Travels in America, 1750–1920. Over 200 published narratives have been digitised.

Westward by Sea: A Maritime Perspective on American Expansion, 1820–1890

Smithsonian Institution Libraries
By Aeroplane to Pygmyland: Revisiting the 1926 Dutch and American Expedition to New Guinea

The United States Exploring Expedition, 1838–1842

Pacific encounters

Musée de la Marine
Lapérouse :Une exposition exceptionnelle au Musée de la Marine

Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (MAA), University of Cambridge

Artefacts of Encounter. The Artefacts of Encounter project focuses on objects exchanged with islanders during early European voyages to the Pacific.

National Library of Australia
South Seas: Voyaging and Cross-Cultural Encounters in the Pacific (1760–1800)

New South Wales Migration Heritage Centre
Objects through time:1788 Atlas du Voyage de Lapérouse

New Zealand Electronic Text Centre
Open access to significant New Zealand and Pacific Island texts (over 2,600 texts). Subjects include Journals and Correspondence; Historical Maori and Pacific Islands; Literature; New Zealand History; and Science and Natural History.

New Zealand History Online
Pre-1840 contact

Polynesian Voyaging Society

Western Australian Museum
Journeys of Enlightenment: French exploration of Terra Australis

Australian expeditions and travel

Project Gutenberg Australia
Journals of Australian Land and Sea Explorers and Discoverers

Burke & Wills Web: Online digital archive

National Museum of Australia
Barks, Birds & Billabongs: Exploring the Legacy of the 1948 American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land

State Library of New South Wales
Exploration – trailblazing the Australian interior

Natural history

Darwin Online
The Complete Work of Charles Darwin Online
Devoted to the eighteenth-century Swedish naturalist Carl Linnaeus and the scholars that he inspired – the 17 ‘apostles’  who travelled to every continent to research, many as part of expeditions.

Natural History Museum (London)
Expeditions and collecting

Polar expeditions and travel

Centre for Environmental History, Australian National University
The Australasian Antarctic Expedition 1911–1914

Cool Antarctica

Elisha Kent Kane Historical Society

Natural History Museum (London)
Scott’s last expedition

National Library of Scotland
Mountaineering and Polar Collections

Scott Polar Research Institute,University of Cambridge

Visions of the North: The terrors of the frozen zone, past and present

Maritime history

Centre for Maritime Historical Studies, University of Exeter
Rasor Bibliography
Annotated bibliography of British naval and maritime history by Professor Eugene Rasor.

The Society for Nautical Research

The Navy Records Society

National Maritime Museum Greenwich

Centre for the Study of Art and Travel

Centre for Imperial and Maritime Studies

The Maritime History Virtual Archives

Mystic Seaport: The Museum of America and the Sea


British Museum
The Napoleonic Expedition and the growth of collecting (1798-1836)


Daniel Crouch Rare Books
London bookdealer specialising in antique maps, atlases and books relating to travel and voyages. The wonderful web site has very useful images and notes as well as downloadable catalogues.

David Rumsey Map Collection Database and Blog

Map History/History of Cartography
Long-running website maintained and updated by a former map librarian of the British Library. No map images on the site, but information, comment and guidance on old maps, and annotated links to 6000 map images.

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