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Travel Literature: Asia, Nineteenth Century and Earlier
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For the purposes of this web page, included in "Asia" are the following: China, Greece, India, Japan, Mongolia, eastern Russia, and Siberia.

Please note that items in bold are described in the Library's online catalog and you will need to review the catalog to obtain the call number of each item. Other items are described in guides in Special Collections and Archives.


I. Manuscript and Archival Materials
  • Letter J.B. Hartwell to Rev. Richard Furman, III on April 28, 1860 from Shanghai, China discussing missionary activities, current events including the presence of French and English military, Furman Family Collection, Map Case
  • South Carolina Primary Documents Collection - letter George Dewey, Hong Kong, March 22, 1898
II. Books and Published Materials
  • Travels in various countries of Europe, Asia, and Africa. Part the second. Greece, Egypt, and the Holy Land, Edward Daniel Clarke, 1813
  • An account of the kingdom of Caubul: and its dependencies in Persia, Tartary, and India; comprising a view of the Afghaun nation and a history of the Dooraunee monarchy Mountstuart Elphinstone, 1842
  • Narrative of a mission to Bokhara, in the years 1843-1845, to ascertain the fate of Colonel Stoddart and Captain Conolly, Rev. Joseph Wolff, 1845
  • Memoir of Mrs. Sarah D. Comstock: Missionary to Arracan [India], Mrs. A.M. Edmond, 1854
  • An illustrated description of the Russian empire, embracing its geographical features, political divisions, principal cities and towns...manners and customs, historic summary, Robert Sears, 1855
  • Narrative of the expedition of an American squadron to the China Seas and Japan, performed in the years 1852, 1853, and 1854, under the command of Commodore M. C. Perry, United States Navy, by order of the government of the United States. Comp. from the original notes and journals of Commodore Perry, M.C. Perry, 1856
  • Oriental and Western Siberia; a narrative of seven years' explorations and adventures in Siberia, Mongolia, the Kirghis Steppes, Chinese Tartary, and a part of central Asia Thomas Witlam Atkinson, 1858
  • China and Japan, a record of observations made during a residence of several years in China, and a tour of official visitation to the missions of both countries in 1877-78, Rev. I.W. Wiley, 1879
  • In brightest Asia, Henry C. Mabie, D. D, 1891
  • Mentone, Cairo and Corfu, Constance Fenimore Woolson, 1896
  • Russia, 2 volumes, from the Nations of the World multi-volume set, Alfred Rambaud, 1898
  • Our New Possessions: A Graphic Account, Descriptive and Historical, of the Tropic Islands of the Sea which have fallen under our sway, their cities, peoples, and commerce, natural resources and the opportunities they offer to Americans, Trumbull White, 1898 [the Philippine Islands, Puerto Rico, Cuba, and the Hawaiian Islands]
  • A Son of Satsuma; or, With Perry in Japan Kirk Munroe, 1901
  • Evolution in my mission views; or, Growth of gospel mission principles in my own mind, Tai-an-fu, China, 1852-1902 Tarleton Perry Crawford, 1903
  • Fifty years in China; an eventful memoir of Tarleton Perry Crawford, D. D. Rev. L. S. Foster
  • An army officer on leave in Japan, including a sketch of Manila and environment, Philippine insurrection of 1896-7, Dewey's battle of Manila Bay and a description of Formosa L. Mervin Maus, 1911
III. Materials Covering Multiple Categories
  • Historic Textbook Collection, 19th century
  • The Commission or Southern Baptist Missionary Magazine, September 1856; June 1857
  • Literature of travel and exploration: an Encyclopedia, Jennifer Speake, editor. Travel writing bibliographies and historiographies.
  • The Norton book of travel, editor Paul Fussell, 1987. Travel writing anthology of notable authors.
  • Return passages: great American travel writing 1780-1910, Larzer Ziff
  • The Mind of the Traveler : From Gilgamesh to global tourism, Eric J. Leed
  • Nineteenth-Century Travels, Explorations and Empires: Writings from the Era of Imperial Consolidation, 1835-1910, Edited Susan Schoenbauer, 2003
  • Women Writing Home, 1700-1920 Klaus Stierstorfer, 2006. 6 volume collection of women's letters from across the former British Empire includes Africa, India, USA, Canada and others.
  • Following the Equator : A journey around the world, Mark Twain (Samuel L. Clemens), 1897, India
  • Travels in Greece, Palestine, Egypt and Barbary: during the years 1806 and 1807, F.A. de Chateaubriand; translated from the French by Frederic Shoberl, 1816
  • The Working Christian/ The Baptist Courier 1869 to present
IV. Artifacts
V. Reference and Other Materials in the Main Library
  • Travels in Asia and Africa, 1325-1354, Ibn Battuta ; translated and selected by H.A.R. Gibb, with an introduction and notes, 2001, General Collection
  • Contemporaries of Marco Polo : consisting of the travel records to the eastern parts of the world of William of Rubruck [1253-1255]; the journey of John of Pian de Carpini [1245-1247]; the journal of Friar Odoric [1318-1330]; the oriental travels of Rabbi Benjamin of Tudela [1160-1173], edited by Manuel Komroff, 1989, General Collection
  • Marco Polo: from Venice to Xanadu, Laurence Bergreen, 2007, General Collection
  • The travels of Marco Polo, the Venetian, translated by W. Marsden and revised by T. Wright; newly revised and edited by Peter Harris; with an introduction by Colin Thubron, 2008, General Collection
  • The travels of Mendes Pinto, Fernão Mendes Pinto; edited and translated by Rebecca D. Catz, 1989, General Collection
  • Voyage en Sibérie : fait par ordre du roi en 1761, edition critique par Michel Mervaud, 2004, General Collection
  • Siberian journey: down the Amur to the Pacific, 1856-1857, Perry McDonough Collins, edited with an introd. by Charles Vevier, 1962, General Collection
  • In the South seas; being an account of experiences and observations in the Marquesas, Paumotus and Gilbert islands in the course of two cruises, on the yacht "Casco" (1888) and the schooner "Equator" (1889), by Robert Louis Stevenson, 1922, General Collection
  • Our Samoan adventure, by Fanny and Robert Louis Stevenson. With a three-year diary by Mrs. Stevenson, now published for the first time, together with rare photos. from family albums. Edited with an introd. and notes, by Charles Neider, Fanny van de Grift Stevenson, 1955, General Collection

  • Russian views of Japan, 1792-1913: an anthology of travel writing, edited and translated by David N. Wells, 2004, General Collection
  • Other routes : 1500 years of African and Asian travel writing, edited by Tabish Khair et al.; foreword by Amitav Ghosh, 2005, General Collection
  • Great Women Travel Writers: from 1750 to the present, editor Alba Amoia and Bettina L. Knapp, 2005, General Collection
  • Encyclopedia of Exploration, 4 volumes, editor John Raymond Howgego, 2003-2008, Reference Collection
  • Encyclopedia of Historians and Historical Writing, editor, Kelly Boyd, Reference Collection
  • International historical statistics : Africa, Asia & Oceania, 1750-2000 B.R. Mitchell, 2003, Reference Collection
  • Encyclopedia of Asian history, prepared under the auspices of the Asia Society ; Ainslie T. Embree, editor in chief, 1998
VI. Online Resources at Furman
VII. Web Sites