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Travel Literature: Middle East
From Charles Dudley Warner's In the Levant
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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.

Note: The "Middle East" has varied over the centuries in terms of geographical divisions and nomenclature; for the purposes of this page, the "Middle East" includes but is not limited to Egypt, Greece, Palestine, Barbary, the Holy Land, Arabia Petrĉa, the Levant, Israel, parts of Asia Minor, Syria, parts of the Orient, parts of Tartary, Turkey, etc.

I. Manuscript and Archival Materials
  • Furman Family Papers: contains nineteenth-century correspondence from a family member serving as a diplomat in Constantinople.
  • John L. Plyler, Jr. Postcard Collection: contains mid-twentieth century postcards from Egypt, Greece, Israel, Jordan, Syria, and Turkey.
  • Diane Hopkins-Hughs Collection: contains National Geographic magazines from 1963 through 1991 describing various aspects of Middle Eastern politics, cultures, geography, and history.
  • Robert Tucker Collection: contains guidebooks, hotel packets, travel pamphlets, maps, and a handwritten travelogue from Robert Tucker's 1977 travels in Italy, Greece, and Turkey; as well as slides and a handwritten travelogue from Tucker's 1979 travels in Egypt.
  • Robert Tucker Coin Collection: Egyptian coins from ca. 1979.
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
  • The Fall of Constantinople, Being the Story of the Fourth Crusade, Edwin Pears, 1886
  • The Antiquities of Constantinople, Pierre Gilles [1544]; based on the translation by John Ball, 1988
  • The Sacred and Prophane History of the World Connected, From the Creation of the World to the Dissolution of the Assyrian Empire at the Death of Sardanapalus, and to the Declension of the Kingdoms of Judah and Israel, under the Reigns of Ahaz and Pekah, Vol. 1, Samuel Shuckford, D.D. Chaplain in Ordinary to his Majesty, 1743
Please note that the materials listed here represent travels during the 19th century, although the publication dates may be later.
  • Napoleon's Egypt : invading the Middle East [1798-1801] Juan Cole, 2007
  • A Historical, Political and Moral Essay On Revolutions: Ancient and Modern, by F.A. de Chateaubriand, 1815
  • Travels in Greece, Palestine, Egypt and Barbary: during the years 1806 and 1807, F.A. de Chateaubriand, 1816
  • The Fall of Babylon; or, The History of the Empire of Assyria: Compiled from Rollin, Prideaux, and Other Authorities, by the Author of Pierre and his Family, etc., 1828
  • Constantinople and its environs, David Porter, 1835
  • Incidents of Travel in Egypt, Arabia Petrĉa, and the Holy Land, John Lloyd Stephens, 1839
  • Narrative of the United States' Expedition to the River Jordan and the Dead Sea, William Francis Lynch, 1850
  • From Dan To Beersheba: or the land of promise as it now appears, including a description of ohe boundaries, topography, agriculture, antiquities, aities, and present inhabitants of that wonderful land, John Philip Newman, 1864
  • Remarkable Characters and Places of the Holy Land: Comprising an Account of Patriarchs, Judges, Prophets, Apostles, Women, Warriors, Poets, and Kings. With Descriptions of Ancient Cities and Venerated Shrines, Charles Wyllys Elliott, 1867
  • In the Levant, Charles Dudley Warner, 1876
  • The Temple, its ministry and services: as they were at the time of Jesus Christ, Rev. Dr. Edersheim, 1880
  • The Land and the Book; or, Biblical illustrations drawn from the manners and customs, the scenes and scenery, of the Holy land, William M. Thomson, 3 volumes, 1880-1885
  • Selected essays on language, mythology and religion, F. Max Müller, 1881
  • The Lands of the Saracens, or Pictures of Palestine, Asia Minor, Sicily and Spain, Bayard Taylor, 1883
  • A Baptist Abroad: or Travels and Adventures in Europe and all Bible Lands, Walter Andrew Whittle, 1890
  • Jerusalem, the holy city; its history and hope, Mrs. Oliphant, with wood engravings from drawings by Hamilton Aidë and photographs by F. M. Good, 1892
  • Justus Perthes' Atlas antiquus. Pocket-atlas of the ancient world, Dr. Alb. van Kampen, 1893
  • Anonymous pilgrims, I.-VIII. (11th and 12th centuries.), translated by Aubrey Stewart, 1894
  • Mentone, Cairo and Corfu, Constance Fenimore Woolson, 1896
  • Jerusalem the holy; a brief history of ancient Jerusalem; with an account of the modern city and its conditions political, religious, and social, Edwin Sherman Wallace, 1898
  • The Land of Israel: A Text-Book on the Physical and Historical Geography of the Holy Land Embodying the Results of Recent Research, Robert Laird Stewart, 1899
  • Travels in upper and lower Egypt during the campaigns of General Bonaparte, Vivant Denon, 1986
  • American Missionaries and the Middle East, Foundational Encounters Editors Mehmet Ali Dogan and Heather J. Sharkey, 2011
20th Century
  • Memorable places among the Holy hills, Robert Laird Stewart, 1902
  • Sinai and Palestine, in connection with their history, Arthur Penrhyn Stanley, 1903
  • Syria: the desert & the sown, Gertrude Lowthian Bell, 1908
  • A camera crusade through the Holy Land, Dwight L. Elmendorf, with one hundred illustrations from photographs by the author, 1912
  • The Land and the Book: or Biblical illustrations drawn from the manners and customs, the scenes and scenery of the Holy Land, W. M. Thomson, 1913
  • The land of the prophets, Albert H. Heusser, 1916
  • The historical geography of the Holy Land: especially in relation to the history of Israel and of the early church, George Adam Smith, 1920
  • The Holy Land and Syria, Frank G. Carpenter, 1922
  • A pilgrimage to Palestine, Harry Emerson Fosdick, 1927
  • Persian pictures, Gertrude Bell; with a preface by E. Denison Ross, 1928
  • Flight to Everywhere: A Picture Journey over 32,000 miles of Air Transport Command Routes through jungle, desert and arctic, Ivan Dmitri, 1944
  • The Spectacular Miracles of the Past in Asia Minor: Goreme (Cappadocia), with 113 Illustrations in Color, printed in Istanbul, 1960s
  • Across a Darkling Plain; an American's Passage through the Middle East, Marshall Frady, 1971
  • In the wake of saints and sinners: a voyage where Saint Paul sailed, an odyssey where animosities whip across the seas unannounced, Ann Herlong, 1995
  • Baptists in Israel : the letters of Paul and Marjorie Rowden, 1952-1957, Rebecca Rowden, 2010
III. Materials Covering Multiple Categories
  • Historic Textbook Collection, 19th century
  • Nineteenth-Century Travels, Explorations and Empires: Writings from the Era of Imperial Consolidation, 1835-1910, Editor Susan Schoenbauer, 2003
  • Travels, explorations, and empires : writings from the era of imperial expansion, 1770-1835 Editors Tim Fulford and Peter J. Kitson, 2001
  • "Success and Access to Knowledge in the Tourist-Local Encounter: Confrontations with the Unexpected in a Turkish Community," Hazel Tucker, 2005. In Great Expectations: Imagination and Anticipation in Tourism, edited by Jonathan Skinner and Dimitros Theodossopoulos, 2011
IV. Reference and Other Materials in the Main Library
Please note that publication date may not indicate the date of travel.
  • The Cambridge encyclopedia of the Middle East and North Africa, Editors Trevor Mostyn, Albert Hourani, 1988, Reference Collection
  • Dictionary of the Middle East, Dilip Hiro, 1996, Reference Collection
  • Historical atlas of the Middle East, G.S.P. Freeman-Grenville cartography, Lorraine Kessel, 1993, Reference Collection
  • The new encyclopedia of Islam, Cyril Glassé, 2008, Reference Collection
  • Egeria: diary of a pilgrimage, Egeria, translated and edited by George E. Gingras, 1970, General Collection
  • Ibn Fadlan's journey to Russia: a tenth-century traveler from Baghad to the Volga River, Ahmad Ibn Fadlan, translated with commentary by Richard N. Frye, 2005, General Collection
  • The Travels of Sir John Mandeville : a manuscript in the British Library, introduction and commentaries on the plates by Josef Krása; translated from the Czech by Peter Kussi, 1983, General Collection
  • Once to Sinai : the further pilgrimage of Friar Felix Fabri, H.F.M. Prescott, 1958, General Collection
  • Leonhard Rauwolf; Sixteenth-century Physician, Botanist, and Traveler, Karl H. Dannenfeldt, 1968, General Collection
  • The intimate life of an Ottoman statesman: Melek Ahmed Pasha (1588-1662) : as portrayed in Evliya Çelebi's Book of travels (Seyahat-name), translation and commentary by Robert Dankoff ; with a historical introduction by Rhoads Murphey, 1991, Electronic Resource
  • The Travels and Journal of Ambrosio Bembo, 1671, General Collection
  • The Innocents Abroad, or, The New Pilgrims' Progress, Mark Twain, 1903, General Collection
  • Traveling with the Innocents Abroad; Mark Twain's Original Reports from Europe and the Holy Land , Mark Twain, Ed. Daniel Morley McKeithan, 1958, General Collection
  • Disraeli's Grand Tour: Benjamin Disraeli and the Holy Land, 1830-31, Robert Blake, 1982, General Collection
  • The Expedition for the Survey of the Rivers Euphrates and Tigris, carried on by order of the British Government in the years 1835, 1836, and 1837, Lieut.-Colonel Chesney, 1969, General Collection
  • Journal of a Visit to Europe and the Levant, October 11, 1856-May 6, 1857, Herman Melville, Ed. Howard C. Horsf, 1955, General Collection
  • Viewing the Islamic Orient: British Travel Writers of the Nineteenth Century, Pallavi Pandit Laisram, 2006, General Collection
  • In the steps of the Master, Henry Vollam Morton; with illustrations and maps, 1934, General Collection
  • In the steps of St. Paul, Henry Vollam Morton, 1936, General Collection
  • Through Lands of the Bible, Henry Vollam Morton, 1938, General Collection
  • Strange Lands and Friendly People, William Orville Douglas, 1951, General Collection
  • Bitter lemons, Lawrence Durrell, 1957, General Collection
  • Arabian Sands, Wilfred Thesiger, 1959, General Collection
  • Pioneers East; the Early American Experience in the Middle East, David H. Finnie, 1967, General Collection
  • Blue thirst, Lawrence Durrell, 1975, General Collection
  • The Last Nomad: One Man's Forty Year Adventure in the World's most Remote Deserts, Mountains, and Marshes, Wilfred Thesiger, 1979, General Collection
  • Itinerarium Sacrae Scripturae, Heinrich Bünting, 1652, Electronic Resource
  • A journey into Greece by George Wheler, Esq., in company of Dr. Spon of Lyons: in six books ...: with variety of sculptures, George Wheler, 1682, Electronic Resource
  • An account of the churches, or places of assembly, of the primitive Christians from the churches of Tyre, Jerusalem, and Constantinople: described by Eusebius: and ocular observations of several very ancient edifices of churches yet extant in those parts: with a seasonable application, by Sir George Wheler, 1689, Electronic Resource
V. Online Resources at Furman
VI. Web Sites