A Celebration of Travel Literature

Come and join us on Wednesday 13th June, from 7pm to 9pm at Blackwell’s Bookshop, Oxford for a fabulous evening celebrating Travel and Travel Writing.

Peter Whitfield, the author of ‘Travel: A Literary History’, published by the Bodleian, will be talking about his book and answering questions.

This wide-ranging book is the first survey of the entire history of travel literature, with illustrations reproduced from manuscripts and books in the Bodleian Library’s collections. Writers covered include Marco Polo, Sir John Mandeville, Thomas Coryate, Captain Cook, T.E. Lawrence, and Christopher Columbus as well as Boswell and Johnson, Byron, Ruskin, Defoe, Conrad, and James. This book highlights over a hundred texts, showing how one motive for travelling has been succeeded by another, and how travel writing has often inhabited a strange borderland between truth and imagination, fact and fiction.

In addition, we will be joined by Voyages To Antiquity, a travel company which offers cultural and historic cruises, who will be there to talk about their cruises.

There will also be an opportunity to peruse our special selection of Italian Travel literature recently purchased by our Secondhand department. This is a unique collection which comprises period Italian (and surround regions) travel and military history titles, including picture books.

Places are free, but please register beforehand by dropping your name and contact details to events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk

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