This collection will bring together a selection of works by travellers studying natural philosophy as well as natural history. The set will cover a wide geographical spread, including accounts from Australia, Asia, Africa and South America. The style of writing and subject matter are also diverse. Some offer more reflective writing, mingling scientific observation with romantic musing and high style, others have a more specific focus - such as Bates description of Mimicry in butterflies in Bali.
The first volume includes a general introduction to the collection and each succeeding volume also includes a new introduction by the editor, which places each work in its historical and intellectual context.
* Thomas Baine, Exploration of South-East Africa (1789)
* John White, Journal of a Voyage to New South Wales (1790)
* Alexander von Humboldt, Aspects of Nature (1849) in 2 volumes
* Charles Darwin, Journal of Researches (1839)
* Joseph Hooker, Himalayan Journals (1854) in 2 volumes
* H.W.Bates, Naturalist on the River Amazons (1863) in 2 volumes
* A.R.Wallace, The Malay Archipelago (1869)