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Explore the world with The Folio Society’s collection of enthralling travel books. From hair-raising tales of exploration to adventures in fascinating countries and cultures, Folio Society books include specially researched photographs, maps and illustrations and come in beautiful hardback bindings. They are books to inspire your own travels or the perfect gift for an armchair explorer. See below for the full list of Folio Travel and Exploration books.

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South Polar Times book

South Polar Times

Published in partnership with the Royal Geographical Society, the British Library and the Scott Polar Research Institute, this Folio edition is the complete facsimile of all twelve original issues of the South Polar Times – Captain Scott’s expedition magazine.

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Behind the Wall book

Behind the Wall

Colin Thubron

A vivid portrait of a post-Mao China, from one of the great travel writers.

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The Great Railway Bazaar book

The Great Railway Bazaar

Paul Theroux

Theroux's account of his four-month journey from London to Japan by train has become a classic of travel writing. Featuring a new introduction by the author.

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Impossible Journeys book

Impossible Journeys

Mathew Lyons

Before the modern age, only the intrepid, foolhardy or mad would undertake a voyage of exploration. Impossible Journeys tells the stories of 24 of these extraordinary journeys, from the Middle Ages to the Victorian era.

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In Patagonia book

In Patagonia

Bruce Chatwin

Described by the Guardian as ‘the book that redefined travel writing’, Chatwin’s idiosyncratic account of Patagonia thrums with surprising details and literary finesse. Featuring 22 photographs by the author, 9 of which are previously unpublished.

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Into the Unknown: Tales from the Great Explorers book

Into the Unknown: Tales from the Great Explorers

Sourced from the archives of the Royal Geographical Society, these accounts give an explorer’s eye-view of some of the most extraordinary human journeys ever undertaken.

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Joseph Banks: A Life book

Joseph Banks: A Life

Patrick O'Brian

An inspired biography of the great naturalist and explorer, by the author of the much-loved Aubrey-Maturin novels.

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Longitude book

Longitude

Dava Sobel

A fascinating story of perilous seas and brilliant innovation, accompanied by wonderful colour photographs. With a new preface from the author, Dava Sobel

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The Malay Archipelago: The Land of the Orang-Utan and the Bird of Paradise book

The Malay Archipelago: The Land of the Orang-Utan and the Bird of Paradise

Alfred Russel Wallace

A milestone in the theory of evolution and one of the greatest books of 19th-century historic travel, this lavish two-volume edition brings together a wealth of illustrative material.

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Manhattan '45 book

Manhattan '45

Jan Morris

Jan Morris’s exuberant and witty love letter to the Manhattan of 1945 effortlessly evokes a time when it was ‘the most hopeful city on earth’.

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Mani: Travels in the Southern Peloponnese & Roumeli: Travels in Northern Greece book

Mani: Travels in the Southern Peloponnese & Roumeli: Travels in Northern Greece

Patrick Leigh Fermor

Patrick Leigh Fermor’s celebrated travel memoirs of Greece, presented in a two-volume set, illustrated and with photographs from the first editions.

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The Mapmakers book

The Mapmakers

John Noble Wilford

The definitive history of the pioneers of cartography, lavishly illustrated with 32 pages of colour plates.

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Notes from a Small Island book

Notes from a Small Island

Bill Bryson

Bryson's account of his farewell tour of Britain by public transport is a hilarious and affectionate tribute by Britain's funniest adopted son.

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The Oregon Trail               book

The Oregon Trail

Francis Parkman

The book of Parkman's youth and one of the first great chronicles of the American West, The Oregon Trail remains the most popular of all his works.

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The Quest for the Northwest Passage book

The Quest for the Northwest Passage

Glyn Williams

Exclusive to Folio, this collection of first-hand accounts – compiled by one of the subject’s leading authorities – charts this epic quest through the testimony of the explorers themselves.

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