An inspired biography of the great naturalist and explorer, by the author of the much-loved Aubrey-Maturin novels.
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.
Neal Ascherson chronicles the tumultuous history of the sea where East meets West. He recalls Ovid’s exile on its shores, charts Scythian wayfarers, Stalinist purges and Hitler’s vision of a German Gothic Crimea. His thoughtful book ends by considering the sea’s damaged ecology – perhaps to be its final tragedy.
Before he became famous as Lawrence of Arabia, T. E. Lawrence travelled through Britain, France, Syria and Palestine to research his undergraduate thesis on ‘The Influence of the Crusades on European Military Architecture to the End of the Twelfth Century’. Lawrence’s brilliant observations have since been confirmed by modern research.
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 Featuring 22 photographs by the author, 9 of which are previously unpublished.
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.
Patrick Leigh Fermor’s celebrated travel memoirs of Greece, presented in a two-volume set, illustrated and with photographs from the first editions.
A.H. Layard’s discovery of the Assyrian citadel Nineveh was momentous. This edition displays his celebrated pictures of the site, done in situ. In his introduction, Andrew George, Professor of Babylonian and Assyrian at the University of London, applauds Layard’s adventurous spirit.