Category Archives: Travel and Exploration

Alas, Poor Dodo!

Imagine the poor creature, minding its own business on the island of Mauritius for countless millennia, and then wiped out in the course of the seventeenth century, apparently because of human intervention in a previously uninhabited island. Not only were … Continue reading

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A List of Book Published in 1815

Many bloggers, tweeters, newspaper columnists and other date nerds have already produced handy lists of the anniversaries coming up in 2015. The Big Two are of course the octocentenary of Magna Carta (sealed (not signed!) by King John on 15 … Continue reading

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The Naturalist’s and Traveller’s Companion

John Coakley Lettsom (1744–1815) seems to have been a nice sort of man. Born the son of a Quaker plantation owner in the Virgin Islands, he was sent to England at the age of six to be educated, and was … Continue reading

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The Manticore, and Other Animals

Emma Phipson is an author we have struggled with, not because of her detailed and comprehensive 1883 work on The Animal-Lore of Shakespeare’s Time, Including Quadrupeds, Birds, Reptiles, Fish and Insects, but because in writing the blurbs for one of … Continue reading

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The Roman Wall

Not, interestingly, Hadrian’s Wall, because, when the two books I’m blogging about today were written, it was not certain which emperor was responsible for the sea-to-sea landmark. It was in fact their author, John Collingwood Bruce (1805–92), who produced the … Continue reading

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