Travels Into Print: Exploration, Writing, And Publishing With John Murray, 1773-1859

Hardcover | May 11, 2015

byInnes M. Keighren, Charles W. J. Withers, Bill Bell

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In eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Britain, books of travel and exploration were much more than simply the printed experiences of intrepid authors. They were works of both artistry and industry—products of the complex, and often contested, relationships between authors and editors, publishers and printers. These books captivated the reading public and played a vital role in creating new geographical truths. In an age of global wonder and of expanding empires, there was no publisher more renowned for its travel books than the House of John Murray.

Drawing on detailed examination of the John Murray Archive of manuscripts, images, and the firm’s correspondence with its many authors—a list that included such illustrious explorers and scientists as Charles Darwin and Charles Lyell, and literary giants like Jane Austen, Lord Byron, and Sir Walter Scott—Travels into Print considers how journeys of exploration became published accounts and how travelers sought to demonstrate the faithfulness of their written testimony and to secure their personal credibility. This fascinating study in historical geography and book history takes modern readers on a journey into the nature of exploration, the production of authority in published travel narratives, and the creation of geographical authorship—a journey bound together by the unifying force of a world-leading publisher.

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In eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Britain, books of travel and exploration were much more than simply the printed experiences of intrepid authors. They were works of both artistry and industry—products of the complex, and often contested, relationships between authors and editors, publishers and printers. These books captivated the...

Innes M. Keighren is a senior lecturer in human geography at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is the author of Bringing Geography to Book: Ellen Semple and the Reception of Geographical Knowledge. Charles W. J. Withers is the Ogilvie Professor of Geography at the University of Edinburgh and the first Geographer Royal for Scotla...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:392 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.7 inPublished:May 11, 2015Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0226429539

ISBN - 13:9780226429533

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments

Chapter One
Exploration and Narrative: Travel, Writing, Publishing, and the House of Murray

Chapter Two
Undertaking Travel and Exploration: Motives and Practicalities

Chapter Three
Writing the Truth: Claims to Credibility in Exploration and Narrative

Chapter Four
Explorers Become Authors: Authorship and Authorization

Chapter Five
Making the Printed Work: Paratextual Material, Visual Images, and Book Production

Chapter Six
Travel Writing in the Marketplace

Chapter Seven
Assembling Words and Worlds

Appendix

Books of Non-European Travel and Exploration Published by John Murray between 1773 and 1859: By Date of First Imprint, with Notes on Edition History before 1901
Notes
Bibliography
Index

Editorial Reviews

“Travels into Print offers an original and nuanced approach to book history that exposes the rich interdisciplinary nature of the field. While the work claims neither to be a house history nor an exhaustive exploration of the Murray Archive, its three authors interweave perspectives from historical geography, history of science, art history, material culture, and literary studies to examine travel, topography, and the book trade. In the process, they demonstrate the complex technical, intellectual, political, cultural, and moral negotiations and interventions that bring printed works into the public sphere. Written in a highly engaging, accessible style, Travels into Print gives a fascinating glimpse into the multivariate worlds of travel and exploration narratives and how they have been fashioned in and out of the imaginations of authors, publishers, and their audiences.”