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This is an auction for ECCENTRIC TRAVELLERS by John Keay.

"The world loves an oddball and the seven famous eccentrics memorialized here . . . were very, very peculiar."
- Jan Morris reviews:

“This is a classic account of obsessives abroad. Madder than the maddest scientists, eccentric travellers made exploration popular. Who could resist the naturalist who wrestled with boa constrictors, or the evangelist who stomped the Hindu Kush stark naked?”

“FIVE STARS!!! John Keay manages to assemble the stories of seven men who were each of them famous in Britain, and in hitherto uncharted areas of the world, during their 18th and 19th century lives. The author's skill in revealing their indivdual exploits is very rewarding. Comparisons between these extaordinary characters are easily made and comfortably received. How could he fail with such a subject? He succeeds beautifully in revealing his men. Usually academically brilliant, often religiously out on one or more limbs, the travellers chart dreadful dangers for often obscure purpose. John Keay successively presents us with the full spectrum of conflicting qualities of, and some of the disadvantages associated with being, an eccentric in a strange and unvisited world.”

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Paperback 2001.

219 pages.

Good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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