Travels into PrintExploration, Writing, and Publishing with John Murray, 1773-1859

Travels into PrintExploration, Writing, and Publishing with John Murray, 1773-1859

Innes M. Keighren, Charles W. J. Withers, and Bill Bell

Print publication date: 2015

ISBN: 9780226429533

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Abstract

The book examines the production of more than 200 books of exploration and travel in the period between James Cook’s voyages in the Pacific Ocean, and John Franklin’s sensational death on Arctic ice. It traces the journey of these texts from ‘in-the-field’ notebooks and manuscripts to final printed narratives. With reference to works of non-European travel and exploration published by John Murray—Britain’s leading literary house in the nineteenth century—the book explores how the ‘travels into print’ of these works involved complex negotiations between author and publisher, and required that authors establish clearly the basis in truth of what they recounted in print. Travels into Print is the first such volume to examine these issues for Britain’s leading publisher of travel and exploration accounts at a crucial period in terms of geographical and public knowledge about the world.