Travel Collection

This collection comprises travel literature of the 18th and 19th centuries. It comprises some of the greatest guide books and accounts of exploratory journeys such as James Cook's "A Voyage Towards the South Pole", Sir Hans Sloane's History of Jamaica and Alexander Fisher's "Voyage to Artic Regions", published in 1821. Travel literature at this time was widely read and respected, further evidence of the prevailing culture of philosophy and scientific discovery. The volumes in this collection are typical examples of the 18th and 19th century traveller's attitude to travel, natural history, colonisation and race. Many of the travel narratives are illustrated, covering areas as geographically diverse as the Americas, the Artic and Russia. It is also possible to examine the development of printing and the use of more sophisticated colouring techniques to support the text and compare the different styles - of true scientific interpretation and that where some artistic licence has been taken.


The volumes in this collection are typical examples of the range of travel literature available in the 18th and 19th centuries. This collection compliments the Natural History Collection and the Fine Book Room Collection also held at Belfast Central Library.

Physical characteristics

100 volumes

Description or Catalogue

Items in this collection are listed on an inhouse database.


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Added by Libraries NI | Last updated on: 24 May 2018