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Literature of travel and exploration: an encyclopedia. Jennifer Speake, editor. New York: Fitzroy Dearborn, 2003.
Trustee Reading Room Reference (DR) G465.L565 2003
Useful not only as a source of background information, but also as a way to identify travel narratives about particular places. Also lists editions and translations of travel narratives in the entries for individual writers.

Trade, travel, and exploration in the Middle Ages: an encyclopedia. Editors, John Block Friedman, Kristen Mossler Figg; associate editor, Scott D. Westrem; collaborating editor, Gregory G. Guzman. New York : Garland Pub., 2000.
Firestone HF1001 .T7 2000
This encyclopedia has solid coverage of many writers, places and concepts important in medieval travel. Includes suggested further readings, editions and translations of major authors/texts. More up-to-date than the entries in the Dictionary of the Middle Ages.


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A reference guide to the literature of travel, including voyages, geographical descriptions, adventures, shipwrecks and expeditons. Edward Godfrey Cox. Seattle, The University of Washington, 1935-49.
Firestone Library Z6011 .C87 [3 volumes]

When the going was good: a guide to the 99 best narratives of travel, exploration, and adventure. Grove Koger. Lanham, Md. ; Oxford : Scarecrow Press, 2002
Firestone Z6016.T7 K64 2002
Limited to narratives in English or English translation, and almost entirely from after 1800.

Global odyssey: a bibliography of travel literature, 1940 to the present. Compiled for the Center for the Study of Global Change by Dawn Childress. Bloomington, Ind.: Indiana University, 2006.
Firestone Library Z6011 .G563 2006

Global odyssey: a bibliography of travel literature before 1940. Compiled for the Center for the Study of Global Change by Melissa S. Van Vuuren and Angela Courtney. Bloomington, Ind.: Indiana University, 2006.
Firestone Library Z6011 .G56 2006
Bibliography of published travel narratives, in English, arranged geographically. Does not include guidebooks or guides for emigrants.


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