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Travels into Print

Exploration, Writing, and Publishing with John Murray, 1773-1859

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

Travels into Print

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

392 pages | 15 color plates, 25 halftones, 1 table | 6 x 9 | © 2015
Cloth $45.00 ISBN: 9780226429533 Published May 2015
E-book $10.00 to $45.00 About E-books ISBN: 9780226233574 Published May 2015
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.
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
Review Quotes
H. Corbett, Northeastern University | Choice
Travels Into Print is a study of both how these narratives were written and published, and how readers came to understand Britain’s place in an expanding world through their consumption of these works. The authors argue that Murray was not simply reproducing travel diaries; the publisher often had a good deal of influence on how narratives were shaped and presented, including the maps and illustrations that were reproduced from field sketches with varying degrees of accuracy. Analyses of the texts themselves show how writers strove to present themselves as credible and authoritative, and how government sponsorship perhaps affected the motive and message of exploration narratives. John Murray's prominence in the field permits wider conclusions to be drawn about the history of publishing and the production and reception of travel writing. The interdisciplinary nature of this treatment makes the work accessible and relevant to scholars in many fields. . . . Recommended.”
Library: The Transactions of the Bibliographical Society
“This is a work solidly based on extensive research in the John Murray Archive, now made more accessible since becoming a jewel in the crown of the National Library of Scotland. . . . As is the custom with the University of Chicago Press, production standards are of the highest and at a price much more favourable than is the norm for British publishers. The coloured plates, and black and white illustrations in the text are all carefully chosen to add to the narrative. . . . Readers with an interest in nineteenth-century publishing without a specialist interest in discovery and exploration will find much of interest in the developments of a major publishing house.”
Nineteenth-Century Contexts
Travels into Print provides a crucial textual back story, as it were, to more theoretically inflected studies of nineteenth-century travel writing, one that sheds new light on the complex ways colonial encounters and narratives made the journey into print. . . . Travels into Print has much to offer scholars of nineteenth-century literature, history, and print culture. Meticulously researched, the book also forms a fine introduction to the interdisciplinary nature of travel studies and to the current state of scholarship in the field. . . . One hopes that Travels into Print marks the beginning of still deeper forays into questions of textual production and history, a rich and largely unchartered corner of travel writing studies.”
Discover: The Magazine of the National Library of Scotland
“Opens up a world of travel writing. The link between a world-leading publisher and two centuries of exploration is . . . celebrated.”
Beau Riffenburgh | Polar Record
“A significant interdisciplinary study that makes contributions not just to the history of geographical exploration and of the book trade, but also to the history of science, art, and cartography, as well as to popular culture, literary studies, and theories of the meaning and reception of ideas. . . . In summary, this is a well-researched, in-depth analysis of a relevant and interesting subject. It is recommended for those interested in historical geography, the history of books, or the relation between popular culture and exploration.”
Ab Imperio
“A landmark in the study of travel literature.”
Peter Hulme, University of Essex, UK | author of "Cuba’s Wild East: A Literary Geography of Oriente"
“The originality of the book’s focus lies in its attention to the whole process of publishing, from the writer’s original notebooks through to the end product and its marketing. It moves from the facts of travel and geographical exploration to consider how the accounts of these travels appeared in print—a journey that turns out to have been rich in complications. This kind of attention is made possible by the uniquely full records that survive in the John Murray Archive. In this sense, the book is a case study; but the issues raised are so wide-ranging that it turns itself into a much more ambitious analysis. Each of the three authors has clearly brought different strengths to the project, broadening and deepening the book’s range. But they have worked together so effectively that the book reads as if it had been written by a single author: there is only one voice. A triumph for the virtues of collaboration and a novel, needed, and groundbreaking contribution, this is a truly original and major work, arguably the most important yet to appear in the burgeoning field of travel writing studies.”
Dane Kennedy, George Washington University | author of "The Last Blank Spaces: Exploring Africa and Australia"
“No one did more to transform travel writing into one of the nineteenth century’s most popular genres than the publishing firm of John Murray, and no one has done more to reveal the significance of that project than the authors of this important new book.  Making meticulous use of the Murray archives, Keighren, Withers, and Bell have written a rich and penetrating account of how, as they put it, ‘the world was put into words.’  Their study offers fresh insights into the premises and practices of travel and exploration, the struggle to give credibility to travelers’ tales, the highly mediated process by which travelers became authors, the social and economic forces that shaped print culture, and much more, making it a work that scholars in a range of disciplines will want to read.”
Sydney Shep, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
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.”
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