This is a wonderful DIY book for the nineteenth century explorer and adventurer, containing as it does the combined wisdom of two such men. Baines and Lord had between them adventured in Africa, Australia, the Crimea and India and offer this book to others who might follow and benefit from the advice of ‘two roving Englishmen who have roughed it.’
Shifts and expedients of camp life
As chosen by Sir David Attenborough on Desert Island Discs Friday 3 February 2012.
“How to baffle an alligator….”
Topics covered in this facsimile reprint range from the correct attire and the relative benefits of shoes, boots and sandals, through how to deal with your camel, poisoned arrows and how best to sketch and draw whilst travelling. A delight to delve into and packed with sketches and illustrations showing ‘the best way to…’ It gives a thought provoking insight into the ingenuity required by latter day travellers for all manner of situations and day-to-day activities which had to be surmounted, as often the alternative was of a rather unpleasant and potentially terminal nature.