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Noteworthy Victorians: Travelers, Explorers & Adventurers

The Victorian period was a new age of exploration - an age in which relatively "ordinary" people could undertake travels that were never before possible. Of particular note were the many women who ventured into places women had never been thought capable of visiting or enduring.

Bird, Isabella - The Travels of Miss Bird, by Edward Whymper (GOP 1886)
"Miss Bird commenced her travels at the age of 21 by going with some relations to Prince Edward Island, and shortly afterwards went by herself to Canada and the United States. She published an account of this journey, under the title of 'The Englishwoman in America.'"
Baker, Lady Florence - Famous Lady Travelers: The Adventures of Lady Baker, by Edward Whymper (GOP 1885)
Her "journey through the Soudan to the Equator is one of the most extraordinary ever performed by a lady."
Blunt, Lady Anne - Famous Lady Travelers: The Great Arabian Traveler Lady Anne Blunt, by Edward Whymper (GOP 1885)
"Lady Blunt and her husband went boldly [amongst the Bedouins] without disguise, and were everywhere known as foreigners."
Burnaby & Walker - Two Lady Alpine Climbers, by Edward Whymper (GOP 1886)
Mrs. F. Burnaby and Miss Lucy Walker, alpine climbers.
Edwards, Amelia - Drawings by Amelia Edwards (GOP 1893)
A collection of sketches by Amelia Edwards, writer and Egyptologist (and one of the inspirations for Elizabeth Peters' "Amelia Peabody").
Edwards, Amelia - Few Personal Notes of Amelia Blandford Edwards, by Esther Du Bois (GOP 1898)
A brief article about the noted Egyptologist.
Godin, Madame - The Adventures of Madame Godin, by Edward Whymper (GOP 1885)
A woman who traveled the Amazon.
Gordon-Cummings, Constance - Famous Lady Travelers: Miss Constance F. Gordon-Cummings, by Edward Whymper (GOP 1885)
"She has traveled more or less over half the world."
Pfeiffer, Ida - Ida Pfeiffer: A World-Wide Traveler, by Edward Whymper (GOP 1886)
"On May 1st, 1846, Madame Pfeiffer left Vienna on the first of her voyages round the world, embarking at Hamburg for Rio at the end of the following month."
Stanhope, Lady Hester - A Gallery of Eccentric Women: Lady Hester Stanhope, by Nanette Mason (GOP 1888)
Apparently a very talkative lady who took up residence in Syria.
Walker, Lucy - See Burnaby & Walker, above

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