Here’s something pretty cool recommended by my
amateur archaeologist and fellow honorary Chinese buddy Jerry Helliker: The Hakluyt Society.
“The Hakluyt Society seeks to advance knowledge and education by the publication of scholarly editions of primary records of voyages, travels and other geographical material.
Membership of the Society is strongly recommended to anybody interested in the history of exploration and travel, exploratory voyages, geographical discovery and worldwide cultural encounter.”
The Society’s latest publication is The Guiana Travels of Robert Schomburgk 1835-1844, which appeared in February.
I’ve done a bit of transcription work in this field, putting the first Swedish account of travels in Asia and Africa on-line in 2005: Nils Mattsson Kiöping‘s from the mid-17th century. Prior to that, the book hadn’t been re-issued in full since 1743. The book is a gem, well worth getting used to 17th-century Swedish spelling (or the lack of it). I wish the Hakluyt Society would commission me to translate it into English.