Since before the advent of the printed word, people have been telling stories of adventure and travel.

The allure of exploring foreign locales and visiting far-flung parts of the world drives us explore new lands, but we can't always do the exploring ourselves. Collecting travel books is a wonderfully engaging alternative or complement to our own travel, giving us insight into how people of bygone eras viewed the world, or providing the means for us to visit places that we cannot go ourselves.