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The Society has worked with publishers to produce large-format books using our Collections.

Exploration Experience (Andre Deutsch, 2008)

Drawing on documents and maps from the Society’s Collections, author and historian Beau Riffenburgh shares heroic stories of history’s great explorers in this stunning book.

To the Ends of the Earth (Bloomsbury, 2005)

From early African exploration to later expeditions to the Middle East, the Indian subcontinent, Asia and South America, over 175 years of Society history.

With Scott to the Pole (Bloomsbury, 2004)

Herbert Ponting’s stunning images illustrate the tale of Scott's tragic 1910-1913 expedition to the South Pole. Chapters cover the history of Antarctic exploration, expedition preparation, and feats of endurance.

Everest: The Summit of Achievement (Bloomsbury, 2003)

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first ascent, the first book on the subject to benefit from complete access to our Collections. It chronicles the history of Everest exploration and records surveying, planning, reconnaissance and attempts, 1921-1953.

Royal Geographical Society Illustrated (Scriptum, 1997)

Showcasing more than 300 images, with accompanying essays, RGS Illustrated presents the world’s varied landscapes, habitats, peoples and cultures.

Atlas of Exploration (Philip's, 1996)

Tracing the history of exploration, including scientific expeditions. Includes biographies of 300 explorers, relief maps and a 5000-year time chart of exploration.

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