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proud to present, for the first time in history, all five of Aimé
Tschiffely's remarkable travel books. Now Basha O'Reilly has inherited
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Junction - One
reviewer described “Bohemia Junction” as ‘Forty years of adventurous
living condensed into one book.” It is all that and more!
Aimé Tschiffely was the most famous equestrian traveler of the twentieth
century because of his legendary 10,000 mile ride from Argentina to
Washington DC in 1925.
Readers won’t be surprised then to discover that exotic people, faraway
places and equestrian adventure make up the background to the explorer’s
autobiography. “Bohemia Junction” is packed with the amazing
assortment of humanity that Tschiffely met during his lifetime of travel,
including cowboys, prize-fighters, writers, Indians, and the eccentric
riff-raff of three continents.
From Cape Horn to New York, Tschiffely journeyed wherever his vagabond
fancy took him. And each region explored had its quota of “bohemians”
in the old sense of the word – men and women for whom love of adventure
was a reality.
“Bohemia Junction” delivers more than just an account of the famous
equestrian traveler’s life. It gives the reader an exuberant drama,
peopled by the reckless rough-necks of a now bygone age.
No equestrian travel collection is complete without this timeless classic.
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Paths - What
does the world’s most famous equestrian explorer do when he comes home
to England after making a 10,000 mile ride from Argentina to Washington,
DC? He writes a best-selling book about his adventures, “Tschiffely’s
Ride”, then sets off on a new horse to explore rural 1930s Britain.
Through the ancient New Forest, over the lonely mountains of Wales, and
across the rugged landscape of Scotland, the renowned author investigated
the nooks and crannies of this island kingdom. Mounted on his gentle Cob
mare, Violet, Tschiffely details the last roving adventure of its kind.
“Bridle Paths” is a final poetic look at a now-vanished Britain, as it
was before the advent of suburbia changed it forever.
This superb book is amply illustrated with Tschiffely’s own pencil
drawings. As a bonus, it includes a special appendix listing the equipment
used by the mounted traveler, as well as detailed sketches of the method
he used to pack his horse.
No equestrian travel collection is complete without this classic tale.
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Mancha y Gato Cuentan
sus Aventuros ("The Tale of Two Horses" in Spanish) -
Es un libro que The Long Riders'
Guild Press ofrece a los niños: está escrito para ellos. Los mil episodios plenos de
aventura y de sana emoción que se sucedieron durante los dos años que duró
el arriesgado viaje están narrados, como se hace en las fábulas, por Mancha
y Gato: ellos mismos relatan sus peripecias.
Era un maestro de escuela que
ambicionaba realizar una gran empreso. ¿Cuál podia ser?
Su espíritu romántico, con algo
de aventurer y no poco de héroe, lo espoleaba de continuo. Se decidió por
Aimé Tschiffely era entre
nosotros uno de esos extranjeros con corazón argentino: amaba lo nuestro, y,
como algo muy nuestro, al “caballito criollo”. Formuló un aserto y se
propuso demostrarlo: “El caballo criollo argentino es de una guapeza y
resistencia a toda prueba – dijo – y no cede a ninguno en el trabajo duro y
continuardo en cualquier condición”.
Para demonstralo eligió a Mancha
y Gato, y llevado por ellos unió en un raid sin precedentes en los
anales de la equitación, las dos extremas capitales de las repúblicas
americanas: Buenos Aires y Wáshington. Confió, como él mismo lo dice, su
salud y aun su vida al generoso y noble aguante de estos dos caballos, hijos
de la Patagonia.
Ni la humedad insalubre de las
selvas tropicales y de las regiones lacustres y pantanosas, ni el sol
abrasador de los desiertos ni los precipicios y ventisqueros de las montañas
ni el hambre ni la sed ni el frío fueron suficientes para debilitar el
entusiasmo del hombre ni para doblegar el aguante de sus dos caballos.
Mancha y Gato llevaron a su dueño hasta la meta después de un recorrido de
18.000 kilómetros. Odisea admirable que sólo pudieron realizar la voluntad
de un idealista y la guapeze del “caballito criollo”.
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|Round and About Spain -
The Second World War had recently concluded, and life in England was still
full of hardship and rationing. Is it any wonder then that when a visiting
Spanish professor urged Aimé to explore his sunny country, the
ever-wandering Tschiffely jumped at the chance? The only problem was that
the English government prohibited any of its citizens to depart overseas
with more than £50. Such a paltry amount would barely allow Tschiffely to
stay alive and it immediately ruled out the idea of him buying and riding
horses in search of Spanish adventure. Yet just when things look as bleak as
a foggy London morning, a British motorcycle company offered to donate one
of their new machines to the stranded traveller. The resulting trip saw
Tschiffely joyfully roaming five thousand miles during a four month
exploration through the country he labelled "the land of the unexpected."
From Finisterre to Gibraltar, the fluent Spanish speaking Aimé chatted to
everyone including bootblacks, beggars and Benedictines. In a country which
abounds in poetry and history he tracked down Phoenician legends, then
danced till dawn with Gypsies. Someone once said, if Spain didn't exist,
someone would have to invent it. Likewise we would feel the need to invent
Aimé Tschiffely, that literary angel of the Long Rider's world, who wandered
across the globe and through our hearts.
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Tale of Two Horses - In
the world-famous travel book, "Tschiffely's Ride", the Swiss
author recounted how he and his two Criollo horses, Mancha and Gato, set
off from Argentina in 1924, bound for faraway Washington DC. Their
legendary 10,000 mile ride took them through the mountains and jungles of
South and Central America, where they encountered a host of adventures,
including rope bridges, vampire bats, sand storms, treacherous mountains,
quicksand and hostile natives!
Now here is the same story but delivered with a new twist. For the
first time in history, the story is narrated by the two equine heroes,
Mancha and Gato. Their unique point of view is guaranteed to delight
children and adults alike.
With a preface by famed horseman R.B. Cunningham Graham, "The Tale of
Two Horses" is amply illustrated with drawings by the author.
No equestrian travel collection could be considered complete without this
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Way Southward - Tschiffely
rides again ! But this time in a 30 horse-power Ford.
The most famous equestrian
explorer of the twentieth century decides to make a perilous journey
across the Atlantic. His mission? To return to his old
haunts in South America and undertake a harrowing 7,000 mile journey
through Argentina, across the inhospitable regions of Tierra del Fuego and
over the majestic Andes mountains.
One of the finest travel writers of his day, Tschiffely packs his story
with a host of adventures and colourful characters including riding with
gauchos and staying with the legendary Ona Indians. In addition “This
Way Southward” details the adventurer’s emotional last meeting with
his two legendary Criollo horses, Mancha and Gato. These were the equine
heroes Tschiffely had ridden for 10,000 miles in 1925 from Argentina to
Washington DC, and who were now living in retirement on the wild South
Lavishly illustrated with maps and numerous photographs taken by the
author, “This Way Southward” is a rare treat for anyone interested in
the travels of this famous traveller. No equestrian travel collection is
complete without this famous classic.
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Ride - No
one knew they were looking at a hero and his two horses.
Instead the local
press derided him as "a lunatic proposing to ride overland to New York."
The time was 1925.
The place, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Standing on the
threshold of equestrian travel history was a young Swiss Long Rider named
Aimé Tschiffely. Next to him were his two faithful Criollo horses, Mancha
and Gato. Their collective goal was to ride more than ten thousand miles
from Buenos Aires to New York. No one had ever attempted such a journey.
Everyone thought Tschiffely was mad.
Looking back on what
would become the most famous equestrian journey of the modern age, it is
difficult to believe that anyone doubted the abilities of the legendary Long
Rider and his hardy horses. Yet the school teacher who became an equestrian
explorer had been told he was too inexperienced, his horses too old, and the
journey too difficult.
What Aimé Tschiffely
was told was wrong.
This is the story of
the greatest equestrian epic of the twentieth century, a journey that came
about because a man and his horses refused to quit - ever! During the course
of their travels Tschiffely, Mancha and Gato crossed deadly deserts, passed
through jungles, traversed sky-high mountain passes - and rode on. They were
assailed by vampire bats, mistaken for gods and navigated the Panama Canal -
but rode on.
them. No one since has rivalled their accomplishments.
Often imitated but
never outdone, this timeless book remains the most beloved equestrian travel
classic of all time. So saddle up for the ride of a lifetime. But beware:
the story of Tschiffely's Ride has inspired five generations to take to the
saddle in search of mounted adventure.
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The German-language translation of
Tschiffely's Ride. Please click here
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